How we Evolved to have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will – Christian Article

I am pumped to share this episode with you. For a long time I have enjoyed the work of biologist Kenneth R. Miller and over the course of this conversation we cover a number of topics which include… How the poetry of Thomas Merton help bring Ken back to faith His role in the debates between Creation Science, Intelligence Design, and Evolution “if Augustine and Aquinas were around today, they would be evolutionists” on the craft of being a baseball…

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Getting Flexible in Faith and Politics with Bonnie Kristian – Christian Article

Political and theological writer Bonnie Kristian is on to talk about her new book,  A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What it Means to Follow Jesus Today. This book is an easy intro to lots of different topics and expressions of the Christian faith today, and an invitation for the American church to see beyond its borders to the spectrum and diversity of the tradition. A Flexible Faith is organized like a reference manual, and written at a level that is accessible and engaging,…

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Jesus Rode A Dinosaur LIVE with Science Mike – Christian Article

This is a live podcast from the Jesus Rode a Dinosaur: Talking to Youth about Faith in a Scientific Age conference with Science Mike. Science Mike cuts right to the chase and asks Tripp some important questions about theology: How is theology even a thing? How does one know what is a right or good theological framework? Then they chat about the ways in which the Enlightenment ruined theology, why valuing beauty is the most appropriate place to begin doing theology, the two…

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Theology Beer Camp Preview with Nathan Gilmour – Christian Article

Nathan Gilmour, from the Christian Humanist podcast, joins Tripp for a taste of what to expect at Theology Beer Camp in Asheville, NC this August 16-18. There, you’ll get to see the East Coast premiere of The Road to Edmond. If for some reason you can’t come to the entire Theology Beer Camp, you can still come see the movie premiere on August 17th from 7-10pm at Habitat Brewing Co. Get Tickets here. In this episode, Tripp and Nathan talk about…

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An Oxford Philosopher’s Journey from Atheism to Idealism with Keith Ward – Christian Article

This most zesty episode was part of the Cosmic Campfire reading group. I joined Science Mike, Mike Morrell, and a couple thousand nerds as we read through a new collection of spiritual memoirs – How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere. Keith Ward was one of the contributors and he jumped on video chat to talk with Mike and I for the group. It was an energetic and fun conversation that covered a number of topics from science, physics, materialism,…

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Thomas Jay Oord wants you to know “God Can’t” – Christian Article

          I love Tom Oord. It is rare someone as intelligent as Tom is simultaneously committed to the life of the church, sensitive to people’s lived experience, and advancing the intellectual quest in multiple areas. In this episode I talk with Tom about his newest book, God Can’t: how to believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and other Evils. During this conversation we both share a number of personal stories. Some of them may be…

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Brian McLaren – A New Kind of Road Trip – Christian Article

 It’s time for the great reversal!! Brain McLaren takes the roll of the interviewer and turns to me for the A’s to the Q’s. It was a blast. Personally I am extremely honored that Brian not only watched (and enjoyed) my film, The Road to Edmond, but that he took the time to plan a fun conversation about it. You will learn a bit about the movie production, writing, acting and such, but also hear us wrestle with the topics the film…

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Greg Jarrell and a Riff on Love – Christian Article

Greg Jarrell is a friend and hero of mine. It was a real honor to not only have him on the podcast, but help host a little party to celebrate the release of his new book A Riff of Love. Greg is a founder of QC Family Tree, a community of hospitality in Charlotte, NC, where he shares life with his wife, Helms, their two kids, and a host of other neighbors who have become kin. In our conversation we talk about…

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God, Cosmic History, and Extraterrestrial Life – Christian Article

In this episode we are going to talk about a bunch of different topics in the larger science and religion conversation. Topics include cosmic history, divine action, the history of religions, astrotheology, and even extraterrestrial life. We are joined by a living legend in the field, Ted Peters. Ted is a Research Professor at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He is Research Professor Emeritus in Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. You can check out…

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Rolf Jacobson: Israel’s In-Your-Face, Holy God – Christian Article

You don’t have to be an Old Testament hater. I know it seems popular and pretty easy to dismiss the Hebrew scriptures, BUT it is a heresy and almost all the reasons you will think of apply to the New Testament as well. Here’s the deal – the reason we are easily attracted to ditching the Hebrew scriptures may be we really don’t want to read, hear, and listen as they intend to be heard. For that very reason I…

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Physics, Cosmology, and Faith after Evangelicalism – Christian Article

Physicist and regular contributor to the religion & science conversation, Dr. Karl Giberson is on the podcast. You will get to hear the inside story of this ex-evangelical scientist’s changing relationship to science and the church he first knew. Ultimately Dr. Giberson couldn’t see a way for the American evangelical community to reconcile with science and today, while still a Christian, works in a Catholic context. The topics we cover are wide-ranging and include: Physics & Cosmology the Multiverse (and…

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Spotting Hypocrisy and Becoming Virtuous – Christian Article

What is morality for? Where did ‘the good’ come from? Is the human even a trustworthy partner for asking these questions? In this episode I am joined by Dr. Robert Kurzban, an evolutionary psychologist, who has spent his life studying human behavior through an evolutionary framework. Robert was a complete blast to converse with and I grateful he took the time to talk to me off a cold email through the digital-space. Over the course of our time you will…

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From Mindful Resistance to the New Agnosticism – Christian Article

I am super duper pumped to share my conversation with Robert Wright. For a long time I have enjoyed Bob’s podcast, books, and his new post-Trump newsletter. His return to the podcast follows my visit this past week on his own, which was a bunch of fun. Here’s a number of topics we tackle: Why Buddhism is True The problem with getting rid of prayers of confession from worship Why everyone could use a class in evolutionary psychology Western love…

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David Congdon + Travis McMaken: Dialectical Theology – Christian Article

The dynamic duo of dialectical theology – David Congdon & Travis McMaken – are on the podcast. These two scholars, friends, and theological provocateurs are here to bring you some dialectical theology. This conversation was recorded in their hotel room at the American Academy of Religion. Their room may or may not have had a bunch of crystals surrounding a giant collection of analytic theology texts. In this podcast we discuss…. – the day David convinced Travis the bodily resurrection…

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Michael Ruse: Darwinian Existentialism – Christian Article

Michael Ruse was a complete treat as a guest. He is an insightful, energetic, and humorous conversation partner. On top of that, as a philosopher of science, Dr. Ruse brings a career’s worth of insights into the present state of the religion and science conversation. I have quite a bit of gratitude that Dr. Ruse took his time to join the podcast. During the podcast we discuss: the changing shape of the relationship between Religion – Science the battle over…

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Game of Thrones and Professional Podcasting – Christian Article

WINTER IS COMING!  A. Ron of the Bald Move is on the podcast talking podcasting, online community, and Game of Thrones (GOT). It is fun. Not only is A. Ron host of my favorite GOT podcast, but he recently put out a two volume exploration of the religions of GOT. George R.R. Martin, author of GOT, recognized that many fantasy works (like LOTR) may explore religious themes, but they rarely have a rich tapestry of religious life. That is not a…

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