Aug 4, 2014

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The City Podcast: History and Politics (And the Berlin Wall)

Russell Kirk and the Roots of Conservatism Featuring: Dr. Barbara Elliott, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds Many of you may have a hard time caring about politics because it seems unintelligent, uncharitable, and irrelevant to how you live your day to day life. What if we told you that this was not always the case? Enter Dr. Barbara Elliott. She is the...

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Jul 30, 2014

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The City Podcast: Travel!

International Living Featuring: Dr. Marie Mater, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds Dr. Marie Mater has lived or spent significant time in 31 countries and territories. From growing up raising steers for the rodeo in Kansas to studying rhetoric in Ireland to avoiding Peking Duck in Singapore, Dr. Mater brings her significant insights of intercultural communication to The...

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Jul 23, 2014

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Myth of Natural Evil, Part 3

Part 3 of a 3 part series. Part 1 can be read here. Part 2 here. In this post I will conclude by considering a Biblical critique to the idea that natural evil may be reversed and the existence of pain. Biblical Critique of Reversing Natural Evil The original presentation of the material found in this series did elicit a critique based on two passages in the Bible that deserve a...

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Jul 21, 2014

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Reflections on My Writing

My friend and fellow writer Kelly Belmonte invited me to contribute to a series of blog posts reflecting on writing practice (check out her contribution, and her new poetry book!) I always find it interesting to hear how fellow writers approach their work, so I was glad to put in my two cents, as follows: 1. What am I working on? My new book, Not God’s Type: An Atheist...

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Jul 16, 2014

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Myth of Natural Evil, Part 2

Part 2 of a 3 part series. Part 1 can be read here. Part 3 here. In this post I will continue looking at reasons why natural evil is an unhelpful, even non-existent category, for discussing the problem of evil. In the previous post we looked at the first reason, that some forms of natural evil are best understood in terms of their cause, namely human sin. Does Nature...

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Jul 14, 2014

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The City Podcast: Tolkien and CGI, Austen and Game Theory

On CGI Featuring: Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald, Dr. John Mark Reynolds Will we ever be able to be in a movie the way we can be in a story when we read a book? We love movies. And we love stories. So here we are, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of CGI versus models versus imagination. Spoiler: Imagination wins. Recommended in this podcast: On Fairy Stories by J.R.R....

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Jul 9, 2014

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Myth of Natural Evil, part 1

Part 1 of a 3 part series. Part 2 can be read here. Part 3 here. It is a familiar refrain, “Where was God?” Whenever there is a tragic loss of human life, our otherwise secular culture suddenly cries out and asks, “Why did God let this happen?” When the tragedy in question is the result of depraved human agency, the absence of God’s action is still questioned, but the...

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