Postmodern Realities Archive

Episode 060: A Christian Response to the Hindu Concept of Spiritual Quest

Episode 059: Kindergarteners Need Apologetics, Too “Hindus believe that life is basically a search, or a quest. One cannot expect to find all the answers to life’s deepest questions in one lifetime in a simple, easy-to-digest formula. It is a long, ongoing endeavor. Hindus believe that a search of this magnitude and importance takes an […]

Episode 059: Kindergarteners Need Apologetics, Too

Episode 059: Kindergarteners Need Apologetics, Too “Asking when we should begin teaching apologetics assumes it is a discipleship endeavor that is separate from the rest of a child’s spiritual development. For many people, the reason for that idea is an assumed definition of apologetics that is overly narrow and difficult to apply to young kids. […]

Episode 058: A Movie Review of The Shape of Water

Episode 058: A movie review of The Shape of Water Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Rated R, 2017) In The Shape of Water, Mexican writer-director Guillermo del Toro blends a wide variety of sources — from fairy tales to classic Hollywood movies to the Bible — to tell an original and unusual love story about a […]

Episode 057: The Handmaid’s Tale

Episode 057: The Handmaid’s Tale “Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, have taken to donning the red handmaids’ attire to protest current cultural and political threats to reproductive freedom, specifically abortion rights. If those rights go, they surmise, then so will all of the progress feminism has […]

Episode 056: Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop: The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper

Episode 056: Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop: The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper “Has secular hip hop “gone religious”? One platinum-selling artist gives performances on high-profile stages that resemble worship services. Another critically acclaimed rapper includes on his album interludes with expositions from Deuteronomy. This small trend is a surprise. In the […]

Episode 055: Malcolm X and the Christian Ethic of Violence

Episode 055: Malcolm X and the Christian Ethic of Violence Malcolm X is arguably one of the most important people in African American religious and political thought. He was a man heavily influenced by his own personal experiences and the historic moment into which he was born. Along with the societal hardships that accompanied being […]

Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

Episode 054: “The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of ‘the Nones’” with John McAteer “Editor’s note: We realize that interpretations and reactions to storyline elements and their ramifications have been hotly debated. We offer this review as one plausible viewpoint. Theoretically, “the Force” in the Star Wars movies has always been […]

Episode 053: Changing Attitudes toward the Resurrection of Jesus

Episode 053: “Changing Attitudes toward the Resurrection of Jesus” (Feature article: Issue 40.04) with Gary Habermas “When considering recent critical responses to the resurrection of Jesus, believers may envision the centuries-old, well-worn alternatives. Did Jesus’ disciples steal His dead body, as mentioned in Matthew? Five such counter-moves are found in the gospels, with three of […]

Episode 052: The Benedict Option

Episode 052: “The Benedict Option” (Book Review: Issue 40.04) with Mike Austin “What exactly is the Benedict Option? In short, the book includes a call for Christians to consider withdrawing from some aspects of, and strategies for engaging, American culture, such as seeking change through the means of political power. … The heart of the […]

Episode 051: The Apologetics of Community in All Saints

Episode 051: “The Apologetics of Community in All Saints” web film review with John McAteer In the new faith based film All Saints, (in theaters Sept. 2017) newly ordained, Michael Spurlock’s first assignment is to pastor All Saints, a struggling church in Tennessee with and handful of members and a mortgage beyond its means. The […]

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