Postmodern Realities Archive

Episode 098 Virtual Violence, Video Game Addiction, and the Kingdom of God

“Recently the World Health Organization added ‘Gaming Disorder’ to the 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)3 — a tool for diagnosing diseases. Combine this with the many parents dismayed by their children’s obsession with the video game Fortnite, and it seems that the game industry’s darkest demons are being exposed. More than two billion people play […]

Episode 097 “Was Hitler a Christian?”

  “My feelings as a Christian point me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter.” —Adolf Hitler “It is not difficult to find collections of quotes like this one, intended to prove that Adolf Hitler was a Christian. In many of his speeches and writings, Hitler referred to God or Jesus or quoted the […]

Episode 096 Reversing Roe Documentary Film Review

  “If the battleground over abortion resembles a chess board, the new Netflix documentary Reversing Roe is an offensive bombardment on the pro-life movement’s front lines. The problem is that the film talks around abortion without ever really talking about it at all. Its release is eerily timely — its conclusion set the stage for […]

Episode 095 Virtue, Human Nature, and the Quest for Happiness

“It is evident from social observation that human beings desire happiness, not as a means to something else but as an end in itself. Many major worldviews seem to agree that one crucial ingredient of happiness is virtuous living. This idea goes back at least as far as ancient Greek philosophy, particularly the works of […]

Episode 094 The Pro-Choice Argument against Aborting Children with Down Syndrome

“In Choosing Down Syndrome: Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technologies, author Chris Kaposy, the associate professor of Bioethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University Newfoundland, argues that advancements in less invasive prenatal testing will increase the use of those tests and produce a greater number of occurrences of selective abortion in cases of Down syndrome […]

Episode 093 Ghost Hunters and God: Finding Reason in the Pursuit of the Paranormal

“Stories of ghosts and experiences of the paranormal have been a historical constant for as long as humans have wondered what happens after death. But as the entertainment industry has become increasingly desperate for our always divided-attention, these stories have been hybridized with reality TV and promoted on channels not traditionally associated with the category […]

Episode 092 Literary Apologetics: Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor was a Roman Catholic novelist, essayist, and short story writer whose Complete Short Stories won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1972. Her fictional work explores existential questions of grace, morality, freedom, and transcendence in the lives of grotesque characters. Are humans free to determine the nature of reality or does reality (both spiritual […]

Episode 091: Masturbation and the Christian

Although masturbation (solo sex) is a nearly universal behavior, it is rarely discussed in the church. However, the increasing support in the media for solo sex as a healthy activity means the church must begin to address it. The moral legitimacy of this behavior has long been debated in Christian circles. To arrive at a […]

Episode 90: Philip Dick Man in High Castle

“Amazon Studios is heavily invested in the success of their original television series The Man in the High Castle….The studio’s choice of this program as one to boost makes sense, both because of its rich source material (adapted from a novel of the same name written by legendary science fiction author Philip K. Dick) and […]

Episode 089: Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

“There is little doubt that the New Testament makes several unique claims concerning Jesus. Some of these exclusive comments regard claims that Jesus Christ was deity, or that He is the sole path to salvation, or that He was raised from the dead. The claims and deeds of Jesus become even more distinct when compared […]