I recently had the pleasure of being on Atheistically Speaking, an atheist podcast by Thomas Smith, for the 2nd time! Last time it was a relatively informal discussion of the Kalam Cosmological Argument, and I enjoyed myself. I don’t consider myself anything of an expert on the topic, but I enjoy having a good conversation.
This time, the topic was the horrible arguments used regularly by the atheist community. The conversation was at least as good as the KCA conversation, if not better. I know I enjoyed myself both times. Read the rest of this entry »
I haven’t posted anything in a little while, even though there is a ton that I could write about (like 3 parent children, net neutrality, and a wide variety of comments on old blog posts), I’ve been a bit distracted by a large number of things. So, I wanted to update you as to what was going on in my life right now.
Outside of a whole bunch of random things happening in my life, I have recently started 1 major project (a podcast), a bunch of mini projects and continued with regular projects.
Major project: The Live Christianly Podcast!
My brother in law (Dan) and I have recently launched The Live Christianly Podcast, and we’re having a lot of fun with it. Unfortunately, podcasting (and everything associated with it) comes with a lot of previously unknown complications. If you like the stuff I write here, you’ll probably like the stuff we talk about on the show. Dan is
If you’re not a podcast listener, start with this one! And then look at my awesome podcast recommendations!
A bunch of minor projects
The first thing I want to tell you about is that I’m moving my apologetics blog posts from HashtagApologetics over to TheologyMix. I really like what they’re doing at TheologyMix (you can find my posts here and under the TheologyMix menu), and I plan on contributing more to their website. Because of this, I will be modifying the HtA posts slightly for ThM, and then removing them from HtA. The blog will still stay up because other people have content on that site, but I don’t plan on contributing to HtA anymore.
Side note: if you’re interested in contributing to HtA at all, let me know
I recently had the privilege of going on my friend Richard Bushey‘s new debate show/podcast and discuss the topic of abortion with 2 pro-choice guys, another pro-life guy and Bushey (who is pro-life). It certainly was… an interesting discussion. Here’s the video:
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Its not very often where I will recommend a podcast that has [probably] stopped producing content. However, if you’re interested in one of the best pro-life audio resources available, allow me to point you to…
There’s so much that could be said about Life Report in terms of the valuable content, the character of those doing it, the value in the way they approach the issues… everything. This podcast is great.
While employed at Right to Life of Central California, Josh Brahm spear-headed Life Report with the help of several other people. Eventually, Josh ended up splitting with Right to Life of Central California and establishing the Equal Rights Institute, which ended Josh’s contribution to the Life Report podcast (you can read about that announcement here).
Josh’s last episode was episode 199.
Who ends on 199?! That would kill the completionist in me.
Hello everyone! I hope you had a gr8 Christmas and new year! Welcome to 2015!
My normal plan for this blog is to post something on Monday and then a favorite podcast of the week on Friday. However, I’ve neglected this last Monday.
Hopefully you will forgive me. After all, it was between Christmas and the New Year! #HolidayProbs
I do have some good news! My abject negligence will culminate in a decent post this Monday (hopefully) the doctrine of Hell and why I believe the Bible does not teach the [traditional doctrine] eternal conscious torment.
Speaking of Hell… I’d like to introduce my favorite podcast of the week:
Rethinking Hell is probably one of the best series on the doctrine of Hell from a conditionalist perspective I’ve ever encountered. Granted there aren’t that many podcasts that fill this niche, but I’m glad these guys are doing it because they do it very well. And they have a dang cool podcast logo and website banner.
Just look at it. #fire
If you’d like to know more about annihilationism (before my post on Monday, of course), listen to the most recent two episodes of Rethinking Hell. It is a 2-part series covering a recent informal debate between conditionalist Edward Fudge and traditionalist Frank Zuber on Moody Radio. Just listening to Ronnie & Chris discuss the issues in this debate will make for a solid primer for anyone new to conditionalism.
You can find the discussion here (the link I had wasn’t working; waiting on a response from Moody for a new link).
Many of their other episodes deal with specific responses to specific claims made by critics of annihilationism, and they deal with the objections fairly and substantially. I strongly suggest going to them for a well-informed view on hell from a conditionalist perspective.
Specifically, I really enjoyed episode 4 – The Case for Annihilationism with Glenn Peoples, and episode 7 – Traditional Objections Answered with Chris Date.
If you are a conditionalist, this is a great resource for responding to critiques of annihilationism.
If you are a traditionalist, universalist, or just on the fence on this issue, this is a great way to understand the arguments of conditionalists.
In my post on Monday, I’ll be linking to more conditionalist resources.
And like always, if you have a podcast that you think is just downright amazing, let me know! In the comments or on twitter 🙂
Specifically, episode 309: On Being a Workaholic. This episode is great, but is very very very unlike his normal podcast content… which is just as great, but in a totally different way. In this episode, Tom talks about the lessons he learned while being a ‘workaholic’; namely that he used to carry his work over into his family life. As someone who has moderate workaholic tendencies, I’m going to learn vicariously through him and take his advice.
Usually, Woods discusses libertarian political philosophy. He puts out a new episode every weekday, and they’re usually around 30 minutes long. I love that they’re so short because it allows for a full episode while driving to work, or it allows you to binge listen to 250 of them in a month or two (#PersonalExperience). One of my favorite things about the Tom Woods Show is that he doesn’t do politics; I hate politics. He does political philosophy.
By “politics” i mean pointing at specific people and arguing about their voting record and arguing over whether the tax rate should be 15% or 17%.
By political philosophy, I mean economics, the role of government, taxation, foreign policy, etc. Tom does mostly political philosophy. And when he does do ‘politics’, it doesn’t suck because it is mostly political philosophy anyway!
So after you listen to On Being a Workaholic, you should listen to these other episodes (listed below). I’ve been listening and writing down the episodes that I think are the best of the best, and these are them. My top 15, if you will.
Should you listen to my top 15? Yes.
Should you binge listen to his entire podcast repertoire? Even more yes.
Be careful though. Woods is the kind of libertarian that makes the average non-libertarian uncomfortable with how much he LOVES FREEDOM. (lol)
- 7: Guns 101 (no iTunes link, but you can search for it (do it))
- 13: Objections to Libertarianism (iTunes)
- 53: Before the Welfare State? (iTunes)
- 54: Pope Francis on Capitalism (iTunes)
- 80: Libertarians are Scary! (iTunes)
- 81: Raise the Minimum Wage? (iTunes)
- 100: Are there Good Arguments for the State? (iTunes)
- 119: The Environment and the Market (iTunes)
- 123: Climate Change and Liberty (iTunes)
- 144: Libertarian Christians (iTunes)
- 243: Why Arguments for Government Don’t Work (iTunes)
- 257: Austrian Economics vs. a Mainstream Text (iTunes)
- 263: Friedman Takes on Tough Libertarian Questions (iTunes)
- 272: Am I a Dummy for Believing in God? (iTunes)
- 296: Maximize Your Results, Minimize Your Time: Five Tips for Learning Liberty (iTunes)
I have a BINGE & accidentally-ignore relationship with many of the podcasts I listen to. Thankfully iTunes doesn’t accidentally ignore podcasts in the same way I do. So when I remember to listen to a podcast, there are several episodes waiting for me! Yay!
This is exactly what happened this week with Ken Samples‘ podcast, Straight Thinking (iTunes). My forgetfulness is not meant to be seen as a shot against Straight Thinking at all. I may not always agree with Samples (or Reasons to Believe), but his systematic way of approaching theological and philosophical topics is great. Samples is a great teacher, and rarely am I left wondering what he meant by (insert complex topic here) or where he stands on (insert theological or philosophical topic here) and why.
Samples’ ability as a teacher is 50% of the reason I am recommending this podcast this week. The other 50% is because he has started a lengthy series on logic and critical thinking. I think it’ll be a great opportunity for those looking for a practical look at logic, reason and the proper use of your brain.
He is calling it “Logic 101”, and as of today (12/19/14) he has gone through 4 episodes.
Logic 101A: The Whats and Whys of Logical Thinking
Logic 101B: Thinking Logically about Conspiracy Theories
Logic 101C: Think It Through
Logic 101D: Enhancing Brain-Mind Power
Check it out!
Let me know what you think!
And if you have a favorite podcast that you’d like to recommend, put it in the comments section or tweet at me! @ElijiahT
I’m always looking for new podcasts to binge-listen to.
I really like the Stuff You Should Know (SYSK) podcast, and if you don’t listen to it, you really should add it to your repertoire of podcasts. If for no other reason but to impress people with the random knowledge you have about X-rays, currency, ebola, allergies, body odor, magnets and shark attacks!
This episode is essentially a homeschooling primer.Josh and Chuck present an overview of a wide variety of homeschooling stuff, giving something of a meta-look at the entire topic. Before you start homeschooling…
– what questions should you ask?
– what does your state require for homeschoolers?
– how should you prepare?
– are you qualified to teach your kids?
– what about curriculum?
– why are you doing it?
I know this helped me gain a bit of a perspective on homeschooling (my wife and her brother were both homeschooled), and it is something worth considering for our son, Micah, and for any children we may have in the future. So whether or not you would consider homeschooling a viable option for you and your kids, check out this SYSK episode. My guess is that you’ll be hearing more about homeschooling in the future… it is gaining popularity (especially in response to common core stuff, but that’s another topic altogether)
As a podcast junkie myself, my goal is to post the best podcast episode every week so that I can get you guys into podcasting too! Podcasts are awesome and I hope to point you guys to some really, really awesome ones.
My brother in law and I are launching our podcast (Live Christianly) very soon! I’ll post here about that when it happens.