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Kristin Kobes Du Mez and Walter Kim: Jesus and John Wayne in the Evangelical Church

Kristin Kobes Du Mez and Walter Kim: Jesus and John Wayne in the Evangelical Church

May 19, 2022

This episode explores how “masculinity” has shaped elements of white evangelicalism in America. As evangelicals frequently make headlines for their voting patterns and outsized political influence, this discussion will peel back the layers and go deeper—especially on issues of gender equality, racial justice, historic Christian orthodoxy, global expressions of evangelicalism, and the possibilities and limits for evangelical renewal. American evangelicalism is today navigating an important moment of reorientation and reexamination of its identity, and as our speakers highlight, it has much to learn from the history and witness of its global counterparts.

 

Guests

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Walter Kim

 

Additional Resources 

Jesus and John Wayne: How Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez 

National Association of Evangelicals 

Christine Emba and Kimberly June Miller: On ”Rethinking Sex”

Christine Emba and Kimberly June Miller: On ”Rethinking Sex”

April 28, 2022

On this episode, we are joined by Christine Emba, opinion columnist for The Washington Post, and Kimberly June Miller, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Christine has just written a fascinating new book called, Rethinking Sex: A Provocation, which opens with this moral quote: “It is only by asserting one’s humanness every time, in all situations, that one becomes someone rather than something. That, after all, is the core of our struggle.”

In this provocative book, Christine raises profound questions about meaning and connection, sexuality and even spirituality, as she traces shifting generational views of sex and sexual practices in America.

 

Guests

Christine Emba 

Kimberly June Miller 

 

Additional Reading 

Rethinking Sex: A Provocation, by Christine Emba 

Boundaries for Your Soul, by Kimberly June Miller and Alison Cook

Kori Schake and Chris Seiple: Russia and the Role of Religion in Ukraine

Kori Schake and Chris Seiple: Russia and the Role of Religion in Ukraine

March 16, 2022

How much of a role does religion play in the war Vladimir Putin launched in Ukraine? It's a complicated question, but the answer may very well be: more than most Western experts think. Our guests on this episode of the Faith Angle podcast bring decades of military, foreign policy, and peacemaking expertise to help us make sense of the horrible war now unfolding in Ukraine. Dr. Kori Schake is Director of Foreign and Defense Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dr. Chris Seiple is Founder of the The Sagestone Group, as well as principal advisor to the Templeton Religion Trust. The picture in Ukraine is complex, and today's guests help us see more clearly. 

 

Guests

Kori Schake 

Chris Seiple

 

Additional Resources

"Putin Accidentally Revitalized the West's Liberal Order," by Kori Schake

The Routledge Handbook of Religious Literacy, Pluralism, and Global Engagement, by Chris Seiple 

 

Twitter Links 

Julia Ioffe 

Lawrence Freedman

Michael Kofman 

Rob Lee 

Shashank Joshi

Sarah Coakley and Eliza Griswold: Theology, Desire, and Vocation in Today’s World

Sarah Coakley and Eliza Griswold: Theology, Desire, and Vocation in Today’s World

March 1, 2022

In this episode, we are joined by a world-class Anglican theologian, Dr. Sarah Coakley, and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker, Eliza Griswold. Dr. Coakley's scholarship looks at the Trinity, "New Asceticism," Christology, power, sexuality, and the distinction of the self. Today, she is continuing her trilogy in systematics, aiming in a forthcoming volume at a robust theological examination of race. In this episode, Dr. Coakley and Eliza connect the wisdom of historic Christian thinkers with the urgent issues of a world that is today perhaps more in need of justice than ever. 

 

Guests

Sarah Coakley

Eliza Griswold 

 

Additional Resources 

God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay "On the Trinity," by Sarah Coakley 

Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy, and Gender, by Sarah Coakley

Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold 

"The Unmaking of Biblical Womanhood" by Eliza Griswold 

 

Francis Collins and Deborah Haarsma: On Faith & Science in an Age of Polarization

Francis Collins and Deborah Haarsma: On Faith & Science in an Age of Polarization

February 16, 2022

On February 2, EPPC’s Faith Angle Forum had the privilege of hosting a fascinating online conversation with Dr. Francis Collins, the country’s first Presidentially appointed Director of the National Institutes of Health to have served for more than one administration in that role.

Alongside BioLogos president Dr. Deb Haarsma and EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner, who contributes regularly to The Atlantic and New York Times, Dr. Collins joined 11 journalists in conversation that included a firsthand window into the development of the mRNA vaccine, and as well as the spread of vaccine resistance among many Americans. The conversation moves swiftly and covers a lot of ground, from sociology to political religion, evolution to creation-science, choices about singing in church to assessing American institutions.

 

Guests

Dr. Francis Collins

Deborah Haarsma

Pete Wehner

 

Additional Resources 

Integrate: A Faith and Science Curriculum

 

 

John Azumah and Kelefa Sanneh: Building Christian-Muslim Understanding in Memory of Lamin Sanneh

John Azumah and Kelefa Sanneh: Building Christian-Muslim Understanding in Memory of Lamin Sanneh

January 24, 2022

In this episode, Kelefa Sanneh, staff writer for The New Yorker, is joined by John Azumah, Founding Executive Director of the Sanneh Institute, to discuss the legacy and witness of Kelefa's father Lamin Sanneh, a leading expert in Christian theology and missions as well as Christian-Muslim dialogue. Lamin's legacy continues on through the work of the Sanneh Institute, which seeks to educate and equip religious leaders, scholars, academic institutions, and the broader public on Christian and Muslim history, theology, and possibilities for interfaith partnership. 

 

Guests

Kelefa Sanneh

John Azumah

 

Learn More 

The African Christian and Islam by John Azumah 

My Neighbor's Faith: Islam Explained for Christians by John Azumah

Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres by Kelefa Sanneh 

"The Plan to Build a Capital for Black Capitalism" by Kelefa Sanneh

Highlights from Faith Angle Europe 2021

Highlights from Faith Angle Europe 2021

January 7, 2022

For this first podcast of the New Year, we are recapping highlights from Faith Angle Europe, a two-day conference of 16 international journalists and 5 speakers in France, with a window into some especially compelling insights that emerged on national populism, anti-Semitism in Europe and particularly France, impact investing and the growth of religion in sub-Saharan Africa, and finally, a big-think conversation about the commonalities faced by creative minorities in a pluralistic world. 

 

All three full Faith Angle Europe sessions as well as a short recap video from the forum are linked below.

 

Additional Resources

Faith Angle Europe Recap 

Session One: French Identity and Anti-Semitism

Session Two: Rising National Populism - And Religion 

Session Three: Impact Investing and Sub-Saharan Africa

Eboo Patel and Wajahat Ali: Is “Interfaith America” Even Possible?

Eboo Patel and Wajahat Ali: Is “Interfaith America” Even Possible?

November 29, 2021

In this episode of the Faith Angle podcast, Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Core sits down with Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali to discuss the possibilities and challenges of interfaith partnerships in today's polarized America, each drawing from the wisdom of their personal Muslim faith. Wajahat points to the obstacles that increasing political division, anti-immigrant discrimination, and bias against those of other faiths pose to robust religious pluralism. While accepting the strain of these realities, Eboo highlights with hope the many forms in which interfaith partnership is flourishing in America today. He offers listeners an invitation to learn from and replicate promising interfaith civic engagement in their own communities. 

 

Guests

Eboo Patel

Wajahat Ali 

 

Additional Resources

Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise by Eboo Patel 

Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American by Wajahat Ali 

 

Bernard-Henri Levy and Edward Luce: The Will to See

Bernard-Henri Levy and Edward Luce: The Will to See

November 9, 2021

In this episode of the Faith Angle podcast, Edward Luce of Financial Times sits down with Bernard-Henri Lévy to discuss Bernard's newest book, The Will to See: Dispatches from a World of Misery and Hope. 

 

Guests

Bernard-Henri Levy 

Edward Luce

 

Additional Reading

The Will to See by Bernard-Henri Levy

The Retreat of Western Liberalism  by Edward Luce 

 

Ross Douthat and Ryan T. Anderson: The Deep Places

Ross Douthat and Ryan T. Anderson: The Deep Places

October 29, 2021

On this episode of the Faith Angle podcast, Ross Douthat of the New York Times sits down with Ryan T. Anderson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center to discuss Ross's newest book, The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery. Ross recounts this deeply personal story of loss, wrestling, and overcoming in the midst of a chronic disease, reflecting on how his conviction and rootedness in the Christian story offered strength in the face of felt pain. 

 

Guests

Ross Douthat

Ryan T. Anderson 

 

Additional Reading

The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery by Ross Douthat

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