This is a special live episode with Tripp Fuller from Homebrewed Christianity.
Join Tripp and I (along with scientiests and theologians) for Cosmic Campfire this November. Head to cosmiccampfire.party to learn more.
Brian McLaren, like many of us, grew up fundamentalist and then evangelical, and he has been a thought leader in forging a path forward to finding a way to sustain faith that is inclusive and healthy for the world. I am honored to invite him onto the show today to give us some of his predictions of what the faith landscape will look like as our children grow into adulthood. In addition to a bird’s eye view, Brian gives some really practical tip for how to talk navigate literal readings of Scripture with young children, how to engage fundamentalist family members, but by far my favorite part of the interview was the last question when I ask him to give a little hope to those of us disillusioned by toxic religiosity. You won’t want to miss his response, I want to shout it from the rooftops with my raging enneagram 8 soul.
Lawyer and social researcher David Gillespie has been delving into the complex business of the teenage brain.
He says the usual teenage compulsions like smoking, drinking and drug taking are in steep decline, as teenagers are now more likely to seek a pleasure hit from their screens.
But the games and social media apps they use are deliberately engineered to be addictive.
Unlike drugs and cigarettes, their devices are supported by schools and parents, with few restrictions on their use.
Named one of ten most influential thinkers in the world by MIT, Doug Rushkoff asks some seriously big questions on this episode of Curious Minds.
The biggest one is: what if an economy predicated on growth is unsustainable? Growth at companies like General Electric (GE) used to mean jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. That same growth, at companies like Facebook and Google, yields, at most, tens of thousands of jobs. As growth-oriented tech companies absorb more jobs through smarter tech and automation, is this an opportunity to rethink the nature of work, jobs, and the overall economy?
Doug Rushkoff asks us to consider that topic in his latest bestselling book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity. Rushkoff is a professor of media theory and digital economics at Queens College, CUNY. He is the bestselling author of a dozen other books, including Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, and Life Inc.
In this episode, we talk about:
Why Doug sees growth as the culprit in our current economy The unmet promise of technology and the long tail for artists and creatives How big data analytics reduces unpredictability and, thereby, innovation Ways more of us can take ownership of the platforms putting us out of work How it is not the job we want but the meaning, purpose, and material benefits work gives Money as a verb How currency tools like blockchain can help us rethink power and authority Twitter as a textbook case of tech success but growth company failure How digital distributism can trump digital industrialism The shift from tech as energizing to energy sucking
Ruskhoff also talks about how he thinks about technology use in his own life, including which tools he chooses to use and why.
Selected Links to Topics Mentioned
What is a definitive standard for Biblical interpretation? Our guest is Dr. Craig Carter. He’s professor of theology at Tyndale University College and Seminary, and his most recent book—Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis— is a robust defense of bible interpretation grounded in the Trinitarian theology of the Nicene tradition.
Dr. Carter walks us through the exegetical process that defined the orthodoxy we observe today. We’ll consider several historical figures, including Thomas Aquinas, and such intriguing subjects as Christian Platonism.
Tune in for this compelling conversation, and discover whether Bible interpretation is a task for scholars only. You may be surprised by what Dr. Carter’s has to say!
·The NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible by Zondervan ·Pacifist Theology of John Howard Yoder ·British Theologian John Webster ·Rethinking Christ in Culture: A Post-Christendom Perspective ·Colin Gunton ·Nicaea and Its Legacy by Lewis Ayres ·Scripture and Metaphysics by Matthew Levering ·Thomas C. Oden ·Richard Muller ·The Cappadocian Fathers ·Edward Feser
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