The City Podcast: Doubts for Kids

by Timothy Motte on March 9, 2015

How do you respond when kids ask hard questions about God?

Melissa Cain Travis faced that problem with her own son. Then she found that many others did too. They asked her for book recommendations, for literature they could read with their kids that would help them understand the reasons for their faith. But Melissa had to tell them that there simply were no apologetics books for that age range.

So she wrote some.

This podcast isn’t about the books. It’s about the process of doubt and questioning that children have concerning God. It is a healthy and good thing. The Bible says that Christians are to become like little children to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Do not demonize the concept of doubt. When children ask questions about bulldozers or dinosaurs or clouds, our reaction isn’t one of fear. Questions about God should be no different.

Two particular things to listen for in this conversation are 1)why stories are more effective than propositions and 2)the three different kinds of doubt.

Featuring: Dr. Holly OrdwayCate MacDonaldMelissa Cain Travis

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Mentioned in this podcast:

  • Young Defenders Series
    • How Do We Know God Created Life?
    • How Do We Know God Is Really There?
    • How Do We Know Jesus Is Alive?

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The City Podcast: Different in Kind

by Timothy Motte on March 2, 2015

Man is different in kind, rather than degree, when compared to the rest of the animal kingdom. When we see any evidence of human rationality in paleo-anthropology, it is always fully developed and of a sort that is not seen in any other species. 

So says Melissa Travis, assistant professor of apologetics at HBU, building on G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man.

Even if there is evidence that the human body developed over time, there is no evidence that the human mind did. It bursts into history fully formed.

Featuring: Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald, Melissa Cain Travis

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The City Podcast: A Boring Film Is Actually a Gift

by Timothy Motte on February 23, 2015

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Want more hours in your day? Go watch an artsy film. It can make 2 hours seem like 5. Now you have a 27 hour day!

On this episode, filmmaker and HBU professor Josh Sikora, talks with Cate and John Mark about why that is. They discuss how time flows differently when you’re reading or watching a movie, the value of remakes and the tragedy of franchises, and two mistakes film and book snobs alike should avoid.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald, Josh Sikora

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The City Podcast: Deadly Romance

by Timothy Motte on February 16, 2015

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Sheldon Vanauken may very well have saved Dr. Reynolds’ life.

They were both susceptible to a kind of excess of romance. Eventually Vanauken’s life was transformed through pain as told in his book, A Severe Mercy. The lessons he learned from that experience he passed via correspondence directly to Dr. Reynolds, in order to keep him from making the same mistakes.

That’s what we’re talking about on this episode, and more. There are some critiques of Vanauken, the shining barrier, and total sharing. Unhealthy relationships are explored, in which the stronger of the two personalities becomes tyrannical. And we discuss what to do when we know something is wrong but we wish it weren’t, and what to do when we find out our heroes are flawed.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald

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The City Podcast: The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes

by Timothy Motte on February 9, 2015

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Did you know that even though Sherlock Holmes says he is using deductive reasoning, in actuality he is using abductive reasoning to solve his cases?

In this episode of The City, Cate MacDonald and David Gilbert talk with Dr. Phil Tallon, editor of the book, The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes. They explore why Sherlock Holmes remains so popular, what kind of superhero he is, his hyper-imaginative ability, the ethics of killing off a fictional character, and the nature of friendship and enmity.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, David Gilbert, Dr. Phil Tallon

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The City Podcast: Dehan on Fashion

by Timothy Motte on February 2, 2015

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This episode is about finding a balance between being attentive to your personal style and obsession about your appearance. Between attraction to beauty and addiction to shopping.

It also has a lot of practical advice for people who need to dress slightly better than they can afford.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds (provo[st]cateur), Dr. Holly Ordway (shield maid of Rohan), Megan Mueller (fashion correspondent), and Christina Dehan (almost-native Texan) 

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