Literature

The City Podcast: Non-Christian Books

by Timothy Motte on March 16, 2015

How can Christians be edified by reading non-Christian books?

This may seem like a pretty straightforward topic, but every time we get to a nice resting point in this conversation, Cate asks a penetrating question that punches it up to the next level. She asks good questions. That probably has something to do with the fact that she asks questions for a living.

Featuring: Dr. Holly OrdwayCate MacDonaldDr. Michael Ward

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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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  • 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: 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: YA Book Reviews and Cultural Apologetics

by Timothy Motte on January 26, 2015

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Continuing our conversation from last week with HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex, we begin with suggestions of some YA literature you should not read and some that you should. Then we move into how book reviews and cultural apologetics go hand in hand.

Dr. Reynolds also shares the one factor he has consistently seen, in all his years of being an educator, that all great students have in common.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex

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While Young Adult Literature is very popular with both adults and children, there are some very strong reactions against it. (See the links below.)

But this is a complex issue and there are so many questions that beg to be answered.

Is YA even a legitimate genre? Is is just a marketing gimmick? Did you know that Harry Potter was released with two different covers–one for children and one for adults? What differentiates children’s literature from adult literature: the age of the protagonists, the themes, the vocabulary? What about the Chronicles of Narnia? Even if YA is a distinct genre, does it actually follow that adults should not read it for themselves?

To help answer these questions, we’ve brought to the podcast HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex. She has reviewed scores, if not hundreds, of YA books and has a lot of insights to bring to the conversation. 

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex

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The City Podcast Special: Back to Barterra

by Timothy Motte on December 17, 2014

Invasion!

The infamous Hunter Baker (ostensibly identified as our only listener, though you are now disproving that) has taken control of this episode.

He is insisting on talking about Dr. Reynolds’ excursion into fiction writing, namely, Chasing Shadows: Back to Barterra.

Since he’s such a loyal listener, I guess we will let him proceed.

So imagine that the universe has to have a place where all our fictions dwell…

Featuring: Dr. Hunter Baker, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

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