Politics

The City Podcast: Worship as a Political Act

by Timothy Motte on October 27, 2014

Worship is an inherently political act.

This does not necessarily mean what you think it means. HBU theology professor, Dr. Randy Hatchett, and other special guests join Dr. Reynolds on this podcast to talk about the issue of politics and worship as raised in Dr. Hatchett’s recent blog post on why going to church is the only politics that finally matter.

Also addressed: Why is voting important for Christians to do? Would you vote for an atheist? and Is voting more important than boating? (No, really.)

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Randy Hatchett, Matthew Lee Anderson, Rachel Motte

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The City Podcast: The History of the Unborn, pt. 2

by Timothy Motte on October 20, 2014

The fertility rate in the U.S. fell dramatically in the 19th century from approximately 7 children for every woman to about 3.5 children per woman. 

Historians don’t know exactly why this happened. But Dr. Anthony Joseph thinks that this does tell us at least one thing.

Namely, that the contraceptive mentality precedes the contraceptive technology. 

Featuring: Dr. Anthony JosephDr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway

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The City Podcast: The History of the Unborn, pt. 1

by Timothy Motte on October 13, 2014

 

Believe it or not, Roe v. Wade was not the starting point for the debate about the status of the unborn. In some ways, the judges thought that they were putting the lid on a tired, old issue, not sparking a heated culture war.

Many in the pro-life movement seem to view the abortion debate ahistorically, as if it is only a contemporary problem that sprang up from nowhere. But there is a long story about how we got to Roe v. Wade, and it starts in the ancient world.

Dr. Anthony Joseph, history professor at HBU, teaches a course tracing this story.

Featuring: Dr. Anthony JosephDr. John Mark ReynoldsDr. Holly Ordway

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Email us at podcast@hbu.edu with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Email Josh at aardvark@equalrightsinstitute.com.

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  • Not God’s Type, by Dr. Holly Ordway (disclaimer: HBU receives a small portion of the proceeds from books purchased through this link)
  • The Didache

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The City Podcast: Homophobia and Other Power Words

by Timothy Motte on August 25, 2014

Some words stop discussion dead.

Being committed to the Liberal Arts, this is not something we are in favor of. And yet, we still need to be able to sum up our positions in a word. We still need labels.

So today we have a political scientist, a philosopher, a Bible translator, and a Great Books educator discussing how to continue discussion in the face of words that demonize and marginalize.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Robert Stacey, Dr. David Capes

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The City Podcast: Local Politics and Social Media

by Timothy Motte on July 14, 2014

In many of the hot button issues, progressives seem to have much more coherent messaging strategies on social media. These tactics are philosophically neutral and ought to be used by both sides.

When it comes to politics, you owe it to your philosophy to study how to win.

Featuring: Rachel Motte, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

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The City Podcast: Let’s Talk Politics

by Timothy Motte on March 10, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Ben Domenech, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Today, Dr. Reynolds sits down with The City editor-in-chief, Ben Domenech, to talk politics.

What can a politician achieve while losing an election? Is there any possible scandal that could touch Hillary Clinton? Does the president need to have an opinion on everything? And some extremely early speculations about the 2016 election landscape. (Don’t worry: we won’t do this every week.)

Ben is a professional political commentator and Dr. Reynolds is a very well-read and insightful political watcher. This conversation is a joy to listen to, whether you care about the politics or not.

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