Politics

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

The City Podcast. Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

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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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The City Podcast: Communism in Practice

by Timothy Motte on December 9, 2013

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

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

HBU professor, Dr. Barbara Elliott, has received the Eleanor Roosevelt human rights award, been very active in the non-profit sector, served in the Reagan administration, been the editor of the journal Imprimis, and worked as an international television reporter.

But most importantly for this podcast, she was there when the Berlin wall came down, and in her helping refugees to escape she discovered the story of the role of people of faith in that momentous event. That story is told in her book, Candles behind the Wall: Heroes of the Peaceful Revolution That Shattered Communism.

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You might also be interested in The City Podcast: Human Perfectibility and the Role of Govenment.

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

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

Many of you may have a hard time caring about politics because it seems unintelligent, uncharitable, and irrelevant to how you live your day to day life.

What if we told you that this was not always the case?

Enter Dr. Barbara Elliott. She is the founder of the Russell Kirk Forum for Cultural Renewal at HBU, and she was able, to the delight and mild surprise of our regular podcasters, to show how the Conservative movement is not a political ideology, but an entire approach to life (including politics). Russell Kirk is the influential author who put all the pieces together in the middle of the 20th century.

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Mentioned in this podcast:
The Imaginative Conservative
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk
The Work-Faith Connection

The City Podcast: Should You Think for Yourself? – Redux

by Timothy Motte on November 18, 2013

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

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

Following our first podcast on the topic of thinking or not-thinking for yourself, we received a very insightful email response from a listener under the moniker of Paul O’Tarsus.

Because Dr. Ordway was not on the original podcast, we tapped her to help Dr. Reynolds respond to Mr. O’Tarsus. Together, they take this topic to a much deeper and nuanced level.

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