Tony Jones, Republican Drones and Santorum Versus Rome (Homebrewed CultureCast)

Could it be? Are the CultureCasters back on the horse after a two-part live extravaganza, more more miles than a presidential primary candidate and more excuses than, um, well…a presidential primary candidate?

Yessir/ma’am. We’re back and on track, for tha reelz.

For the first episode after the live gig, we’ve got Tony Jones talking about his newest book, “Did God Kill Jesus?” We dig down into why Tony deconstructs the theology of penal substitutionary atonement (tee, hee, penal), but still hangs onto belief in the bodily resurrection, among other theo-nerd goodness. We also touch for a few on the cyber-drama around tony and the release of this book. Worth a listen for that alone, in our opinion.

We touch on the clown-car insanity that is the growing GOP primary field, plus we score the recent Santorum-versus-Pope-Francis throwdown intellectual cage match over climate change (hint: it wasn’t close) and how a doctor helped a blind woman see her unborn baby.

How? Because science!

In our recommendations, we celebrate all things “trans” on the small screen these days, plus Slim digs into the archives for a new/old series favorite about fantastical assassins. All I’ll say is grab your garlic…

CCLive_Flyer_rev0Hang tight, because we have another episode comin’ up right quick, along with a live show at Wild Goose in North Carolina with guests co-hosts Micky jones and Josh Linton joining Christian as they chat it up with guests Romal Tune, Leroy Barber and Tony Kriz. Oh and if you’ve heard of a couple of bands called Gungor or The Liturgists, you might want to grab a good seat and have your listening ears on, as we’ll enjoy the music of Lisa Gungor!

We’ve also got another live offering in Columbus coming July 20th, but this one’s super-groovy. We’ll be doing a joint Homebrewed/CultureCast show with Amy and Christian Piatt, plus Homebrewed guru Tripp Fuller. Guests include Sharon Watkins, Rick Lowery and the band Populis. We’d tell you more, but the show’s already sold out. D’oh!

How, oh how, do they smush so much goodness into one show? No clue here on our end. We just throw stuff on the wall and pray it sticks. Yay, stick!

Extremely White Male & Incredibly Homophobic

The news is wild these days! Its almost as if there is a cultural shift underway!
Let me just highlight 4 news stories from the past week:

1) The Pope: Gay marriage threatens humanity’s future

2) Pastor Joel Osteen to Oprah: Homosexuality Is Sin — But Gay People Will Get Into Heaven

3) Rick Santorum: A Straight Dad In Prison Is Better Than Two Gay Dads Who Aren’t

4) Pastor Mark Driscoll’s book on Marriage hits the shelves

It is interesting that all four of these stories have come to my attention in the past week. What most people will focus on is whether there is a Bible verse to back up what they are saying or not.

What needs to be stated before that is two-fold:

  • All four are white males. Somebody may ask “are you implying that their gender or race somehow diminishes their right to speak with authority?” and I would answer “No – I just think that it is worth pointing it out in case later we wanted to examine how people come to power and in what ways authority is constructed, bestowed, or recognized.”
  • When you have the leader of all the world’s catholics, a guy who is renowned for not speaking up about anything or coming down on anyone, a presidential candidate, and one of the most influential evangelical pastors in America saying the same thing… one of a couple of things has to cross your mind.

Either
a) they are all sticking up for the truth or
b) they are all sticking up for an antiquated perspective of the past

The reason that this issue has grabbed my attention is that many are calling it ‘The Last Taboo”. In the past 2 centuries, the issues of race (civil rights) and gender (women’s lib) have advanced to the point the if anyone held an opinion from a century ago about either issue – the people around them would say “what is wrong with you?” or “wake up man, its the 21st century.”

I asked Tony Jones, Lauren Winner and Phyllis Tickle about this issues last year.  Only Phyllis was willing to tackle it.

No matter which side of this thing you are on, it is worth noting that the ‘last taboo’ is predicted to be the worst and most vicious. The problem with the last of anything is that when it is over … it is really over.  We tackled the race issue, we overcame the gender barrier, and now the sexuality issue is front and center.  We can’t go back. This is the last taboo. Once we have dealt with this, there are no more big ones to fall. This is kinda it.* 

I just think that it is worth noting A) who is framing the conversation and B) who is charge of the information and how the process is to be handled.  There might be more going on here than simply the rightness or the wrongness of any given issue or the interpretation of 6 bible verses. 

This will most likely be decided in our lifetime. Denominations will split over it. The future of the faith will be challenged because of it. Like race and gender before it, history will evaluate how we participate in it.  

 

* somebody might say ‘economics’ or some form of disparity, but that is not really in the same category as it is not inherently value laden .