Phil and Skye invite author Amy Black on the show to discuss her new book, Honoring God in Red or Blue! Before diving into the history of Christianity and Politics in the US, the crew shares their thoughts on Paranorman, the Real Life of Timothy Green, and more! This week on the podcast!
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Dr. Amy Black has wide research and teaching interests in the fields of American Politics and Political Behavior. She has her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently serves as the political science department chair at Wheaton College. Her most recent book is Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason (Moody Publishers). At a time when public discourse is too often divisive, Dr. Black calls Christians to a more reasoned and humble approach to politics.
Phil, FYI, Para Norman had several CG animated elements in it (mainly the crowds) and several compositing tricks. I attended a “behind the scenes” production session at Siggraph 2012 on the movie.
Hi Phil! You had some really interesting topics in this episode. Isn’t Para Norman the one with the first openly gay character? I seem to recall that being one of the “shockers” for that film.
Dr. Black was also great, though I was gritting my teeth every time you guys said “democratic government” since we don’t have a democratic government. There’s a big difference between democracy and a republic.
This coming election will be a tough one. I personally view Mormonism as a cult. I’ve had friend who were former Mormons and I’ve heard their beliefs. However, I also believe the current president has been an utter disaster for the country. Not only for businesses and the economy, but by continuing to grow this entitlement society where the solution to all our problems is the government.
I think we need to get back to a system where the government is simply there to build roads, bridges and keep us safe. We need the government to get out of our personal lives and let the faith community get back to doing one of the things we do best – caring for those who need it. I’ve seen far too many charities run out of business due to government red tape and regulations.
In the end, is it better for the government to force you to be charitable or for you to be charitable because you want to be? How charitable does anyone really feel on tax day versus when the offering plate is passed around?
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amazon.comI just read an excellent book that deals with pretty much all of the political issues discussed in this podcast; I highly recommend it. “God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush,” by Randall Balmer.
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What a coincidence that I came across this podcast today. It’s only been a week since I saw Timothy Green for the first time. It was a unique movie that you can’t really understand fully if you only watch it once and never discuss it with anyone else… almost like a work of literature. I personally saw the movie as a shot against modern day parenting. The other (or rival) parents throughout the movie, with their performance-based priorities and competitive, constantly preoccupied attitudes demonstrated the typical parent, while the main couple in the movie demonstrated ideal parents. In the movie, the essential difference between the quality of parenting was based on thankfulness. Timothy’s parents were extremely grateful for their child, because he was a miracle, while other parents took their children for granted. In a way, it’s taking “a thankful heart is a happy heart” and applying it to relationships, resulting in “a thankful family is a happy family”.
Preterism teaches that the Resurrection took place for the old covenant believers already when Jesus defeated death and made full atonement for them and for us now as well. Now those in the new covenant go back to God individually after death since Jesus made the way for us by defeating death. We are raised up in Him. There will be no global one time rapture. We can be raptured or our souls taken back to God when we die if we died in Christ. Our physical bodies go to dust. That old body cannot be remade. It is carnal/corrupt. Our real internal incorruptible being will be manifest in our glorified body as we enter the full spiritual realm. Every eye does see Him as manifested in believers lives. None will be with excuse. Revelation is the full explanation of the new covenant reality. The earth will last forever for people to live on to choose Christ Jesus or not until they die. All prophecies have been fulfilled already. That should bring hope to politics. It doesn’t get worse and worse till the so called final end. You have good leaders and bad leaders. Good citizens and bad citizens. There will be cycles just like in Israel of old.