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The Foundation for Thinking

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

December 1, 2021

Where do we locate the starting point for human thinking? Descartes famously identified human nature with thought: “I think, therefore I am.” However, the “I” who thinks must find its foundation in something prior to thought. The Christian perspective locates the root of thinking in the heart, which makes a religious choice about the origin of all things.

 

Answering Listener Questions on Theonomy

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

November 24, 2021

The issue of theonomy has been a perennial question – how do we understand, interpret, and apply the law of God in its original context, as well as the present day? Beginning with the basics, Joe Boot examines the origins and assumptions of the theonomic perspective, explaining that at its root, theonomy is a view of Christian ethics that seeks to take the whole Word of God seriously.

 

The Church, the Magistrate, and the Law

by Andre Schutten and Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras and Tim Stephens

November 17, 2021

Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church, Calgary, joins us to talk about his experience with Alberta Health Services and the reason he persisted in gathering his church together. Andre Schutten considers some of the legal implications and precedents surrounding Tim’s case, and the nature of the relationship between the church and the civil magistrate.

 

Climate, COVID, CRT, and the new Counter-Reformation

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

November 10, 2021

Tracking the development of Western thought from the Reformation and forward into today, we notice that several contemporary dominant ideas that have their root in self-conscious opposition to God and His Word, and to the idea of man as the image-bearer of God. Chief among these in our own time is the modern green movement. What does a biblical approach to climate stewardship look like?

 

The Social Impact of the Reformation

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

November 3, 2021

As we reflect on the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Joe Boot addresses the common perception that the Reformation was a movement limited to the church. Rather, the recovery of biblical authority had and continues to have implications to every area of our life and work.

 

Sphere Sovereignty and Naming the World

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

October 27, 2021

We revisit two of our favourite themes – Sphere Sovereignty and Modal Aspects – and explore how these two models emerged from the Reformation and how they identify and give expression to the way the world is necessarily organized.

 

God’s Revelation in Nature

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

October 20, 2021

The biblical starting point for all human activity – including academic reflection – is the character of God as revealed in the Bible, the incarnate Son, and the created world. For man to begin with anything else is necessarily to respond in an idolatrous fashion.

 

How Do We Encounter Reality?

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

October 13, 2021

Contrary to unbelieving philosophy which places some aspect of human experience on the throne of the universe, and contrary to earlier Christian philosophy which seeks to elevate theology above all other spheres of science, is the Reformational view. On this view, the self-attesting revealed Word of God is the basis for every subsequent theory about the universe.

 

How Does the World Hold Together?

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

October 6, 2021

This episode introduces the idea that aspects of reality hang together like pearls on a thread, and explains how philosophical assumptions inform and direct our everyday activities.

 

How do we Think Christianly

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

September 29, 2021

A distinctly Christian way of thinking means returning to the Word of God as the source of all true knowledge and insight, and building an understanding of the world from that foundation. It is our starting point that makes all the difference.

 

Making Sense of Reality

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

September 22, 2021 | Psalms 

Season Five of the Podcast for Cultural Reformation kicks off with a brief review of the Canadian Federal election and begins a discussion that we will develop throughout this season on how and why a fully formed Christian worldview accounts for reality, even in the midst of tumultuous cultural circumstances.

 

The Story of the Gospel in Art

by Jeremy Bundy and Marcus Pittman and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

September 15, 2021

On this episode of the Podcast for Cultural Reformation, Marcus Pittman describes the present state of Christian representation in mainstream arts and entertainment, and what he is doing to improve it. We discuss the Christian calling to be the best storytellers, because the Christian story is the greatest story in the world.