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So many of us have been given bad answers to good questions -- questions about God, suffering, prayer, fate, science, justice, and more -- often by people with pure intentions. But we needn't stop with those pat answers. You have permission to take both Christianity and the modern world veryRead more

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Anger & Forgiveness (#137)

Dec 1 • 01:37:26

Christian Heavy Music (#139)

Nov 29 • 01:14:56
Today I’m joined by Matt Carter and Krispin Mayfield to talk about the culture and psycology of Christian heavy music. Our conversation dissects the lyrics and theologies portrayed in an evangelical underground scene of the late 90s and 00s. We touch on topics of collective effervescence, attachment styles and lyrical themes motivated by purity culture.

Krispin’s Website: h...

Reading Christian Fiction (#138)

Nov 15 • 01:29:00
This week I speak with Christianity Today's news editor Daniel Silliman about his new book “Reading Evangelicals”. This book deep dives into five top-selling evangelical novels. We had a fascinating conversation discussing the cultural influence of Christian Fiction and each of these books' implications in broader American culture. We also touch on things like parallel ins...

Anger & Forgiveness (#137)

Nov 1 • 01:37:26
This week I speak with professor and research psychologist Dr. Lindsey Root Luna. Along with teaching at Hope College, she conducts her own research on anger and forgiveness. This is an interesting and fun conversation touching on neurotransmitters, the interaction of brain sections, white evangelicalism, and some of my spiritual abuse work. We also talk practically about ...

What Can We Learn from Kierkegaard? (#136)

Oct 18 • 01:46:41
Today my guest J. Aaron Simmons joins me to discuss Danish philosopher and theologian, Soren Kierkegaard. Dr. Simmons is an author, Professor of Philosophy at Furman University, and the current president of the Soren Kierkegaard Society (USA). Aaron says “Faith is risk with a direction” and summarizes Kierkegaard with a current application: “You’re human, don’t forget that...

Worries About Progressive Christianity - O. Alan Noble (#135)

Oct 11 • 01:28:06
In the second installment of the series “Worries About Progressive Christianity”, I speak with author and professor O. Alan Noble. Both insightful and humorous, we hit the topics of suffering & theodicy, church life, and grace as the essence of human existence.

Alan's Author Page:

Alan's Twitter: @TheAlanNoble

Dan's new music project Havana Swim Cl...

What is Theopoetics? (#134)

Sep 27 • 01:27:52
This week, I spoke with author Callid Keefe-Perry on the concept of Theopoetics. Along with his book “Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer”, we discuss the issue of justice, following Jesus and living out Keefe-Perry’s Quaker practice. Callid speaks about how being grounded in creativity is intrinsic to humanity—we are all “crafters” and “makers” of life. As he advocates for...

Joshua Harris, Celebrity & "Gurus" (#133)

Sep 13 • 01:25:41
In our first installment of the “Healthy Egos” repeating segment (a knowing nod to the fact that both Tony Jones and I have at least a little narcissism running through us), Tony and I are joined by Sarah Lane Richie. We discuss the recent saga of Joshua Harris, newly deconverted author of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” His situation naturally brings to mind questions about ce...

Integrating Theology & Psychology; Christian Existentialism (#132)

Aug 30 • 01:36:47
Dr. Brad Strawn (Fuller) joins me today for essentially a two-parter. First, we talk about the integration of psychology and theology broadly, including Brad’s own story of coming to that work in particular. After the break, we talk about how a Christian might also be an existentialist in some ways, a field of thought commonly associated with atheism or agnosticism. Finall...

Scheduling Announcement

Aug 23 • 01:57
You Have Permission will be going to an "every other week" schedule for the time being.

Some personal favorite older episodes to check out in between new episodes:
Why I Am (Still) A Christian (#60)
Wrapping our Faith in Doubt (#57)
End Times Anxiety series (#50-53)
The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism (#34)
Faith Changes & Marriage, Family, Kids, Divorce & Dating (#40)

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