PODCAST: Interacting with Bertrand Russell’s Critiques of the Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence


I was recently invited to come in and give a short presentation on the cosmological argument for God’s existence to a college apologetics class and I wanted to try it out first here and to share it with a broader audience as well. In the presentation (where I am joined by my lovely wife, Raven, who keeps me from getting too jargon-y), I discuss how 20th century influential atheist Bertrand Russell attempted to refute the argument and some of the reasons why his refutation falls short.

Audio:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20180211-BertrandRussellCosmologicalArgument(wMyWifeRaven).mp3

PODCAST: Awakening the Gnostic Redeemer – Decoding Twin Peaks The Return w/ Dr. Robert M. Price

I was excited to have Dr. Robert M. Price back on as a guest to discuss Gnostic themes in last year’s hit television series Twin Peaks: The Return. Fans of the show may find this discussion helpful to understanding the show’s more obscure plot points while students of ancient and church history will find the show’s application of Gnostic ideas to be fascinating and perhaps clarifying.

Dr. Robert Price has received doctorates in both systematic theology and New Testament from Drew University and a former fellow of the Jesus Seminar. He is also a scholar at the forefront of the Christ myth movement which denies the existence of a historical Jesus, having written books on the subject such as The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man. You can find a number of his books related to biblical studies on Amazon and even hear him as the host of The Bible Geek podcast. He’s also written extensively in the field of H.P. Lovecraft studies and co-wrote a book about the rock band Rush with his wife Carol entitled Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of Rush. He can be found at http://robertmprice.mindvendor.com/

Audio download:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20180130-DecodingTwinPeaks(wDrRobertMPrice).mp3

PODCAST: Cantus Firmus At the Movies Ep. 9 – The Matrix (w/ Dr. Robert M. Price)

I invited atheist New Testament scholar and all-around fascinating person Dr. Robert M. Price to discuss the 1999 film The Matrix. We highlighted its Gnostic influences, questions about epistemology (the philosophy of knowledge), and its New Testament connections. A deep and provocative conversation!

Dr. Robert Price has received doctorates in both systematic theology and New Testament from Drew University and a former fellow of the Jesus Seminar. He is also a scholar at the forefront of the Christ myth movement which denies the existence of a historical Jesus, having written books on the subject such as The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man. You can find a number of his books related to biblical studies on Amazon and even hear him as the host of The Bible Geek podcast. He’s also written extensively in the field of H.P. Lovecraft studies and co-wrote a book about the rock band Rush with his wife Carol entitled Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of Rush. He can be found at http://robertmprice.mindvendor.com/

Audio download:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20180108-CFATM-Ep9-TheMatrix(wDrRobertMPrice).mp3

Music:
“Octagon Pt 2” by Polyrhythmics. Licensed under CC BY 3.0
http://www.needledrop.co/wp/artists/polyrhythmics/

PODCAST: The Incarnation Is Redemptive (a special Christmas episode w/ Dr. Myk Habets)


For this special Christmas episode, I asked Dr. Myk Habets on to discuss how God taking on flesh in Jesus Christ (also known as the incarnation) was in and of itself a “redemptive act.”

Dr. Myk Habets is the Dean of Faculty at Carey Baptist College in Auckland, New Zealand. He’s also lecturer in systematic theology and the author of a number of books. Dr. Habets’ book that formed the backdrop of our conversation is Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance, and can be purchased here:
https://www.amazon.com/Theology-Torrance-Routledge-Critical-Thinking-ebook/dp/B01BWNXG4A/

The music in this episode was performed by Kyle Cogburn and Matt Marnocha, whom I borrowed from the worship team of The Village Church in South Lebanon, Ohio.

Audio:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20171218-TheIncarnationIsRedemptivewMykHabets.mp3

New book out! Post-Enlightened: Reflections on Two Hundred Years of Anti-Christian Writing from Thomas Paine to Richard Dawkins

postenlightened4My new book is now available in paperback and Kindle! Click the image above to buy or for more information!

If you’re broke but interested, it’s also free on PDF from the “Books” link in the navigation bar.

Description:
In Post-Enlightened, Cody Cook gives an overview of the evolution of anti-Christian writing after the Enlightenment, highlighting its arguments and hidden assumptions.

Beginning with Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason and working through works by Friedrich Nietzsche (The Antichrist) and Bertrand Russell (Why I’m Not a Christian) in centuries past, the book concludes with a look at contemporary anti-Christian writings from Dan Barker (Godless) and Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion). Post-Enlightened asks what Christians can learn from outsider critiques and what outsiders still have failed to understand about the Christian faith.

PODCAST: Interview with an Exorcist (w/ guest Scott Johnson)

My guest was Scott Johnson, a demonologist, exorcist, and minister. We talked about his experiences with the demonic, the danger of mistaking mental illness for possession, and his view of the relationship between demons and political power.

If you want to learn more about Scott, you can find him at https://oldesoultheology.com and on Twitter via @scottjohnson015

Download:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20171208-InterviewwithanExorcist.mp3

Music:
“The Itis” by Polyrhythmics. Licensed under CC BY 3.0
http://www.needledrop.co/wp/artists/polyrhythmics/

PODCAST: Cantus Firmus at the Movies Ep. 8 – Arrival (w/ Joseph Cox)

My special guest was director and producer Joseph Cox. We talked about 2016’s Arrival, a science fiction film which explores issues of time and determinism.

Joseph Cox can be found at http://www.averagejoefilms.com and at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzBB-rY8QkWiMwm18zjZhA

Audio:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20171202-CFATM-Ep8-Arrival(wJosephCox).mp3

Music:
“Octagon Pt 2” by Polyrhythmics. Licensed under CC BY 3.0
http://www.needledrop.co/wp/artists/polyrhythmics/

 

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