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I'm a theology student who loves talking about religion, philosophy, and defending the Christian faith. On a more personal note, I'm interested in the open source/Linux movement, classic cinema, DC Comics, funk and R&B, Vegetarianism, and Thai, Korean, Mediterranean, and Korean food.

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/

 

Cantus Firmus at the Movies Ep. 7 – Crimes and Misdemeanors (w/ Bridget Nelson)

My special guest was Bridget Nelson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax fame. The film we discussed was Woody Allen’s 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors, a film that asks difficult questions about morality and integrity in a godless universe.

Bridget can be found at www.rifftrax.com, on Twitter at @bridgetjnelson, and her podcast Instead of Tweeting can be found on iTunes.

Audio:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20171104-CFATM-Ep7-CrimesandMisdemeanors(wBridgetNelson).mp3

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

PODCAST: Cantus Firmus Book Club Ep. 2 – Movies Are Prayers (w/ the author Josh Larsen)



I had the opportunity to speak with Josh Larsen about his thought-provoking new book Movies Are Prayers. Josh’s career began in the newspaper business, where he started out as a beat reporter for a weekly community newspaper and went on to become the film critic for the Chicago-based Sun-Times Media for more than 10 years.  In 2011, he joined the Christian media landscape as editor of Think Christian, and in 2012 he joined the long-running weekly podcast Filmspotting, aired on WBEZ in Chicago. Download using the link below or search Cantus Firmus on iTunes or Stitcher.

Download:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20171005-CFBC-Ep2-MoviesArePrayers(wJoshLarsen).mp3

Music:
“Liam Rides a Pony” by Polyrhythmics. Licensed under CC BY 3.0
http://www.needledrop.co/wp/artists/polyrhythmics/

PODCAST: Fight the Powers – What the Bible Says About the Relationship Between Demonic and Political Power

Download:
http://www.cantus-firmus.com/Audio/20170920-FightthePowers.mp3

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

Notes:

In a recent podcast which I titled “Make Christianity Weak Again,” I talked about the approaches which the church in the United States has used in interacting with the political realm. The place where I landed is that the church should look at the state with suspicion, view its relationship to it as an uneasy one, and not seek to consolidate political power but to emphasize its spiritual power.

In this podcast, I want to give the biblical theory behind my practical application. Why should the church not seek to align itself with the state?
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