We are joined by Gerry, David and "Hitstirrer", members of the informal engineering research group "The 9/11 Accountability Team"—with links to Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth—for a (rather unconventional) roundtable discussion on their ongoing research.
Back in 2018, as many listeners will recall, we decided to shelve a conversation with Gerry, because the group feared that the interview might have compromised chances of receiving from NIST—US National Institute of Standards and Technology—key structural drawing books on the Twin Towers via FOIA request. Now, the bulk of data having been received, they join us to share some of their concerns about NIST's version of events.
Later in the conversation we are joined once again by Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, for an update on their work and discussion on the important scientific study by Dr. J. LeRoy Hulsey and his team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on the collapse of Building 7.
We shall welcome Dr. Joshua Rasmussen (PhD, Notre Dame), associate professor of philosophy at Azusa Pacific University, for an interview on his fascinating new book, How Reason Can Lead to God, InterVarsity Press (2019).
"Do you value reason, science, and independent thinking? Are you skeptical of beliefs that people maintain merely "on faith," yet you remain interested in the big questions of life? Do you hope there could be a greater purpose to the universe, if only that were realistic?
If so, then philosopher Joshua Rasmussen can encourage you in your journey. Beginning with his own story of losing faith and the belief in any ultimate purpose in life, he then builds a bridge to a series of universal truths about ultimate reality. Using only the instruments of reason and common experience, Rasmussen constructs a pathway—step by step, brick by brick—that he argues can lead to meaning and, ultimately, a vision of God."
Joshua Rasmussen is the author of Defending the Correspondence Theory of Truth and Necessary Existence. He lives in Azusa, California, with his wife, Rachel, and their four children.
We shall welcome once again the theologian and lecturer Dr. Martin Erdmann, Director of the Verax Institute, for a follow-up interview on the subject of Civil Religion.
"American Civil Religion is the most effective rival religion to true Christianity in the US"—Martin Erdmann
As a fish is unaware of the water in which it swims, so the majority of Americans do not perceive that there exists in the US today a state religion, incompatible with true Christianity, yet not openly opposed to it. Feeding on the many symbols, events, ideals and heroes of America's history and public life, and borrowing from the language and metaphors of Christianity, this state religion vies for the allegiance of every citizen. Arguing that every state cultivates its own particular brand of civil religion, Dr. Erdmann encourages us to stand firm when our allegiance to Christ is challenged by the state, and advises us to remain vigilant as we approach the days of a global civil religion.
Our very first TMR Movie Roundtable will kick off with a three-way conversation—between Yours Truly, Mark Campbell and Frank Johnson (former researcher for Chris White's productions)—on the compelling 1970 TV movie The Brotherhood of the Bell, starring Glenn Ford.
Synopsis to follow...
It is intended that each of the films in this series will be connected to themes explored in the TMR podcast.
We shall welcome again the Yorkshire-born journalist, educator, photographer and political activist John Booth—who joined us in 2016 to discuss his excellent article, "Fifteen Years on from 9/11"—for a conversation on the alleged suicide of British weapons expert Dr. David Kelly.
John Booth—whose career in journalism has included working for news organisations in Africa, the US and the UK—currently writes for Lobster magazine (http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk) and LAFZ (the magazine for Pakistani diaspora — http://www.lafzmagazine.com). He is also a founder member of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.
The interview will explore Dr. Dentith's own research, as a PhD philosopher, on Conspiracy Theory Theory, and include discussion of various views as expressed in the edited collection.
Matthew Dentith, PhD (Auckland), is the author of The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories (Palgrave, 2014), the first single-author book-length treatment of the philosophical issues surrounding conspiracy theory, and editor of Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), an edited collection of the most recent work on conspiracy theory theory. He has been a Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities (ICUB) at the University of Bucharest, and the New Europe College in Bucharest. His current research project focuses on conspiracy theory, conspiracy theory theory, and secrecy.