Due to a much-needed family holiday, the next podcast—a conversation with the Christian thinker Joel Furches—has had to be delayed until next weekend.
All being well it will be posted on the 24th of August.
Blessings and thanks for your patience,
We welcome once again our good friend, the teacher, musician and blogger Antony Rotunno, for the first half of a two-part interview on his latest album Through Life (2019). In this first programme, quite personal at times, we chat about issues related to the music—love and war, inspiration and influence—and play several of the songs.
Antony has joined us several times throughout the life of TMR for conversations on a variety of subjects.
[All the songs in this podcast are Copyright © 2019 Antony Rotunno, all rights reserved, and used by TMR with kind permission.]
We shall welcome the behavioural psychologist, artist and Christian thinker Joel Furches for a conversation on his ongoing research into the phenomenon of deconvertion from Christianity to Atheism. We also expect to discuss a number of other subjects in the general area of Christian apologetics.
Joel's website: JoelFurches.com
When I've edited it, we shall hear the second half of the two-part interview with Antony Rotunno.
In Part One we discussed and played music from his latest album, Through Life (2019). Part Two will feature some of the music from his previous album too.
Through Life (2019) and Adventures In Retrospect (2017)—both of which I recommend—can be heard and purchased via Bandcamp. Please consider buying copies of these albums. Apart from being, in my opinion, worth every penny, if you buy the albums (and they're very inexpensive!) it would be a great encouragement to Antony and his band (all excellent musicians).
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.