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Tribalism: Power, Bias, Performance



The first of two episodes (non-consecutive) focusing directly on the phenomenon of tribalism. Dan and Ellen hear from and respond to Donna Freitas (2:00), Michael Blake (15:00), and Christena Cleveland (37:00).

Donna: https://www.donnafreitas.com/
Michael: https://phil.washington.edu/people/michael-blake
Christena: http://www.christenacleveland.com/

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The Beauty of a Good Argument with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong



We are fortunate to have philosopher Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University) on the podcast today, talking about arguments — not the kind you have when you’re angry, but the kind you construct in favor of a position or policy. Arguments respect people by treating them as real agents capable of reason; they have myriad other benefits, and Walter walks us through all of it, as well as talking about polarization itself, why some kinds of it are harmful, and some possible ways forward.

1:30 – Polarization defined & measured; which types are bad?
11:00 – Civility and incivility
20:00 – Possible technological fixes for polarization
25:00 – Why Walter loves arguments
38:00 – Dan and Walter talk Jonathan Haidt and Paul Bloom
50:00 – Difference between Fights and Arguments
1:03:00 – What are some bad arguments?
1:13:00 – Walter challenges Dan’s politics a little
1:21:00 – Ellen and Dan discuss the interview

Walter’s WSJ piece: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-get-along-better-we-need-better-arguments-1531411024
Walter’s latest book: https://smile.amazon.com/Think-Again-How-Reason-Argue/dp/0190627123/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540775147&sr=8-2&keywords=think+again
Walter’s online courses: https://www.coursera.org/instructor/~932346

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#ChurchToo & More with Karen Swallow Prior



Karen Swallow Prior is an author and literature professor at Liberty University — yes, THAT Liberty University. Her contribution to the InterVarsity Press essay collection “Still Evangelical?” explores why she is sticking with Evangelicalism, but not for the reasons you might assume. She is also at the center of the #ChurchToo movement in the Southern Baptist community, in particular the calling to account of former Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson.

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Should You Stay (Evangelical) Or Should You Go?



As we discussed last episode, it is indeed a crazy moment to be an Evangelical Christian.  Then again, so what?  Does that mean Evangelicals should leave their churches or their tradition to search for greener pastures?  As we hear from authors Danielle (D.L.) Mayfield (3:30), Katelyn Beaty (33:00), and Jemar Tisby (47:30), the answer is: “it depends.”

Danielle: http://www.dlmayfield.com/
Katelyn Beaty: http://www.katelynbeaty.com/
Jemar Tisby: https://jemartisby.com/

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It’s a Crazy Moment for Evangelicalism



What a time to be an Evangelical in America, or to have been raised as one: there’s all the politics, racial tension, “parallel institutions,” and culture wars that continue to rage, but there is also evidence of serious benefits for churchgoers.  This week, Dan and Ellen are greatly helped in their understandings of Evangelicalism — it’s roots and where it stands today — by two scholars, Darryl G. Hart and James K. Wellman.  Also, Ellen’s bloopers are probably the funniest yet (did you know that if you listen all the way to the end there are usually outtakes?).  Next week: “Should You Stay (Evangelical) Or Should You Go?”

Darryl: https://www.hillsdale.edu/faculty/darryl-hart/

Jim: https://jsis.washington.edu/religion/people/james-k-wellman-jr/

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While You Were Evangelizing: Hell (with Dale B. Martin)



Welcome to a new season of Depolarize!  Dan and Ellen are excited to be back in the saddle, and this week we are debuting a new episode style: While You Were Evangelizing. What was going on in the more liberal-leaning Mainline Protestant church over the last 70 years?  Dale B. Martin helps us compare and contrast Evangelical and Mainline approaches to the question of Hell.

Dale’s book “Biblical Truths”: https://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Truths-Meaning-Scripture-Twenty-first/dp/0300222831

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A Catholic, a Mennonite & an Orthodox Priest Walk Into a Podcast, Part 2



Part 2 of our episode featuring Mary, Jennifer and Father Tom, and also our last of Season 2!  Thank you for your continued support, and we are already looking forward to Season 3.

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A Catholic, a Mennonite & an Orthodox Priest Walk Into a Podcast, Part 1



The first of a two-part episode wherein Dan Koch and Ellen Mauro consider the worldviews and stories of Mary (Roman Catholic), Tom (Greek Orthodox), and Jennifer (Mennonite). This is part of our series on Christian voters who do not consider themselves “Evangelical.” Part 2 airs next week, and will be the final episode of Season 2.

Timeline:
6:45 – Meet our voters
14:25 – Looking closer at Anabaptism (with Greg Boyd)
18:30 – Why are they not Evangelical?
24:45 – What is the Gospel, in their own words?
34:30 – Pro-Life Questions
44:00 – Jesus, Politics, Etc.
54:34 – Sneak Peek of Next Week

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An Alternative to Evangelicalism? (Liberal Mainline Pt 2)



Dan & Ellen continue their deep dive into Liberal Mainline Protestantism, hearing from voters Jack & Debbie Holloway, as well as experts Dr. Tripp Fuller (Homebrewed Christianity Podcast) and Dr. James Wellman (University of Washington).

Tripp’s book and podcast: https://homebrewedchristianity.com/
http://fortresspress.com/product/homebrewed-christianity-guide-jesus-lord-liar-lunatic-or-awesome

Jim’s book: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/evangelical-vs-liberal-9780195300123

Homebrewed Culture Cast: http://www.christianpiatt.com/culturecast

“A New Kind of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853992

“The Bible Tells Me So”: https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Tells-Me-Defending-Scripture/dp/0062272039

“People’s History of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/Peoples-History-Christianity-Other-Story/dp/0061448710

“Heart of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Christianity-Rediscovering-Life-Faith/dp/0060730684

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What is a Liberal Mainline Protestant?



This week and next, Dan walks Ellen (and the rest of us) through the world of Liberal Mainline Protestants: Methodists, Episcopalians, some Lutherans, some Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, and others. This is Part 1, which includes a lot of Dan and Ellen talking through and clarifying various ideas.

3:00 – What does “Liberal Mainline Protestant Church” mean?

10:45 – Meet the voters and experts

14:30 – What makes Liberal Mainliners different than Evangelicals?

21:58- Our hosts’ thoughts on the differences between Mainline Protestants and Evangelicals

29:00- “Evangelical vs Liberal”: Experts weigh in on the issue

39:00 – Political involvement among Liberal Mainliners

47:24- “The oppressors and the oppressed”: Liberal ideology and its relation to Christian ethics 

58:00 – Action steps: find a church, read a book, listen to a podcast

Tripp’s book and podcast: https://homebrewedchristianity.com/
http://fortresspress.com/product/homebrewed-christianity-guide-jesus-lord-liar-lunatic-or-awesome

Jim’s book: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/evangelical-vs-liberal-9780195300123

Welcome

Homebrewed Culture Cast: http://www.christianpiatt.com/culturecast

“A New Kind of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853992

“The Bible Tells Me So”: https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Tells-Me-Defending-Scripture/dp/0062272039

“People’s History of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/Peoples-History-Christianity-Other-Story/dp/0061448710

“Heart of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Christianity-Rediscovering-Life-Faith/dp/0060730684

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