Dr. Bart Ehrman — New York Times Best Selling Author of How Jesus Became GodBart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Ehrman completed his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. An expert on the New Testament and the history of Early Christianity, he has written or edited twenty-nine books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews. In addition to works of scholarship, Professor Ehrman has written several textbooks for undergraduate students and trade books for general audiences. In his latest book How Jesus Became God, this historian (not a believer) answers the questions: How did this transformation of Jesus occur? How did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? The dramatic shifts throughout history reveal not only why Jesus' followers began to claim he was God, but also how they came to understand this claim in so many different ways. Professor Ehrman has been featured widely in television, radio, and print media, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, CNN, Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
Dr. Rebecca Gordon — Author of Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches In The Post 9/11 United StatesThe terrorist attacks of September 11 reopened what many people in the United States had long assumed was a settled ethical question: Is torture ever morally permissible? Within days, some began to suggest that, in these new circumstances, the new answer was “yes.” Mainstreaming Torture argues that September 11 did not, as some have said, “change everything.” Institutionalized state torture remains as wrong today as it was on the day before those terrible attacks. Furthermore, U.S. practices during the “war on terror” are rooted in a history that began long before September 11, a history that includes both support for torture regimes abroad and the use of torture in American jails and prisons. This is a book for anyone who cares about how institutionalized torture affects its victims, its practitioners, and the nation that gives it a home. Philosophers, theologians, and political scientists may have a special interest in the book’s ethical argument: Most ethical views of torture miss the point, because they treat torture as a series of isolated actions that arise in moments of extremity. In fact, institutionalized state torture is as an ongoing, historically and socially embedded practice. Understanding torture this way reveals its implications for human virtue and flourishing. An examination of torture’s effect on the four cardinal virtues—courage, temperance, justice, and practical wisdom—suggests specific ways in which each of these is deformed in a society that countenances torture. Mainstreaming Torture concludes with the observation that if the United States is to come to terms with its involvement in institutionalized state torture, there must be a full and official accounting of what has been done, and those responsible at the highest levels must be held accountable.
*Dr. Rebecca Gordon received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.Div. and Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from Graduate Theological Union. She teaches in the Philosophy department at the University of San Francisco and for the university’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.
Sandra L. Brown — Pathosychologist, Author of Women Who Love PsychopathsAs the CEO of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Pathology Education, Sandra is recognized for her pioneering work on women's issues related to relational harm from dangerous and pathological partners and specializes in the development of Pathological Love Relationship clinical training and survivor support services. Her books, CDs, DVDs and other training materials are used as curriculum in drug rehabs, women's organizations and shelters, women's jail and prison programs, school and college-based programs, inner city projects, and various psychology and sociology programs. Her materials are distributed in almost every country of the world. Sandra has appeared in more than 50 television shows including Anderson Cooper’s daytime show. www.saferelationshipsmagazine.com
Project 'Slim Tim'As some of you may know, our good buddy - Tim The Tool - has mentioned a few times during the show how frustrated he is with his weight. So we surprised Tim and reached out to Whole Fitness Canada to see if they could help him out. For the next 10-weeks, Tim will be “Under Construction” with the gang at Whole Fitness Canada! Join us each week as we rally behind our friend Tim The Tool and cheer him on during PROJECT SLIM TIM!
**To catch up on Tim's progress, scroll down to our W.T.F segment and have a listen!
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This Weeks Recording Artist: Darcy WindoverDarcy Windover is a Canadian folk/roots/americana singer-songwriter & member of The Ole Fashion who just performed on our show a couple of weeks ago. Some of Darcy’s fondest childhood memories include driving around in his cousin Ira’s truck listening to Claude King and Johnny Horton. He started playing country music to pay homage to his late father Lloyd but has shared stages with the likes of David Usher, Joel Plaskett, Finger Eleven, and the Tragically Hip.
Dr. John Stackhouse“Heaven, Hell, and Everything In Between” is a course that Dr. Stackhouse will soon be teaching at Regent College. Here are some questions he'll be tackling that week:
• Why is nobody going to heaven? Where should we hope to go instead?
• What is hell, really, and how can it be squared with belief in a good God?
• Is hell forever? What does “forever” mean?
• Is there a Devil? Does he rule over hell, or is he headed there?
• Does someone have to hear about Jesus to be saved by Jesus?
• Why could a Protestant take purgatory as a serious possibility?
• Why would anyone believe in limbo? If it makes sense, why is it not taught as official Catholic doctrine?
• Are my departed loved ones looking down on me from heaven? If not, where are they, and what are they doing?
• Does hell have a back door? Will everyone eventually be saved? If not, why not?
• When Jesus told the repentant thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise,” what did Jesus mean?
• When Jesus returns, are we going up? Then keep going up? Or then down? Or what?
John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is an award-winning scholar and public communicator who has spent years adventurously mapping our complex cultural terrain, identifying both its worthy achievements and its zones of confusion. He collects research from a wide range of sources, corrects currently popular interpretations, and connects audiences with information and insight they can put immediately into practice. And he does all this with a wit you’ll find surprisingly refreshing in a scholar. *Dr. Stackhouse will be releasing a brand new book within the next couple of weeks called, Need To Know.
The Pub Crawl“Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)
This week on The Pub Crawl:
1. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau recently stated that anyone in his party must tow the party line when it comes to his position on abortion rights. So does this now mean that if the entire Liberal party is “pro-abortion” then all people of faith should not vote Liberal? (This of course assumes that people of faith believe that life begins at conception.)
2. A 10-year old First Nations girl who has decided to refuse anymore chemotherapy and instead take “traditional medicine”, has been reported to the Children's Aid Society. Makayla feels that she doesn't want to die in the hospital being so unbelievable sick because of the chemo. She also says that Jesus came into her room and told her not to be afraid and that she is healed. Should Makayla and her family have been reported to CA?
3. A lady from Florida who had sex with a 16-year-old boy and then fled to Saskatchewan, has been granted refugee status in Canada. She is facing a 30-year prison sentence. Is 30 years in prison for having consensual sex with a minor too stiff of a penalty? If so, then should she be allowed to stay in Canada?
W.here's T.he F.aith?Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
Today's W.T.F. Guest: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor for The AOL/Huffington Post Media Group