Language of God
Language of God
Nov 12, 2020
62. Denis Lamoureux | God Meets Us Where We Are
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Denis Lamoureux didn’t just stumble unto evolutionary creation, though, as he will tell you, there was a great deal of stumbling on his path to get there. In the first part of the conversation he tells the story of faith to atheism, back to young earth creationism, and finally to evolutionary creationism, and how it was the bible, not science, which led him to where he is today. 

His new book, The Bible and Ancient Science: Principles of Interpretation, gives 22 different principles for reading the bible. We focus on a few of those in our conversation, including accommodation, inerrancy, and what he calls, the message incident principle, which is that the most important thing about scripture is the spiritual truths held within. These principles have helped Denis, and now his students, to dig deep into scripture, remain committed to Christ, and also to see to see the beauty of biology. 

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The Bible and Ancient Science: Principles of Interpretation

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Should Christians Worry Free Speech Is Eroding?
For years, one of the primary ways that people experienced Donald Trump was through his tweets. All of that changed on January 8, when, in the aftermath of the capitol insurrection, Twitter banned @realDonaldTrump. “Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks,” read the statement, which included the text of the tweets. “After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.” Twitter was not the only social media service to crack down on Trump. Snapchat banned him permanently. Facebook banned Trump's account through the remainder of his term and suggested it could ban "indefinitely." Last week, YouTube suspended Trump for a week because they said he violated a violence policy. This flurry of tech moves has raised questions about free speech and left some Christians wondering how well their First Amendment rights will be protected in the midst of this. John Inazu is a professor of law and religion at the Washington University Law School. He is the author of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference and more recently, with Tim Keller, Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference. Inazu joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss the complexity of defining “free speech,” what people misunderstand about the First Amendment, and the blind spots that Christians can have when advocating for free speech. What is Quick to Listen? Read more Rate Quick to Listen on Apple Podcasts Follow the podcast on Twitter Follow our hosts on Twitter: Morgan Lee and Ted Olsen Follow our guest on Twitter: John Inazu Some of Whitehead and Perry’s Christian nationalism numbers Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Yvonne Su and Bunmi Ishola Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, Drew Collins, Evan Rosa
God’s Love Made Delicious: Food, Hospitality, and the Gift of a Eating Together / Norman Wirzba & Matt Croasmun
"Cooking is a declaration of love ... food is God’s love made delicious." Theologian Norman Wirzba reflects on the threats of our faulty logic of food and our disordered and disconnected relationship to eating and nourishment, and imagines a theology of food grounded in membership, gift, and hospitality. Interview with Matt Croasmun. Support _For the Life of the World: _Give to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture About Norman Wirzba Norman Wirzba is the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology at Duke University. His teaching, research, and writing happens at the intersections of theology and philosophy, and agrarian and environmental studies. He is the author of several books, including _Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating _(2nd Edition), _From Nature to Creation_, and _The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age,_ and his most recent book, _This Sacred Life: The Place of Humanity in a Wounded World,_ will be published in 2021. In his spare time he likes to bake, play guitar, and make things with wood. For more information visit his website at Show Notes * Introduction * _Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating_—a picture of what eating can be, connecting us to the world, to each other, to God. * When it comes to eating in America these days, how are we doing? * Anonymity and ignorance. We are disconnected from food, we’re not encouraged to know where food comes from or how it came to be. * "Eat food, not too much, mostly vegetables." * Good eating is not solely a matter of personal virtue or vice. It’s part of a complicated system, agricultural strategy, and political process we’re involved in. * Food is central to human flourishing, but if it’s only a market commodity, we end up with a faulty logic that drives a sinister food industry. * You can only sell so much: therefore, preservatives * If food is primarily to be digested, we have foods that are, in principle, indigestible. It tastes good, and never makes you full. It’s the perfect food commodity. The food system is developed to take advantage of you as a unit of consumption. * What is eating for? * Membership as a eucharistic mode for changing the way we conceive of food and the good. * Eating is a daily reminder of our need. * Fruits of the spirit that ought to animate our relation to membership. * Mutual belonging (Willie Jennings, _The Christian Imagination_) * How disconnection from the land leads to alienation and loneliness. * Attention to geography and sources of life; how do we cultivate awareness and proper attention? * Robin Kimmerer, _Braiding Sweetgrass_—the White American presence has always been “this is not home.” Therefore, “The land we live on and are blessed by _does not love us_.” Think about what kind of compensation must follow to this kind of alienation. * Racial components of agriculture and food. "You cannot tell the story of agriculture apart from the story of slavery.” Agricultural labor and the objection to embodiment. * Embodiment and food. * Essential work, abstraction from bodies, and disembodied labor. * "We don’t want to know, because to have to know these things implicates us in how we shop for food." * God creates a world in which creatures eat. * What’s communicated through a meal prepared for you? You matter. * God invites us into hospitality, and food and eating can teach us that nurturing welcoming presence. * Food as gift. Submitting oneself to "the grace of the world.” * "Food is God’s love made delicious." * "Life has always proceeded by hospitality." * “Eating and cooking … cause us to stop and say, ‘It’s not all vicious. Maybe our living together can also be a celebration.’" * "All eating involves death.” How do you square the gift of food with the death it entails? * The first virtue of humility—because I don’t know, and because I understand vulnerability, I must live in a more humble, patient way. * What does policy look like when it comes through the lens of humility, dependence, gift, and vulnerability? * The story of a meal—its cultivating, growing, cooking, gathering, eating, enjoying, and nourishing. * You can’t homogenize people’s experience of food. * Sabbath, time, place: Slowing down to notice the goodness of the world God has given us. Thoughtfulness, intention, attention, presence, honoring each other * Who is invited to the table? Communal living, kinship, and community in a welcoming world. Abraham Heschel’s “an opening for eternity in time." * How can we honor the life that feeds us? Start simple. Soup and bread to celebrate the goodness of the world.
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