The Art of Redemption Radio Podcast

Ep. 026.3 – Zombie Hoards vs. “The Man”

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Zombie Apocalypse Series Part 3

In this episode we are all back together and talk about a particular episode from the Walking Dead in Season 2 where the group has apprehended a straggler from another bigger and more dangerous group. What they do with him and how they handle the decision making of that outcome is very interesting and really reflects a particular worldview.

TO apply this to our lives and current cultural situation, do Zombies apply to the election? Are there worldviews we are using that we use to show that the means will justify the end?

This idea is what we tackle on this episode as we look into the philosophy of Instrumentalism and how that is modeled in The Walking Dead and how we can see this today in our culture and especially in the coming presidential election.

Join us as we discuss this worldview and its application to the TV series and to our lives today. If you enjoy the show please consider sharing us with your friends and giving us a rating and review or chat with us on twitter and Facebook!

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This week’s Promo: Spurgeon Audio 

Intro Music: The Walking Dead Theme

Ending Song: Zombie by The Cranberries

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Ep. 026.2 – Why Zombies Hate to be Alone

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Zombie Apocalypse Series Part 2

Do you like who you are? Do you know who you are? Can you truly know who you are?
We live in the  “Ego Pagan Era” = We worship the self.
This leads to a crisis of identity because the self cannot introspectively turn in on itself and figure out what it is. The Self cannot know the Self.
This means that the harder we look for identity the more we realize how unknowable it is. This causes us, out of a growing sense of desperation, to search even harder for some sense of identity.
So we start looking for others to validate our existence and our choices. We post status updates on Facebook which really just say, “please authenticate my existence.”
How does all this tie into The Walking Dead?
In a lot of ways the zombie apocalypse strips away the social institutions that insist on everyone operating by the same moral horizons.
In a world of zombies there is no government. There is no religion. People actually have the chance to take the message of individualism seriously.
In The Walking Dead many of them do. Shane wouldn’t dare steal Rick’s wife, then decide to kill Rick to get her before the zombie apocalypse. Why is he willing to do it now?
One of the ways we as christians combat individualism is by taking the second greatest commandment seriously. We are to love our neighbor whole-heartedly.

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This week’s Promo: Sinners League

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Me, Myself and I by G-Eazy, Bebe Rex

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Ep. 026.1 – Why the Zombie Apocalypse is Such a Scream

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Zombie Apocalypse Series Part 1

This week we start a new series on post-apocoliptic art, mainly we will focus on the AMC raving TV series: The Walking Dead. But before we really dive into the show we start off by looking at some key ideas about zombies and post-apocoliptic art.

We read a handful of poems along with some quotes from Alissa Wilkinson and Robert Joustra‘s new book: How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World that really tackle the essence of what we will be covering in this month’s series.

Listen in as we dig deeper into what lies beneath the surface of a zombie…

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This week’s Promo: Refining and Reforming

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: All Men Amen by Odd Thomas

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Episode 024.5 – The Watchmen Series Part 5: Dr. Manhattan (Materialism)

In this weeks episode we talk about Dr. Manhattan and as a warning it is somewhat graphic just due to the fact that Dr. Manhattan is a big blue naked guy in this book and movie.

As we dive into this episode we hit on the philosophy of materialism. This isn’t the kind of materialism where you really like stuff but rather that you have an idea about the material world around us as being The Higher Power in essence. Nancy Pearcey’s article on this worldview explains it pretty well in easy terms.

As we examine this idea we line it against truth and see how it is inconsistent, as any false worldview is, and how it has to borrow from a biblical worldview in order to even be feasible.

Dr. Manhattan goes through a terrible accident but in the end learns how to put himself back together and has a different perspective on things in this world now. He sees into the future, knows more than the average man about mankind, can walk through walls, and is not limited by his physical surroundings, he is in essence God. We examine that idea of his characteristics against God’s characteristics and see where Dr. Manhattan falls short.

In the end we see the inconsistent ideas of materialism and how, as with any false worldview, it must borrow parts of God’s truth revealed to us generally and specifically, in order for it to be considered.

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Episode 024.4 The Watchmen Series Part 4: Rorschach (Moral Atheism)

This weeks episode takes us into one of our favorite characters from the graphic novel: Rorschach. If you’ve seen this word before its because this characters name is actually a phycology test called the rorschach test in which you look at a formless blot on a card and tell the administrator of the test what you see.

Here as we look into the worldview and character of the comic book character by the same name we see some interesting things, namely the worldview he holds to which is moral atheism. Moral Atheism as explained by a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Louise M. Antony “we find moral value to be immanent in the natural world, arising from the vulnerabilities of sentient beings and from the capacities of rational beings to recognize and to respond to those vulnerabilities and capacities in others.”

The issues in this idea is what we talk about in this episode. If people are not inherently moral as determined by God we make ourselves to be God and therefore moralism can be as diverse and flexible as the personalities that people possess. What may be immoral for one may not be considered immoral for another. It leaves the door wide open for our natural human depravity to run the show, and nothing good will com of that.

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Episode 024.3 The Watchmen Series Part 3: Getting to know Alan Moore

This weeks episode we break from the characters in the Watchmen story to introduce to you Alan Moore, the author of Watchmen.

We dive into this mans ideas and his thinking through an interview by DAVID PESCOVITZ in 2011. As we listen in on this interview we talk about some of the things he says and believes and how that not only effects his worldview and philosophies but also how  it come across in his characters in the graphic novel and movie. 

Creator of art always include within their art their presuppositions and worldview and Alan Moore in no exception. Honestly he is a fool and an evil man. When we live a life devoid of God it leads to these kinds of absurd ideas and beliefs. Without faith we cannot explain God or anything no matter how much knowledge we have “gained”.

Drawing a line … Alan Moore, the creator of Watchmen.

Episode 024.2 The Watchmen Series Part 2: Ozemandias (Utilitarianism)

In this weeks episode we continue the Watchmen series with another popular worldview: Utilitarianism. This worldview takes life and decisions and puts them into a math equation (Three minute video) to try and figure out if a decision is going to be better for more or less people if it is done or not.

This idea leads to a thinking of one death is worth it if a mass number of people can avoid having headaches or be inconvenienced. This worldview takes life and in essence devalues it in comparison to a “greater good”.

The idea that one man can know that his mass killings of millions will be more beneficial to the “greater good” is impossible. A person would have to be all-knowing, in all places, and be all-powerful, i.e. God. As people we are limited by our own downfalls in these areas. We cannot and will not be God, though, that is really what the utilitarian places themselves in the position of, claiming to know that the outcome is going to be for the better of all.

Except we cannot account for all things as Adrian Veldt did not account for Rorschach journal being dropped off at the newspaper office, which would lead to the exposing of Adrians plan.

Man is depraved and no matter what we think we have done to defeat it the best possibility is all we did was postpone it for a very short time. Only Christ can cure the depravity of the human heart, only The God of Creation can make all things new…

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Episode 024.1 The Watchmen Series Part 1: The Comedian (Nihilism)

This week we start a new series based on the graphic novel Watchmen, by Alan Moore and David Gibbons. As we dive into this series we will be looking into 6 characters and the worldviews that they are communicating through this Novel.

This Novel is on the New York Times top 100 best novels ever. It has been awarded the Hugo award in 1988, an award for the best science fiction story.

The story and characters in this novel are worth looking into for the reason that there are many ways that these worldviews are personified as people that are relatable and almost tangible.

What is the big idea? As we go through this series we will take apart these world views and the characters that portray them and point out the inconsistencies and mishaps that they cannot hold to.

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Episode 023.6 Mysticism in Star Wars: Mysticism Series Closer Part 6

As we close out this series on Mysticism we take a look into the multi-million dollar money maker series of the Star Wars franchise and talk about the underlying worldview given in these movies, but also how they can’t hold true to that worldview to the end.

Also, Cody has some sort of epiphany about Star Wars he has never realized before, thanks to doing this podcast and really thinking about what it is goes into our eyes and mind.

When we look into this movie series we can see that there is the good side (light) and the bad side (dark) and they battle in these movies but the light always wins. Why is that? It is not consistent with  the ideal and worldview even adhered to by the characters in the movie. They cannot hold to this worldview because it would make bad film.

We talk about a specific idea in a conversation between Yoda and Anakin Skywalker that love leads to attachment, attachment to fear, fear to jealousy, jealousy to anger, anger to the dark side. Love is what leads Anakin to the dark side but also what draws Darth Vader back from the dark side. A confusing and inconsistent idea we hash out.

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Episode 023.5: Mysticism, Despair, and Mark Rothko: Mysticism Series Part 5

We open this episode with some talk about family worship and some of the practices that Roy and Cody do with their families. For some more info on what they talked about her are the links: New City CatechismMy First CatechismDon Whitney Family Worship 101

In this weeks episode we take a look into what the outcome of the worldview of mysticism leads to. We talk about the life and work of Mark Rothko, an American painter of Russian Jewish decent, often identified as an abstract expressionist painter.

As we look into the chronology of his work (found here but not completely chronological) we can see that as he got deeper into Mysticism things became less and less detailed, less and less meaningful. His work ends in massive black paintings displayed in the Rothko Chapel in Houston Texas. 

In the end when we try to dismiss God from our lives it leads to despair. Mark Rothko committed suicide before he found whatever he was searching for. He was looking for meaning outside of God and did not find it, nor will anyone. All worldviews, outside of a true Christian and Biblical worldview, leads to despair. As seen in these pieces below you can see his worldview play out chronologically…

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Episode 023.4: Mysticism Meets Jim Carry: Mysticism Series Part 4

This weeks episode continues in the Mysticism series as we takes a look at Jim Carry’s commencement speech to MUM University graduates and the painting he made about our light shinning through.

Jim Carry has some great things to say in this speech but within the context of his speech and his worldview, that is tainted by mysticism, you are lead into a spiral of never-ending nothing. There some things that make sense in his speech but they soon devolve and end up contradicting his previous statements.

His painting expresses his worldview and his ideal and the idea that he is the light, in fact, we are all the light and we need to let it shine through for all to see in all its glory. As we line up his speech with a Christian worldview and philosophy we can very easily see that what ensues breaks down the mysticism worldview that Carry and this school holds to.

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Episode 023.3: Mysticism Meets Nature: Mysticism Series Part 3

In this weeks episode we are down a man but continue in the series on Eastern Mysticism focusing on the movie Avatarreleased in 2009 (a huge technological advancement in movies as being the first movie to be made specifically for 3D).

As wee look into this movie we; reveal the inconsistent ideas of eastern mysticism, talk about the supposed balance that is the goal of “Eywa’, the divine one of life in the movie, and how this worldview has to borrow from Total Truth in order to make sense of reality.

These other ideas and worldviews, should cause us as believers to consider the greatness of God and cause us to worship and glorify Him more because what He has established and put in motion holds together and remains consistent, though our natural sinful heart tries to reject it.

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Episode 023.2: Mysticism Meets an Artist: Eastern Mysticism Series Part II

In this week’s episode the guys are joined by a real artist Gloria Blinn to discuss how eastern mysticism affects the arts.

The group discusses the importance of what art really is and how it causes us to worship. The worship, if not kept in check by Total Truth, errs off into world-views that just don’t work, i.e. eastern mysticism. As they go on in this discussion they really draw on the work of Vincent Van Gogh and talk about what his driving force was when painting and how his worldview came through in his work.

Worldview comes out in all the arts and we as Christians are responsible to be making reflect our creator and communicate His character in our art.

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Episode 023.1: How Mysticism Got its foot in the Door: Eastern Mysticism Series Part I

 In this weeks episode we start a 5 week series on Eastern Mysticism. As we dive into this topic we start with an introduction on what it is and its attempts to understand the world in which we live.

But before we get into the topic we listen to Daniel tell a story of a van that caught fire and the ensuing adventure with his dad and then Roy talks about the Brexit issue that took place this last week and how unserious we as Americans see things like this in history.

We start off the conversation with a question you might not hear very often: What do you think about orange peels? Are they real? Or simply your imagination? As we look into Eastern Mysticism we talk about a story written by J.D. Salinger (the author of The Catcher and the Rye) found in his book titled Nine Stories, called “Teddy”. In this story we see a young boy who holds to a worldview deeply rooted in Eastern Mysticism and we examine how his worldview affects not only his life but those around him.

We also examine how we can approach the opportunity to talk to people looking to Eastern Mysticism for answers about The Total Truth. Christianity provides true hope and redemption in a world that is hurt and broken.

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