Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast

Dr. Wade Johnston discusses historical and current cultural and ideological reasons why Lutherans have a long history of not getting along.

Johnston has degrees from Martin Luther College, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Central Michigan University, and Erasmus University Rotterdam. He serves as assistant professor of theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and served for ten years in parish ministry in Saginaw, Michigan.

He also has a podcast:

https://www.letthebirdfly.com 

Direct download: Lutheran_Identity_Crises.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

How pyramid schemes operate like new religious movements. The history of direct marketing. Tupperware. Herbalife. Multi-level marketing. Capitalism. John Stuart Mill and classical liberalism. Regulations and the public good. 

Direct download: The_American_Dream_and_Pyramid_Schemes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Jeff interviews Christian and Chelsea Tuttle, outside their home (a Cold-War era six wheel drive: a 1982 Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer 712W) to discuss the ways in which this young couple has sought adventure, met new people, and lived life deliberately.

(The cold open uses ear buds; don't worry, the audio get's better after the opening music.)

They discuss the importance of travel, the ways in which people have been surprisingly decent along the road, and how one might choose the best vehicle for a roving lifestyle. (There are short reviews of a few types of modified vehicles).

Check out their blog site:

http://www.travelingtuttles.com/fleet/ 

Chelsea's a professional photographer, whose website is here:

http://chelseatuttle.com 

Some of their friends:

http://viajeros4x4x4.com 

The Facebook page Jeff mentions at the start of the show.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/panamtravelers/ 

We mention Mauricio and Abigail Parra, whose site is here:

http://vinoclub.com.mx 

 

For other shows:

http://www.virtueinthewasteland.com 

Direct download: Travel_is_Fatal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

A candid and uncensored conversation with Shannon, who grew up in the church but discusses the perplexing difficulties of reconciling her upbringing with the new rules of dating at age 33, especially in Manhattan. Perhaps the most valuable part of the conversation is the unique dangers for people--perhaps especially women--who live in the emotional aftermath of a divorce, and may become susceptible to manipulative people who want to capitalize on it for their own power and gratification.

Listed as explicit for adult language. Whether or not you agree with Shannon's response to her life situation, her candid explanation of how she feels will perhaps help you understand yourself, your loved ones, and even your romantic enemies a bit better.

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Direct download: Vulnerability_in_the_Wake_of_a_Divorce.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

What was the civil war about? How ought we remember it? What about Confederate monuments and statues?

www.virtueinthewasteland.com 

Direct download: The_Civil_War_and_its_Monuments.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm PDT

We explore moral psychology in Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind. Next week, we will discuss further with Dr. Kristen Koenig, a sociologist.

www.virtueinthewasteland.com will have relevant show notes.

Direct download: Moral_Psychology_and_Group_Think_Part_1.mp3
Category:Wasteland Companion -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Perhaps the greatest difficulty today is learning how to speak to one another without a shared canon, a shared set of values, or a shared way of seeking goodness truth and beauty. We discuss the nature of our postmodern context and how ethics and aesthetics might lead us out of the present cultural quagmire. 

See the show notes for links to the various projects in Baja California, Mexico, overseen by Mauricio and Abigail Parra, who we discuss in the first part of the show. 

www.virtueinthewasteland.com

 

Direct download: Our_Fragmented_Culture.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Micah is back! He's coming out with a new hip hop album that will rattle some cages. Where is the line between art, religion, politics, and freedom? 

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http://micahbournes.com

themasks.org 

Direct download: Hip_Hop_Non_Prophet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Listener questions answered.

What's burning, and what's at stake these days in the lives of Dan and Jeff as they return home from travels and speaking. 

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themasks.org

Direct download: Burning_Questions_Summer_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we address the many ways in which Martin Luther has been mischaracterized, by friends and foes alike.

Dan and Jeff are joined by Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto, author of The Fabricated Luther (Concordia Publishing) and founder and director emeritus of the League of Faithful Masks. They are also joined by 1517's own Dr. Scott Keith, who wrote his dissertation on Luther's successor, Melanchthon.

 

virtueinthewasteland.com

themasks.org

1517legacy.com

 

Direct download: Will_The_Real_Martin_Luther_Please_Stand_Up.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT