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(109) S7E6 Guns would have stopped the Holocaust

This episode marks the 76th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's execution in Nazi Germany. I take a break from looking at how positive non-violent movements work to asking whether or negative actions, like retaliatory violence, might work better at preventing atrocity. Fascism, like nonviolent action, is a populous movement whose force comes in numbers and the strength of the bond. Viral ideologies and movements, whether good or bad, can't be stopped with guns.

(108) S7E5 Nonviolent Action: Gahndi's Salt March

Gandhi is perhaps the most famous implementer of nonviolence in history. In this episode we look at his five principles of "soul force" and their importance to nonviolent action.

(107) S7E4 Nonviolent Action: The American Revolution

We take a look at the unexplored/underexplored nonviolent foundation of the American Revolution, and how a violent turn impacted the huge gains made by nonviolent action. We also bring in the pro-violent camp's favorite pastime - hypotheticals - and discuss the hypothetical present we'd have had violence not been used in rebellion against governing authorities.

(106) S7E3 Nonviolent Action: Antiquity

We continue our series on nonviolence by looking at three examples of nonviolence in history, discussing what they can teach us about nonviolence, as well as how we shape and tell history.

(105) S7E2 Nonviolent Action: Reasons Why Civil Resistance Works

This episode digs into the book, "Why Civil Resistance Works." We discuss research comparing nonviolent action with violent action, and how we should make sense of the counterintuitive conclusion which shouldn't be counterintuitive for Christians.

(104) S7E1 Nonviolent Action: The Role of Fear in Violence

We begin our season on nonviolent action. This episode starts to lay the groundwork by looking at the four ways of response: fight, flight, freeze, and sacrifice. We explore what it means to sacrifice, and the power behind it, and compare its handling of fear with violence's antithetical response.

(103) S6E11 John Howard Yoder's Sexual Assaults

Today we are ending our series by discussing John Howard Yoder's sexual assaults. I discuss why I find value in his work despite atrocious actions, and how we can and do distinguish between judging people and judging truth. *This episode has ended up being released at a time when so many Christians are having to deal with the news of Ravi and his sexual exploitation of so many women. The news of Ravi has caused me to reflect back on this episode, as I've seen a number of good arguments come out as to why one's work should not be used in light of such egregious oppression. I'm open to being wrong here, but as far as personal use of material, I don't think I have to throw out the truths Ravi and Yoder do end up getting right. I love philosophy because it's all about getting at the roots. So many of my fellow conservative Evangelical friends saw no issues with implementing a consequentialist ethic to get their guy in office. Who cares about the roots/means when you know the fruit/ends you want? I did a whole season on consequentialism, but today the episode linked below stands out. In it, I talk about other implications of a consequentialist ethic, one of which is suppressed sexual assault reports. After watching Lori Anne Thompson's disclosure of what Ravi did, and how she had other Christians telling her not to come forward because of the damage it would do, I think this episode is worth revisiting. When we implement an ethic where ends determine our means, we end up with an environment which allows Ravis to prey for decades. Episode: https://thefourthway.transistor.fm/episodes/40-consequentialism-consequentialisms-consequences-in-the-real-world Lori Anne Thompson: https://youtu.be/Xyl6jzg5ldc

(102) S6E10 Means and Ends: The Vacuous Facade of Legislation

We finish up our "Means and Ends" series by looking at government and politics. What might these means tell us about the ends they are able to procure?

(100) S6E8 Means and Ends: Spanking [PART 2]

In the second episode on spanking I lay out a case against the use of spanking by using the book "Corporal Punishment in the Bible."

(99) S6E7 Means and Ends: Spanking [PART 1]

I take a look at another specific application of our means and ends discussion by addressing the issue of spanking. This is a two part series. In the first episode I lay out a little of my journey and discuss why I historically thought spanking was a viable tool for parents, and in the second episode I will make a nonviolent case against spanking.

(98) S6E6 Means and Ends: Fire with Fire

We begin looking at applying the idea of means and ends to real world actions. In this episode we discuss a shooting in a Texas church where an active shooter was killed by church security. We compare an armed Christian response to violence with the martyrdom of Polycarp and ask whether the means of killing enemies creates the types of ends for which we say we're aiming.

(97) S6E5 Means and Ends: A Church Father, a Progressive Minority, and a Conservative Calvinist Walk into a Bar...

"Means are the ends in the process of becoming." We explore in this episode the idea that the ends are concomitant with the means. You can't grow apples on a pear tree. The seeds you plant produce the fruit you will harvest. We look at theologians from three very different places on the spectrum of Christianity to make this case for nonviolence. You can't get the ends of peace through the means of violence. Note: Today is the birth day of Martin Luther King Jr., so this episode which speaks about him was purposefully released today in honor of him. Thanks, Dr. King, for helping to advance this argument, but even more importantly, for your willingness to lay down your life in love, which was, and always will be the best argument out there for nonviolence.

(96) S6E4 Means and Ends: Purposing

This episode builds a bridge from Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus" to an argument for nonviolence related to that foundation. This episode identifies where purpose comes from and sets the stage for next week.

(95) S6E3 Means and Ends: The Politics of Jesus [Part 3]

We begin our discussion of means and ends by laying some groundwork using John Howard Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus." It was a revolutionary book for me and one I think is vital for all Christians, not just those espousing nonviolence.

(94) S6E2 Means and Ends: The Politics of Jesus [Part 2]

We begin our discussion of means and ends by laying some groundwork using John Howard Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus." It was a revolutionary book for me and one I think is vital for all Christians, not just those espousing nonviolence.

(93) S6E1 Means and Ends: The Politics of Jesus [Part 1]

We begin our discussion of means and ends by laying some groundwork using John Howard Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus." It was a revolutionary book for me and one I think is vital for all Christians, not just those espousing nonviolence.

(92) S1E27 The Fourth Way

I discuss the meaning behind the name of "Fourth Way," the symbolism in the image, the change of the image, and I announce the new and improved sound.

(91) S5E13 SOTM: Pearl

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 7:6.

(90) S5E12 SOTM: Jade

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 6:25-34, 7:7-11.

(89) S5E11 SOTM: Garnet

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 6:19-23.

(88) S5E10 SOTM: Sapphire

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 6:16-18.

(87) S5E9 SOTM: Topaz

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 6:1-4.

(86) S1E26 Veteran's Day - The Horror of War

Since today is Veteran's Day (and the armistice of WWI - the war to end all wars), I will take a look at the horror of war. Here I don't mean the atrocities of gruesome violence, but rather the horror which Solomon recognized so long ago, which is that all things we do to seek pleasure and control are ultimately vain. War is no exception. This episode explores the horror of war in its vanity - its futile attempt to control the world, and the wake of corpses, both literal and metaphorical, which it leaves trailing behind it. Today I want to honor veterans not by propping up the glorious facade of war, but by unmasking it for what it is. My hope is that when darkness is brought to light, it allows a true, deep honoring of veterans, and the beginning of healing.

(85) S5E8 SOTM: Ruby

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:38-48.

(84) S5E7 SOTM: Diamond

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:33-37 and Mt. 7:1-5.

(83) S5E6 SOTM: Emerald

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. Mt. 5:27-32.

(82) S3E15 One Issue Voting: A Response to Scott Klusendorf

This episode is a response to Scott Klusendorf's interview on Wretched Radio. The interview is focused on Klusendorf arguing that Christians should be one-issue voters. I attempt to point out nine major problems I have with Klusendorf's arguments. Since Klusendorf's argumentation seems representative of most conservative Christian voters, I think addressing his interview is important prior to the upcoming election.

(81) S5E5 SOTM: Amethyst

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:21-26.

(80) S5E4 SOTM: Turquoise

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:17-20 and Mt. 6:5-15.

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