In the premier episode of our theology sub-series, RTN Theology, we welcome Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith to discuss the intersection of Christianity and culture in the United States. We also chat about his illuminating Op-Ed that appeared in the Thanksgiving edition of the Washington Post, which looks at ‘love of country’ from a religious perspective. Smith penned “Awaiting the King,” a new book that studies secularism and its impact on modern day religion.
Ian Skotte tracked down the Swedish textile archeologist who believes she may have discovered a link between Viking and Muslim cultures from the ninth century. However, not everyone is convinced of these findings.
Finally, singer/songwriter David Childers rounds out our show. It just seemed appropriate to take time out during the Christmas holiday and spend time with our good friend. We discuss his take on gospel music and songs of the season as only David Childers can.
-James K.A. Smith Op-Ed from the Washington Post: The NFL’s Thanksgiving games are a spectacular display of America’s ‘God and country’ obsession
-Christina Anderson’s article from The New York Times: ‘Allah’ Is Found on Viking Funeral Clothes
-David Childers' Website
-Dr. Louis Haas faculty page at Middle Tennessee State University