Posts tagged "PZ’s Podcast"
PZ’s Podcast: Cosmic Recension

PZ’s Podcast: Cosmic Recension

EPISODE 165

In traditional New Testament studies, the student is trying to get as close as possible to the original text. The idea is that the closer you are to the original, the closer you are to the Inspiration that created the text in the first place.

The same principle applies to almost any branch of study, and also to art and literature. You want Kerouac’s actual scroll, Pollack’s actual canvas, Wordsworth’s actual pad, Mike Francis’ actual demo.

I think that Burton Cummings, Canada’s piano man, comes close to Inspiration in several of his songs, including songs he performed with The Guess Who….

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PZ’s Podcast: Deetour and Happy Clappy

PZ’s Podcast: Deetour and Happy Clappy

EPISODE 163: Deetour

The Contraption just keeps getting bigger. And I sort of wish He’d stop.

This podcast shows Him widening His sphere of influence. Is the “widening” welcome? Well, yes, if you believe that Karen Young, in her magnificent song “Deetour”, speaks the truth. (How can what she sings be denied?)

I also talk about job searches in the parish ministry, and rector search committees. (How could one have been so blind?) Blame it on the Contraption!

Episode 163 is dedicated to JAZ, the Minister of Edits.

EPISODE 164: Happy Clappy

I feel like in order to begin, you have to come to the end….

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PZ’s Podcast: Rain Dance

PZ’s Podcast: Rain Dance

EPISODE 162: Rain Dance

Nobody’s talking about the truth, about the reality of… This Thing (Gerald Heard). I saw it so clearly the other day while surfing the cable news. Every single one of the cable news networks was talking about Obamacare. Every one, at the same time! And it was the same arguments, pro and con; the same advocates and same objectors; and the same unrelieved impasse.

I wasn’t interested so much in Obamacare as I was in the repetitive nature of the “conversation”. “Over and Over and Over Again” (Dave Clark Five).

Then I understood why. I understand why it’s all…

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PZ’s Podcast: PBS

EPISODE 161

Ever since I read John Harris Harper’s miraculous new book Witnesses to the Light, which has just been published in Birmingham, I have been thinking about what it means to do something that is not half baked. This is because Harper’s book is thoroughly baked, a completely realized achievement.

Sometimes, because I can be paresseux, a thing I do will be half baked. I cut a corner, or fail to corroborate a fact, or skip a step in the argumentation. It’s just a fact of my work, and John Harper’s new book is a timely call to me to be thorough.

This podcast concerns the “escapism” of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822). In particular, it consists of a reflection on some lines that occur near the end of his poem “Adonais”. These lines connect with my Panopticon, and with an experience I had on May Day of last year.

We’ve “Gotta Get Away” (Rolling Stones) from this world, deep down, in order to engage. Like the nuns in “Call the Midwife”.

PZ’s Podcast: Changing Social Conditions in Indianapolis and The Happiest Actual Life

PZ’s Podcast: Changing Social Conditions in Indianapolis and The Happiest Actual Life

EPISODE 158: Changing Social Conditions in Indianapolis

Credible hope — hope that works — something to dispel the advancing clouds of agnosticism. Those clouds really do exist for people, especially as life begins to flummox them. Combined with alcohol, they’ll do you in.

Booth Tarkington found a gem of hope at the end of his novel The Magnificent Ambersons. Later that novel became a famous movie. Though they left out the game-changer scene! Did you know that at the heart of that story, there is a supernatural intervention? It’s not only credible but it succeeds.

Just like John Galsworthy’s astral moment in his…

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PZ’s Podcast: I Am Curious (Orange) and Every Mother’s Son

PZ’s Podcast: I Am Curious (Orange) and Every Mother’s Son

EPISODE 156: I Am Curious (Orange)

This is a Protestant “take” on a kind of war horse, a Swedish war horse. Gosh, it packed a punch in its day. And gosh, how little I understood it. Like zero to nil.

Watching it again, after all this time, was devastating to me. How did I miss its message, and its reality, so completely? But I did. Completely.

Don’t go back and see it, in any event. It’s too much to take in: how wrong you were, and how wrong categorization is, in particular. That the Golden Oldie of which I speak was never about…

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PZ’s Podcast: Groovy Kind of Love, Love in the 40s, Kramer, and Mandy

PZ’s Podcast: Groovy Kind of Love, Love in the 40s, Kramer, and Mandy

EPISODE 152: Groovy Kind of Love

This is about increasing your love, especially when you don’t feel that much of it in relation to “certain people”.

It takes off on a comment Gerald Heard made, from his deathbed, to Christopher Isherwood on August 3, 1967. Heard’s love, the further he moved away from “life”, was increasing rather than decreasing. He said something amazing to his old friend, and his friend recorded his amazement.

The cast is also a meditation on the old saw: All cats are grey in the dark. I used to not believe that, and thought it damaged the individuality of…

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PZ’s Podcast: Girl Talk

Episode 151: Girl Talk

61-Y57WkTyLI’ve just written a new book. It is called PZ’s Panopticon: An Off-the-Wall Guide to World Religion, and will be published by Mockingbird, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.

“Girl Talk” is an explanation of the book’s central idea, and also an “off-the-wall” explanation of why the book doesn’t talk about certain issues that are important. Important in this world, that is. To a dying person, they are not important.

Religion, to be worth something, must have something, and something fairly good, to offer a dying person. And hey, who isn’t?

There’s no question that religion is designed to meet the quandaries of “Living in the Material World” (G. Harrison). But the Big Red One is death, and dying.

The cast is “Dedicated to the One I Love” (The Mamas and the Papas): Ray Ortlund.

PZ’s Podcast: A Heartache, A Shadow, A Lifetime

PZ’s Podcast: A Heartache, A Shadow, A Lifetime

EPISODE 149

Exactly 45 years ago, I began formal academic study of the New Testament. It began at Chapel Hill, transferred to Cambridge, Mass; continued in Nottingham; and concluded (tho’ not quite) at Tuebingen.

Looking back on it now, the whole thing was “A Heartache, A Shadow, A Lifetime” (Dave Mason). Tho’ I still have hope.

The hope lies in the inexhaustible life and wisdom of Jesus. That’s a well that seems to never run dry, or at least it hasn’t for me.

This podcast remembers a long line of impressive scholarly mentors, a longer line of students and teachers who were “working something…

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PZ’s Podcast: Transcendence and INGSOC

PZ’s Podcast: Transcendence and INGSOC

EPISODE 147: Transcendence

You can’t fight life, otherwise known as The World, The Flesh and The Devil. Life, as H.G. Wells put it towards the end of his own, is The Antagonist. It is designed to checkmate your ego, with the result being: No One Gets Out Of Here Alive.

The way ahead has therefore got to consist in some form of “I Leap Over the Wall” (Monica Baldwin). Nothing else can work. It’s got to be Transcendence, or nothing.

This podcast appears to locate our Best Hope in Martians. A quote from Dennis Saleh, my actual chosen epitaph, is the take-off point….

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PZ’s Podcast: Soul Coaxing and Sermon for the Feast Day of Hey Jude

PZ’s Podcast: Soul Coaxing and Sermon for the Feast Day of Hey Jude

EPISODE 145: Soul Coaxing

This is about the music. For it’s the music that makes me want to speak.

The other night, right in the middle of sleep — no kidding — said a “voice from above” (Joe Meek via John Leyton): “You have got to talk about ‘Soul Coaxing’”. So I did.

The music, which was actually once the soundtrack of our lives — the real soundtrack, not The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, who, great as they were, were not what most people were actually hearing at the time — is beyond good. “Soul Coaxing” is a little like “Baby, I’m Amazed”:…

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PZ’s Podcast: Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff

PZ’s Podcast: Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff

Episode 144: Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff

This is about the outer limits of compassion. Is it possible to have compassion that somehow doesn’t avail, or doesn’t work?

Well, in principle, no. In practice, fairly often.

No American playwright understood his characters more compassionately than William Inge, who died exactly 40 years ago. Inge’s prefaces to some of his plays reveal perspectives that were both Christian and existentialist. Nowhere is the far country of his compassion more powerfully mapped out than in the 1970 novel “Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff”.

Incidentally, the novel was made into a faithful movie version in the late 1970s. It is…

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PZ’s Podcast: Girl Can’t Help It and Old Man River

PZ’s Podcast: Girl Can’t Help It and Old Man River

Episode 142: Girl Can’t Help It

I’d like this one to be considered avant-garde. Like Journey.

It’s a pastoral meditation on realism and hope, geared a little from Eric Rohmer’s “political” movie of 1993, “The Tree, The Mayor, and The Mediatheque”.

This cast also gives me a chance to introduce ‘George’ to my listeners. He’s been with me since the 2nd of April. I christened him ‘George’ on the basis of a “Way Out” episode from long ago, entitled “Dissolve to Black”. My friend George, however, is nicer than the original ‘George’.

Anyway, I hope you like the music, hope you like the movie,…

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PZ’s Podcast: Easter with Los Straitjackets

PZ’s Podcast: Easter with Los Straitjackets

EPISODE 141

Yes, I know they’re Down Under this month, but their songs they leave behind them.

The real purpose of this cast is to ask, What’s been going wrong with our failing Christian lives — our failing religious lives — and what, to sound practical and American, can be done about it?

These days I feel like Marco Polo said he felt when he returned from his travels: He’d seen a lot and had a lot to tell. He might even be able to help some fellow travelers from falling into the kind of ditches that he had. I doubt anyone really…

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PZ’s Podcast: Lobo’s Dating Tips for Christian Guys and Journey with Boo, Me and You

PZ’s Podcast: Lobo’s Dating Tips for Christian Guys and Journey with Boo, Me and You

Episode 138: Lobo’s Dating Tips for Christian Guys

This is a small exercise in Camp, a sort of “Visit to a Small Planet”. The text is the singles of Lobo. They are so “nuanced”, in terms of romantic relationships, that it’s hard to believe they were ever hits. But they were!

You could also say that this is a further note on “Notes from the Underground (River)”, the lecture series recently released by Mockingbird.

I had to leave out one of Lobo’s best songs, by the way, because it is just too heartbreaking. But you will hear “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your…

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