Cutting through the noise to find the truth about life, faith, and God.

Chuck Rathert and Aaron Mueller discuss issues and questions that are on the minds of people who are wrestling with the problems of existence and meaning, and explore how Christianity can answer these questions in a way that satisfies the longing of the human heart.

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Christianity and Stoicism

The ancient philosophy Stoicism is making quite a comeback in today’s culture, largely by offering an alternative to our culture’s commitment to personal, instantaneous pleasure as the highest good. And why Christianity certainly agrees with Stoicism about the problems of our post-sexual revolution Western culture, the two worldviews also diverge at important points.
In this episode, Chuck and Aaron talk about the similarities and differences between Christianity and Stoicism.

Episode 86    |    38 minutes

Christianity and Stoicism (Ep86)

Christianity and Stoicism (Ep86)

The ancient philosophy Stoicism is making quite a comeback in today’s culture, largely by offering an alternative to our culture’s commitment to personal, instantaneous pleasure as the highest good. And why Christianity certainly agrees with Stoicism about the problems of our post-sexual revolution Western culture, the two worldviews also diverge at important points.

In this episode, Chuck and Aaron talk about the similarities and differences between Christianity and Stoicism.

Are Atheists Smart and Christians Dumb? (Ep85)

Are Atheists Smart and Christians Dumb? (Ep85)

It’s commonly said in skeptical circles that atheists are logical and rational while Christian believers are superstitious and irrational; in other words, that atheists are smart while Christians are dumb. Is this true; and if it is, what does it tell us about the nature of the disagreements between skeptics and believers? Chuck and Aaron discuss the role intelligence plays in questions about God, and what Christianity has to offer people of all psychological makeups that attracts so many.

Christianity and Islam (Ep84)

Christianity and Islam (Ep84)

Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. The growing population of Muslims in the West has caused many secularists (as well as many Christians) to be alarmed at their expanding influence, but what do Muslims believe and how should Christians interact with their Muslim neighbors?

Christianity and Current Events (Ep83)

Christianity and Current Events (Ep83)

Should Christians speak out on current events, or should they stick to “religion” and keep quiet? Chuck and Aaron talk about the Christian vocation of speaking and living the gospel in the context God has placed us, but doing it in a way that doesn’t cave in to the culture’s false left/right dichotomy.

Should a Christian Watch Modern Movies? (Ep82)

Should a Christian Watch Modern Movies? (Ep82)

Christians are called to be in the world but not of the world, but this simple statement ends up being more complex in practice. Chuck and Aaron discuss how Christians can engage with the artistic expressions of our culture while maintaining the Gospel reality that Jesus’ kingdom stands against and has the power to redeem our culture’s attempts to replace him.

How to Walk with Someone Who is Suffering (Ep81)

How to Walk with Someone Who is Suffering (Ep81)

Many people struggle to be present with someone they care for who is suffering or grieving. The need to say comforting things but not having the right words sometimes causes us to avoid our suffering friends, but shunning is just as harmful as talking inappropriately. In this episode Chuck and Aaron talk about how to walk with someone who is suffering in a way that is healing and hopeful.

Christian Masculinity (Ep80)

Christian Masculinity (Ep80)

Toxic masculinity has provided an easy target for those who want to critique traditional notions of gender and gender relationship, but the most common alternative to toxic masculinity in our culture appears to be a self-absorbed narcissistic male, concerned only with his own pleasure and power. Chuck and Aaron discuss the biblical option to both these unfortunate stereotypes: a vision of masculinity that is self-giving and leads by sacrificially serving, a masculinity whose foundation is the character of God in the one true man, Jesus Christ.

Living Hope in a Secular Age (Ep79)

Living Hope in a Secular Age (Ep79)

The promise of Enlightenment secularism was that, once freed from the shackles of religion and its God, humans would be liberated to experience happiness and freedom for themselves. But by any metric this happy freedom has not materialized in the West. Chuck and Aaron talk about why this might be the case and point toward a hopeful but challenging solution to the great modern malaise.

Christianity and America (Ep78)

Christianity and America (Ep78)

Christians are both citizens of a particular earthly country, but also – and more fundamentally – citizens of heaven. How are Christians to navigate their ultimate identity in Jesus’ kingdom and their simultaneous vocation as members of an earthly community? Chuck and Aaron discuss here the relationship between Christianity and civic responsibility.