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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
Hinduism has historically flourished in the Indian subcontinent, but through immigration is rapidly growing in the West. What do Hindus believe, and how do those beliefs compare with Christianity? Chuck and Aaron compare and contrast these two religions, and talk about how the person and work of Jesus can meet the deepest longings of both Hindus and Christians.
Everyone has experienced periods of time when life seems empty and without meaning; some of us experience this sort of depression chronically. What does this depression mean? And what does the Bible say about how to move out of it? Chuck and Aaron note that while there are frequently physical aspects to depression, depression can be a helpful indicator that something spiritual in our lives has gone awry.
Do the four Christian gospels disagree with each other? They certainly are telling the same story, but the details are not all the same; so is this a problem for Christians? Or is it possible that what appear to be differences are actually just four different perspectives on the same event. Chuck and Aaron talk about how these stories are best understood not as contradictory but complementary.
The problem of selfishness seems to be growing at a destructive rate. How can we combat this epidemic? According to the Bible, we can only learn true love from the Gospel.
Fundamentalism is usually a pejorative term, but what does it mean to call someone a Christian fundamentalist? Aaron, having grown up in the movement, answers Chuck’s questions about the nature and beliefs of Christian fundamentalists.
It seems a bit superstitious and backwards, in this modern age, to believe in an evil supernatural being like Satan. But much of the evil in the world is hard to explain without a dark, personal will behind its destructive force. In this episode, Chuck and Aaron discuss the destructive and rebellious being the Bible calls the Satan.
Buddhism is an eastern religion, widespread in Southeast Asia and China, and while there are many places where Buddhist concepts and Christian doctrine overlap, there are (of course) many differences. Chuck and Aaron talk about the overlap between these two religions, but then respectfully point out how only Christianity can answer the important questions Buddhism raises.
The concept of sin seems strange to a culture that’s given up on the notions of good and evil. But perhaps the freedom from morality has betrayed us, leaving us without the mental framework to understand and work against things like school shootings, sexual assault, and systemic poverty, things we all know are evil. In this episode Chuck and Aaron talk about the benefits of bringing back the concept of sin.