New Persuasive Words

"The revival in religion will be a rhetorical problem - new persuasive words for defaced or degraded ones." - Thornton Wilder

About the show

New Persuasive Words started as two guys talking about life with what we thought (hoped?) was wit and insight, on our good days anyway. Then...a podcast.

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  • Episode 96: Love Is What We Need

    January 3rd, 2017  |  31 mins 21 secs

    In this episode we take inspiration from a passage from Tomas Halik’s new book I Want You To Be. 

  • Episode 95: Lights Old And New

    December 31st, 2016  |  35 mins 55 secs

    In our last podcast of 2016 we discuss what may be the most important theological conflict in American religious history: the Old/New Light controversy. We reference a previous podcast we did in this episode. You can find it here: https://www.blubrry.

  • Episode 94: The Variety of Religious Experience

    December 29th, 2016  |  35 mins 2 secs

    We talk about religious experience in a secular age inspired in part by a recent article in the NY Times by Ross Douthat. You can find the piece here:

  • Episode 93: Patience

    December 20th, 2016  |  29 mins 12 secs

    We dedicate this most recent podcast about the work of the Czech theologian and philosopher Tomáš Halík to our beloved friend, of blessed memory, Dr. Howard Baker. We continue to miss him and wish we could have listened in on a conversation between Drs...

  • Episode 92: Born of a Woman

    December 13th, 2016  |  29 mins 30 secs

    In this episode we consider the birth of Jesus and what it means for us today.  

  • Episode 91: The Electoral College

    December 9th, 2016  |  26 mins 55 secs

    In this episode we share our thoughts about the venerable electoral college, among other things. Show Notes: We reference a Freakonomics episode on public trust. You can find it here:

  • Episode 90: West World Wrap Up

    December 5th, 2016  |  16 mins 55 secs

    QWe’re joined by a special guest to unpack the Season Finale of West World!

  • Episode 89: Do I Have To Believe In My Belief?

    December 1st, 2016  |  28 mins 58 secs

    In this episode we do a little Luther vs. Calvin on the question of faith in the spiritual life. We ask if our faith is something in which we should in any sense believe. Our thinking was originally stimulated by Philip Cary’s extremely helpful essay,

  • Episode 88: Let’s Get (Meta)Physical!

    November 26th, 2016  |  49 mins 56 secs

    In this episode we get metaphysical…BIGLY! We consider the relationship between philosophy and theology, inspired by the work of one of, if not the greatest, living theologians, Robert Jenson.

  • Episode 87: Are The Times Changing?

    November 16th, 2016  |  51 mins 47 secs

    Bill and Scott emerge from the bunker. We offer our post-election thoughts one week out…BIGLY!

  • Episode 86: Election Matters

    November 7th, 2016  |  38 mins 24 secs

    In this podcast Bill and I continue to talk about the legacy of the Reformation. This time we consider a subject where we both agree the Reformation didn’t go far enough….the doctrine of election.

  • Episode 85: Law V Grace…Part 2?

    November 4th, 2016  |  44 mins 19 secs

    We answer a listener question: can grace really be abused? Are there really “antinomians?”! Keep the questions coming.

  • Episode 84: The Reformation…Was Anything Lost?

    November 2nd, 2016  |  43 mins 5 secs

    In this episode we have a friendly debate about the legacy of the Reformation today.

  • Episode 83: Prayer For A Nation?

    October 23rd, 2016  |  30 mins 34 secs

    The 2016 election is almost upon us and many people in the United States are unsettled, anxious or angry. We talk about the days ahead.

  • Episode 82: The True, The Good, And The Beautiful

    October 10th, 2016  |  30 mins 14 secs

    We take a break from the daily grind and turn to the things that matter yesterday, today and tomorrow. The true, the good and the beautiful.

  • Episode 81: Debate Wrap Up #2, Once More Into The Breach My Friends!

    October 10th, 2016  |  32 mins 5 secs

    No one asked, but we offered it up, with guests! Our own focus group!