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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Episodes

  • Episode 233: Socialism on the Rise?

    August 20th, 2018  |  26 mins 42 secs

    In this episode, inspired by a discussion on the Commentary Magazine podcast, we discuss the rising popularity of socialism in America today.

  • Episode 232: Infrastructure and Tradition

    August 16th, 2018  |  34 mins 56 secs

    In this episode we talk about Roman roads, the importance of infrastructure and the nature of preservation and innovation in traditions.

  • Episode 231: Patriotism and Nationalism

    August 7th, 2018  |  28 mins 1 sec

    William F. Buckley once said: "I’m as patriotic as anyone from sea to shining sea, but there’s not a molecule of nationalism in me.” Inspired by this quote, we consider whether one can be an American patriot and a nationalist at the same time.

  • Episode 230: Nature and Grace

    August 2nd, 2018  |  28 mins 13 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we discuss the relationship of nature and grace.

  • Episode 229: The Show About Nothing

    July 15th, 2018  |  51 mins 13 secs

    We welcomed friend of the show Geoff Holsclaw into the bunker for the first time. We went into this episode without a topic. It was a show about nothing that became something. This goes down as one of our favorite Bullgeschicte episodes. Can't wait to have Geoff back.

  • Episode 228: When Politics Shapes Religion

    July 13th, 2018  |  21 mins 46 secs

    Inspired by a recent piece in the New York Times, we discuss new research that shows how political affiliations and commitments are shaping religious one, not the other way around.

  • Episode 227: God, Predestination and Evil

    July 9th, 2018  |  25 mins 4 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we offer a postscript to our previous episode on Calvin and predestination. We grapple with questions about providence, predestination and evil.

  • Episode 226: Calvin and Predestination

    July 6th, 2018  |  27 mins 38 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we talk about Calvin and predestination.

  • Episode 225: The Little Luther

    June 27th, 2018  |  26 mins 52 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we talk about Luther and the Reformation reception of Augustine, in conversation with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, popularly know as "The Little Flower of Jesus."

  • Episode 224: The Laodicean Augustine

    June 23rd, 2018  |  31 mins 9 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, Bill argues for a "Laodicean" Augustinian understanding of human nature.

  • Episode 223: Creation and Fall

    June 21st, 2018  |  34 mins 16 secs

    In this episode we begin a new series of indeterminate length. We're attempting to talk through Creation, Fall and Redemption and everything in between and how this shapes how we discuss our understanding of salvation and the human condition.

  • Episode 222: Creation In Anticipation

    June 20th, 2018  |  22 mins 40 secs

    In this episode, inspired by Richard Rohr and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, we talk about what it means for creation to look forward to its fulfillment.

  • Episode 221: Faith Without Understanding

    May 31st, 2018  |  26 mins 5 secs

    In this episode we consider what happens when faith is unreflective and ceases to seek continued understanding.

  • Episode 220: The Forgotten Trinity

    May 28th, 2018  |  35 mins 40 secs

    In this episode, inspired by a provocative and self-admittedly unorthodox sermon Trinity Sunday sermon posted on The Episcopal Cafe website, we reflect on the enduring significance of the doctrine of the Trinity.

  • Episode 219: Original Sin

    May 22nd, 2018  |  33 mins 2 secs

    In this episode, inspired by a piece in the New York Times by a contemporary philosopher, we reflect on the contemporary relevance of an often maligned ancient Christian doctrine.

  • Episode 218: Greater Things

    May 17th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min

    In this Bullgeschichte episode we are joined by Doug Pagitt. Doug is the founder and director of the non-profit Greater Things Foundation, which is the umbrella organization that much of his work operates within. We talk about faith, life, evangelicalism and politics. And of course, a little Donald Trump.