New Persuasive Words
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.
Episode 66: Should Tragedies Change Our Thinking?
June 18th, 2016 | 31 mins 54 secs
In this episode Bill and Scott spend some time trying to find words to understand the Orlando mass shooting and what it means for thinking about modern life.
Episode 65: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same?
June 11th, 2016 | 31 mins 24 secs
In this episode we consider some events in the news recently and wonder whether there is precedent for them or not. We then ask whether or not there is anything new under the sun.
Episode 64: The Eve Of Destruction?
June 5th, 2016 | 34 mins 16 secs
Why are we so interested in post-apocalyptic fiction and film these days? Is it because we sense something about our world is ending? What is it that’s passing away, and why does it matter? Show Notes: We reference a book in this episode: How to Surviv...
Episode 63: Looking For Love In All The (Wrong?) Virtual Places
May 31st, 2016 | 32 mins 31 secs
In this episode we consider the funny and frightful world of online dating and what it tells us about modern culture and ourselves. Show Notes: This podcast grew out of a piece Scott wrote for Mockingbird. You can find it here: http://www.mbird..com/2016/05/faith-the-future-the-frightening-reality-of-online-dating.
Episode 61: Hell
May 17th, 2016 | 34 mins 57 secs
In this episode we take some time to talk about Hell. Who believes in it and why and does it still matter? Show Notes: We reference an essay by George Hunsinger which is found in his book Disruptive Grace. We also reference a book by David Powys,
Episode 60: A Church Of Thrones?
May 11th, 2016 | 35 mins 4 secs
In this episode we talk about Game of Thrones. Enough said?
Episode 59: What’s Scarier Than Us Talking About Science?
May 2nd, 2016 | 25 mins 22 secs
The answer to the question that serves as the title to this podcast is…Bill Nye, “the science guy”, talking philosophy. He answers a question from a fan on YouTube about whether to study philosophy in college. And what an answer it is!
Episode 58: Solid Gold Jesus: Jesus, By The Velvet Underground
April 20th, 2016 | 26 mins 56 secs
We begin the official Top Ten list of the greatest songs about Jesus with a discussion of “Jesus”, by The Velvet Underground.
Episode 57: Fighting Fair
April 17th, 2016 | 35 mins 36 secs
In this episode we talk about conflict. It’s inevitable in life. The question isn’t whether or not we’ll find ourselves involved in conflict in public and private life. It’s what we will do in the midst of it.
Episode 56: Bare Necessities
April 8th, 2016 | 30 mins 29 secs
In this podcast, inspired by Dan Carlin, we reflect on the essential commitments and values that we wouldn’t (or at least shouldn’t) compromise. What are they? How are they formed? When is it OK to change them and why?
Episode 55: The Death Of Moral Relativism?
April 6th, 2016 | 32 mins 32 secs
In this episode we discuss an article by Jonathan Merrit that appeared in The Atlantic announcing the death of moral relativism and the rise of the new shame based moralism. Show Notes: You can find Jonathan Merritt’s article here.
Episode 51: Guilt
March 16th, 2016 | 34 mins 32 secs
In this episode of the show we discuss about guilt. We talk about how it feels and what to do with it when it’s weighing you down.
Episode 49: Loss
March 6th, 2016 | 38 mins 5 secs
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross In this episode we deal with loss.
Episode 48: This American Religious Life: Greg Strawbridge
March 3rd, 2016 | 44 mins 30 secs
We’re going to do a non-scientific profile of different religious communities and personolaties and how they shape the American religious landscape. We’re not sociologists, but that’s never stopped us before. This is the first edition of the series,