August 14, 2015 – Original Sin & the Western World

My guest on this program is historian James Boyce, author of Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World. The book explores how the centuries-old concept of original sin has shaped the Western view of human nature, right up to the present. He explores how many historical figures have contributed to the idea, and he argues that Continue reading

July 31, 2015 – Philosophy in a Divided World

My guest on this program is Carlos Fraenkel, McGill University professor of philosophy and Jewish Studies. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, the London Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement, among others. He has traveled and taught philosophy and religion in many different regions, and his most recent book, Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World, explores how useful the tools of philosophy can be–particularly in places fraught with conflict–to clarify important social, political, and religious questions and explores answers to them.

September 12, 2014 – The Age of Atheists

On this program we’ll talk with intellectual historian, journalist, and author Peter Watson. His most recent book explores one of the modern world’s most important yet controversial intellectual achievements: atheism. The book, The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God, explores the revolutionary ideas and big questions provoked by some of the greatest philosophical, scientific, & political minds of the last Continue reading

June 6, 2014 – How Jesus Became God

This program features a conversation with one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world, Bart D. Erhman, about his most recent book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. He is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of more than twenty books, many of which are listed below. He has Continue reading

May 9, 2014 – Jesus of Nazareth

My guest on this program is Reza Aslan, the author of the bestselling books No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and most recently Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. He is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California and a research associate at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in the history of religion from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

June 22, 2012 – History of God, Satan & Early Christianity

My guest on the next edition of “Consider This” is Eric Thompson, Ph.D. He is a professor of religious studies at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he teaches such courses as the History of God, History of Satan, Introduction to Religious Studies, Early Christian Literature, The Hebrew Bible, & Comparative Mythology. He can read many ancient, “dead” languages (no longer spoken by any communities), such as Ancient Greek, Ancient Hebrew, & Aramaic. This means he can read all the Jewish and Christian Scriptures in their original languages, and he is also competent in several other dead languages, as well as German & French, and he is working on Arabic. Recommended reading list below. Continue reading