March 27, 2015 – The Afterlife

My guest on this program is Baylor University professor Greg Garrett. He teaches classes in fiction and screenwriting, literature, film and popular culture, and theology. He is the author or co-author of three dozen short stories, a dozen scholarly articles, and twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Dr. Garrett is also Residential Scholar at Gladstone’s Library in Wales and a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church. We’ll be talking on this show about his most recent book, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination, which explores answers to the question, “What lies in store for us after we die?”

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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.

September 13, 2013 – The Problem with God

This program features an interview with Peter Steinberger, author of The Problem with God: Why Atheists, True Believers, and Even Agnostics Must All Be Wrong. The book confronts the question of whether or not the idea of God is coherent, and in coming to grips with our deep-seated beliefs shows that asserting, denying, or even just wondering about God’s existence prevents us from seeing the truth–which, it turns out, is far more interesting and encouraging than anyone would have thought. Peter Steinberger is the Continue reading

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