Banned Books

Banned Books

Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

Episodes

June 28, 2024 163 mins

Tick, Tick, Boom.

In this episode of Banned Books, we discuss Romans 3 while reading Philip Melanchthon’s commentary on Paul’s epistle. The main topics of conversation are the limitations of the law, faith that saves, gratuitous forgiveness and the living, and the present tense power of the gospel.

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Commentary on Romans by Melanchthon, Philip, 1497-1560 https://archive.org/det...

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Life Isn’t Fair, and The World Is Mean.

In this episode, we discuss Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac while reading Kierkegaard’s commentary and comparing it to Martin Luther and Rene Girard’s comments. It’s a meta-meta episode, and one of us confuses Kierkegaard’s biography with that of Nietzsche for much of the episode. 

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Fear and Trembling - https://www.gutenberg.org/files/6033...

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We Can Be Heroes… In this episode, we discuss death and resurrection, hierarchy and authority, corporatism, Christian nationalism, self-sacrificial love, building a body without Christ as its head, the symbolism of salvation without the Lamb, pop culture tropes, the hero's journey, and teaching Christians not to doubt their salvation.

 

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Francis Schaeffer - True Spirituality h...

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Watching The World Go Down in History.

In this episode of Banned Books, we read "False Presence of the Kingdom" by Jacques Ellul and discuss worldly Christianity, the lessons of history, the Machine, focusing on heavenly things to answer earthly questions, seeking the origin of things, and the dangers of being trapped in the present.

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Jacques Ellul - False Presence of the King...

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It’s Hip to Be Square.

In this episode, we discuss the errors of high anthropology, the kingdom of God, theology of glory, theology of the world, realized eschatology, adding “isms” to Christianity, the necessity of the embodied Word of God, John’s gospel, Colossians, and real antinomianism while reading False Presence of the Kingdom by Jacques Ellul.

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Jacques Ellul - False Pr...

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This Too Shall Pass.

In this episode, we discuss temporary and eternal things, transfiguration, cosmic events, dancing on the liminal edge, mammon, profiteering, earthly vocations, the Trinity, and the music of the spheres.

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Bede bio https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede

Homilies on the Gospels: Book One - Advent to Lent (Volume 110) - Homily 1.24 on Matthew 16:27-17:9 https://am...

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Dear Prudence.

In this episode, we focus our discussion on prudence, temperance, and modesty regarding church, marriage, public discourse, and social media while reading Gregory of Nazianzus’ letters to Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa about their doctrine of the Holy Spirit and Basil's later death.

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Gregory of Nazianzus Bio https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_of_Nazianz...

Get Down, Manna. In this episode, we discuss manna, the incarnation, liturgy, Christian life, materialism, techno-authoritarianism, modern feminism, divine election, hierarchy and authority, unity in multiplicity, and the power of God’s Word, all while reading The Life of Moses by St. Gregory of Nyssa.

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Gregory of Nyssa - THE LIFE OF MOSES http://www.newhumanityinstitute.org/...

Break on Through (To The Other Side).

In this episode, we discuss creation, the eating of forbidden fruit, cosmology, the meaning of things, Jesus clearing the way for us to enter back into paradise, and how the Bible ends up changing culture by translating God’s Word into the vernacular while reading The Hexameron of Basil the Great as preached by Aelfric.

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HEXAMERON OF ST. B...

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Who Stole The Soul?

In this episode, we finish our discussion of Luther’s commentary on Habakkuk, talking about history, what happens when the Word walks amongst us, what a blessing is, earthly matters of vocation and calling, and churches as islands of salvation.

SHOW NOTES: 

Luther's Works, Vol. 19: Lectures on the Minor Prophets II https://amzn.to/3UfWe80 Read more

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Love Will Keep Us Together.

In this episode, we discuss the Song of Habakkuk, Martin Luther’s commentary on the song, Jesus as the foundation of reality, why mirrors are dangerous, trans-humanism, pop culture, church architecture, consumerism, why liturgy is an expression of the truth, how the Holy Spirit covers all things in meaning, and how the sacrament anchors earth to heaven.

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Day Trippin’.

In this episode, we talk about Easter, altars, cosmic mountains, church history, open fonts, restored virtue, saints, angels, powers of darkness, idols, icons, images, searching for the truth, and how Jesus is the archetype of all archetypes, and in between we read Luther on the Old Testament by Heinrich Bornkamm.

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Luther and the Old Testament https://amzn.to/3xp...

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March 30, 2024 122 mins

Passion.

In this episode, we read Irenaeus on Christ’s passion and discuss Holy Week, the consequences of following Christ, what happens when things lack clear definition, and the consequences for the Church.

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Proof of the Apostolic Preaching by Irenaeus, Saint, Bishop of Lyon https://archive.org/details/proofofapostolic0001iren/page/90/mode/2up

Disenchantment (Weber) https:/...

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Just My Imagination.

In this episode, we read Eugene Peterson’s book, Under the Unpredictable Plant, and discuss theological imagination at length. What are the consequences when the church takes its cues from a culture with no imagination? Can Christians tell biblical stories without a theological imagination? What happens when the earthly and heavenly are divided by a lack of imagination into merely rationalized explanations?

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Plug In, Baby.

In this episode, we read St. Ambrose’s work, On the Mysteries, enjoying his exegesis and defense of the body and blood of Jesus. We also discuss recognizing patterns in the Bible, testing the spirits who want to separate out the heavenly from the earthly, and the importance of symbol and meaning for Christian comfort. 

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Let’s Get Weird.

This episode discusses Cyril of Jerusalem’s mystagogical catechesis, especially the Lord’s Supper. We converse about the biblical patterns of the sacraments, anointing, and the higher truth about Jesus as bread from heaven.

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Cyril - Catechetical Lectures https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3101.htm

 

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Everybody’s Working for the Weekend.

In this episode, we continue our Lenten tradition of reading Luther’s Galatians commentary in March, discussing past and present idolatry and why we keep falling for the same sales pitches from the same gods.

SHOW NOTES: 

Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535) https://shop.1517.org/products/martin-luthers-commentary-o...

February 24, 2024 140 mins

Hey, You Guys! In this episode, we discuss the dominant spirit of our age, acedia, by reading and discussing St. John Cassian’s exposition of acedia in The Institutes.

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The Spirit of Acedia From the Institutes of John Cassian https://www.pathsoflove.com/acedia/cassian-acedia.html#10.1 

John Cassian bio https://orthodoxwiki.org/John_C...

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There’s Power in the Blood. In this episode, we read a homily on John’s Gospel, the power of Christ’s blood, and a whole lot of symbolism in John Chrysostom’s exegesis.

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St. John Chrysostom HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN https://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/03d/0345-0407,_Iohannes_Chrysostomus,_Homilies_on_The_Gospel_Of_John,_EN.pd

Absurdity of Moralistic Platitudes https:/...

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Sure Shot.

In this episode of Banned Books, we read Rod Rosenbladt’s essay, Christ Died for the Sins of Christians Too. We talk about theological mentors, the Reformation, law and Gospel, justification, sanctification, the Church, and where we find our comfort at all times, in all places.

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Christ Died for the Sins of Christians Too https://www.modernreformation.org/resources/...

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