The Faith Angle
By Jonathan Merritt, Kirsten Powers
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What does it mean to live as a person of faith in this crazy moment in American history? That’s the question behind The Faith Angle, a provocative podcast from journalists Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt. From bathroom bills to conservative Christian cake bakers to Pope Francis’ impact, the duo will explore the issues that matter to people of faith. Each episode features an explainer on this issue, discussion of relevant headlines, and a lively interview with a thought leader. Think of it as ‘a survival guide for the faithful in Trump’s America.”
||CleanEvangelicals Should Not Support Donald Trump w/David French||One of the highest-profile #nevertrump evangelicals David French joins The Faith Angle podcast to discuss the unholy alliance evangelicals have made with Donald Trump.Listen||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Asked, We Answered||Kirsten and Jonathan answer questions from Faith Angle listeners from why Arizona is Kirsten’s second favorite state to what the duo thinks of religious liberty laws.Listen||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy We Should Keep Talking About Race with Austin Channing Brown||The difficulties of honestly discussing race are many, but the effort is still worth it. In this episode, author and activist Austin Channing Brown talks about her experiences of helping religious organizations become more inclusive and shares why she h||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Happens When We Talk Honestly About Race||After his New York Times column Dear White People went viral, professor George Yancy discovered firsthand how conversations on racism are often not well received. Here Kirsten and Jonathan explore how honest conversations about race are often fraught||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvangelicalism: Should You Stay or Should You Go?||Kirsten and Jonathan interview Christopher Stroop, one of the leaders of the exvangelical movement who started the popular #emptythepews hashtag, and Lisa Sharon Harper, an author and activist who is still holding onto the evangelical label despite the||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoes Christianity Have a Masculinity Problem?||The duo interviews Owen Strachan, an author and leading voice among Christians who believe men have been ordained by God to lead in the home and church.Listen||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCalling a Truce in the War Between Religion and Science||The duo talks to “Science Mike,” author of Finding God in the Waves, about how science can actually enhance and enrich your faith.Listen||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNurturing Gratitude in a Time of Political Polarization and Rancor||This week, The New Yorker claimed that people in the Big Apple are creeped out by Chick-fil-A’s Christian values. Kirsten and Jonathan discuss whether this news narrative is true and, more importantly, problematic.Listen||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFive Years of Francis: Has the Pope Changed the Faith for Better or Worse?||It’s been five years since Pope Francis election, so Kirsten and Jonathan discuss his influence—from his personal life to his most controversial comments. Listen||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Do Pro-Lifers’ Views Place Their Jobs at Risk?||Kirsten and Jonathan discuss The Atlantic’s recent firing of pro-life columnist Kevin Williamson who said women who have abortions should be hanged. Listen||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristians, Guns and the Mass Shooting Epidemic||Kirsten and Jonathan talk with activist, historian and hip-hop artist Propaganda to get his views on the gun debate in America, including the ways that gun issues are also race issues.Listen||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHoly Misogyny! The Truth About Sexism in the Church||This week, Kirsten and Jonathan discuss another difficult topic: misogyny and sexism in the Church. The duo also speaks with New York Times best-selling author Rachel Held Evans about whether the Bible prescribes a hierarchy among the genders and how sh||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrumpvangelicals and the Divided States of America||The wait is over. In the inaugural episode of The Faith Angle podcast, Kirsten and Jonathan share how they met and why they believe this kind of conversation is needed now more than ever. They discuss why America is so divided right now—including a ne||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Faith Angle – Trailer||What does it mean to live as a person of faith in this crazy moment in American history? That’s the question behind The Faith Angle, a provocative podcast from journalists…Listen||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
So refreshing in today’s political climate
In a world of propaganda, this podcast stands out for its honesty and balance. You get to hear educated tales from all sides, and there is always a spirit of respect and kindness in every episode. Well done Kirsten and Jonathan! Can’t wait for the next season!
Some sanity in a crazy world.
ok at best
Both of these commentators claim to hold to Biblical Christianity, but after listening to a few episodes they seem to be much more adherent to their progressive ideoligies than to their religious beliefs. They admit at certain points ignorance on basic Christian tenents, so you have to give them grace in that they are on a faith journey just like we all are. But, if they are on a journey of faith I don't hear the humble realization of that fact in either of them. The hosts don't really disagree with each other on much so it is kind of an echo chamber. Then when they have a guest on like Eric Metaxas they don't really ask too hard hitting of questions of until he is gone, then they ask people like David French to comment on Metaxas' views when he isn't there to defend himself. The vast majority of the guests agree with the host and the general discussion revolves around being grossed out by Trump and how they can't figure out how anyone could be a Trump supporter. That topic is ruminated on over and over amongst many elitist scoffing type comments.
The big benefit is they do have meaningful discourse. No yelling and I do get the sense that they want their guests to have time to explain their views. But, the scent of liberal/progressive disgust with conservatives lingers over the whole podcast. I get weary of scoffing at conservatives from their "educated" points of view. I don't think I learned anything new from the hours I listened to besides the fact that I don't like listening to this liberal "echo chamber" recirculate all major liberal talking points under the guise of marginally understood Christianity.
If they start interviewing people they mostly disagree with, and asking them substantive questions, I may revisit this podcast. Instead of "science Mike" they should interview Douglas Axe or Stephen Ross. Instead of David French as a conservative voice, get Sen. Ben Sass.