to Dr Barry Whitney's Podcast
Resources: See Dr. Whitney's YouTube channel: "THINKING ABOUT GOD with Dr. BARRY WHITNEY"
GOD and EVIL Series: Reconciling Belief in God with Human
Suffering, Injustice, and Evil. The podcasts in this series
will examine the major issues involved in the theological,
philosophical and personal dimensions of the issue. Other
resources include Dr Whitney's God and Evil Course Notes
and the Theodicy and Web Publication pages on this website.
The problem of evil is by far the most important of theological
issues since it is the main challenge to belief in a God
of power and love and justice. This issue has been the
specific focus of Dr Whitney's research and writing for
over 35 years. He has published the definitive book, Theodicy:
An Annotated Bibliography on the Problem of God and Evil,
entries on "Evil" and "Theodicy" in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2002), the popular book, What Are They Saying About God and Evil? (1989), Evil and the Process God (1985), and many journal articles, book chapters, and reviews on this issue. For testimonials to Dr Whitney's work check the Testimonials page.
JUSTIFYING RELIGIOUS BELIEFS Series: Studies in Christian
Theology: The Justification of Religious Beliefs seeks
a religious faith which is reasonable, a "Reasonable Faith" which avoids the extreme positions of mere "faithism" (blind faith, without any attempt to justify beliefs) and the likewise unrealistic demand for conclusive scientific proof for Christian beliefs and doctrines. Apologetics gives reasons and evidences for religious beliefs like the Divinity of Jesus, His resurrection, miracles, and the Bible's Trustworthiness. Apologetics also presents arguments for God's existence and answers the criticisms of those who reject belief in God and other Christian beliefs. Dr Whitney's Class Notes on the course "Justifying Religious Beliefs" provides a basic resource which provides some of the background for the Apologetic podcasts. See also the Apologetics pages on this web site and Dr Whitney's recent chapter on Faith in The Big Argument (2006).
CULTURAL WARFARE Series I: Christianity and New Age Spiritualities
Series: Western Culture is engaged in cultural warfare
between Christianity and Alternative (New Age) Spiritualities,
religions, cults, counterfeit Christianities, and revival
of metaphysical cults like New Thought, Scientology, Theosophy,
Science of Mind, etc., all of which have infiltrated western
culture. The basic premises of these alternatives to Christianity
oppose every basic Christian tenet and belief, from God,
humanity, sin, salvation, ethics, absolutes, etc. New Age
spirituality has influenced Health Care techniques and
philosophy, post modern, mystical science, ethics, the
meaning of human history, life after death, and even Christianity
itself as evidenced in Word of Faith, Mind and Faith Visualization,
The Prosperity Gospel, and other Christian deviations.
The podcasts will discuss these issues. Other resource
include the Class Notes for Dr Whitney's "Religion and Culture" and "Belief in God in Contemporary Culture " courses. "God and Atheism" and "Religion and Culture." His chapter on "scientism" (the belief that science alone is the source of truth) is found in The Big Argument (2006), and his chapter on the irony of Atheism is found in the book, God, Literature and Process Thought. The podcast series will summarize the arguments therein. Dozens of valuable on-line references are found in the Class Notes on Naturalism, Atheism, Scientism, and Secular Humanism.
CULTURAL WARFARE Series II: Christianity and Secular Culture
Series: Western Christian Culture is in cultural warfare
not only with Alternative (New Age) Spiritualities, but
with the skeptical atheism of Secular Humanism. The educational
system, including higher learning, is dominated by secular
humanism presuppositions in all of the social and physical
sciences, and in the Humanities as well. Religious beliefs
are largely ignored at best and ridiculed at worse, in
academia. The podcasts will discuss this situation. Background
resources can be found in the Class Notes for Dr Whitney's
courses on "God and Atheism" and "Religion and Culture."His chapter on "scientism" (the belief that science alone is the source of truth) is found in The Big Argument (2006), and his chapter on the irony of Atheism is found in the book, God, Literature and Process Thought. The podcast series will summarize the arguments therein. Dozens of valuable on-line references are found in the Class Notes on Naturalism, Atheism, Scientism, and Secular Humanism.
BASIC CHRISTIANITY Series: Beliefs and Controversies:
This podcast series offers studies in basic Christian beliefs:
God, Christ, Salvation, Redemption, the Trinity, Life After
Death, etc. The series also considers areas of controversy
among Christians: the free will--divine predestination
question, for example, and the issue of Christianity and
Other Religions, etc.
BIBLE REFLECTIONS Series: This series
discusses basic Christian beliefs -- God, Christ, Salvation,
Redemption, The Trinity, Life After Death, Sin, etc. The
series also considers areas of controversy in Christianity
-- the free will/divine predestination debate, Christianity
and Other Religions, etc. Finally, the series intersects
with the Bible Studies series-- for example, "The Continuing Relevance of The Book of Job," for example, and "The Meaningfulness of Life: Book of Ecclesiastes," etc.
Dr. Whitney's Web Publications page has downloadable essays
on Job and Ecclesiastes which will be revised to function
as transcripts of the podcasts on these topics. Other transcripts
for the podcasts in all of the series will be provided,
as time permits.