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Demystifying theological jargon, one ism at a time. Join Dr. Aaron Chidgzey as he takes all the long and difficult words in Christian theology and weird moments in church history, and breaks them down, making them as simple and understandable as possible. And hopefully have some fun along the way!
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Figure Isms is a podcast dedicated to talking to creatives who utilize nudity as an artistic expression. The purpose is to understand, to a greater degree, their work and why they find this subject matter meaningful.
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This is a student-run podcast about social justice issues, created as part of a high school class project. Episodes will explore topics surrounding racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, religious intolerance, ableism, classism and more. Opinions expressed in the podcast are those of the individual hosts and may change or deepen as they gain more knowledge and understanding of these topics.
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Were you destined to listen to this episode? Were you chosen to be saved? Are you even capable at all of responding to God's grace in any way other than negatively? Listen to this episode to find out! This episode on Calvinism is all about John Calvin's theology, but predestination in particular - even though Calvin may not actually have been a Cal…
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The Reformation has begun and is showing no signs of slowing. Luther opened Pandora's Box and the world will never be the same again. This episode continues the dramatic story of the people who challenged the church's dogmatism in order to install their own sort of dogmatism. Hooray! Let's explore the lives of Melancthon, Zwingli, and Calvin (and a…
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16th century Germany was an era of radical change and disruption. Many before had attempted to reform the church, but none were successful. Until a monk named Martin Luther came along and developed new ideas about Scripture, the clergy, the sacraments, and justification, among many other things. With the help of the late medieval's equivalent to th…
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The ancient Hellenistic philosophical system known as Stoicism is a profoundly practical and helpful way of doing life. I don't necessarily say that all of Stoicism is to be uncritically adopted, but it is, generally - I believe - perfectly compatible with Christianity. Indeed, it inspired much of the teachings of Christianity. This episode explore…
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"For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures and that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures." So wrote Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 15.3-4), passing on to the others the traditions a…
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Who killed Jesus? Probably depends on who you ask... BUT it was almost certainly this man, the governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, who had Jesus executed. But who was he? Why was he in Judea? Why do the gospels present this man as kind of a weak, pathetic coward? Is that an accurate portrayal? Listen in to this episode to hear my thoughts!…
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What does it mean to call Jesus Immanuel? Why does the carol call him the incarnate Deity? What does the word 'Incarnation' even mean? The incarnation is the central promise of Christmas, that God became human, embraced humanity, to serve humanity. This episode explores some of the implications of such a claim. Full shownotes available: https://akc…
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Why is Christmas celebrated on the 25th of December? The New Testament doesn't give us any clues about when Jesus was born, so why was this particular day chosen? This episode explores various theories - that Jesus was conceived on the 25th of March, that Constantine aligned the birth of Jesus with the celebration of Sol Invictus or Mithras, and mo…
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Magi from the east followed a star to pay homage to Jesus in Bethlehem. They gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Sometimes known as 'Wise Men' or 'Kings', these enigmatic characters are iconic in the narrative of Jesus' birth. But who were they? How many were there? How - and why - did they follow a star? What was up with those gifts? …
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Merry Christmas! It's that magical time of year and all I want for Christmas is...theology. Starting with this episode on Advent, we're exploring four different themes related to Christmas to get you in that festive mood. We begin by examining that four week (or is it 40 day) period leading up to Christmas marked by wreaths and calendars and carols…
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Does the Bible contain errors? Can it contain errors? Or is it entirely infallible or inerrant? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? What does it really mean to say that the Bible is inspired? Is it authoritative or normative for Christian theology? Listen to this episode on infallibilism to learn more! Shownotes available: https://akchidgzey.com/…
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1930's Germany was a scary place. For everyone, but especially those with Jewish ancestry. Unfortunately, most German churches capitulated to Nazi ideology as Hitler installed a Reich Bishop and implemented the Aryan Paragraph. Some stood up to what was perceived as anti-Christian church practice, and paid the ultimate price for their bravery. One …
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Following the disastrous People's Crusade, led by Peter the Hermit, the great armies of Europe converged upon the ancient eastern capitol of Constantinople, full of pious energy and hopeful devotion. They got off to a good start, but it very quickly devolved into a mess of debauchery, cannibalism, and violence. Will they make it to Jerusalem? Full …
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The 11th century witnessed one of the most infamous events in human history: the first crusade. Not that they knew it would be the first crusade at that point. In this episode, we'll explore the political, cultural, theological climate that led to the call to crusade, and we'll meet our first crusader: Peter the Hermit. Full shownotes available: ht…
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Feminist theology and biblical scholarship is looking at questions about God and reading Scripture through the lens of a woman's perspective, particularly with an eye toward the historic and still ongoing oppression, suppression, and even abuse, of women. These perspectives and theological contributions that come as a result are significant, import…
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Egalitarianism is the idea that roles within church, marriage, society are not dictated by gender. I.e. women can be pastors too. As well as all the other things. This episode makes a case for Egalitarianism, challenging the interpretations of certain verses that are usually used to support Complementarianism. Full shownotes available: https://akch…
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What "role" does a woman have in society? In churches? In families? Should they stay home and manage the household, or can they take on positions of leadership and authority? Can they preach and be pastors? Complementarianism posits that men and women have different roles, determined by gender that function in a complementary fashion to display the…
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John Wesley was a man of methodical discipline, who sought purity and holiness, wanted the best for the world and his fellow humans. He travelled far and preached regularly, fought for abolitionism, and debated vigorously over major theological concerns. He was a fascinating character who founded Methodism and from who we can learn a lot. Shownotes…
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In this fourth and final episode on the English Reformation, there is blood, there is war, and there is much theological debate. Mary is queen and her reign is...intense. But Elizabeth followed and brings the change that would shape the church in the English speaking world. Shownotes available: https://akchidgzey.com/2023/09/26/24-the-english-refor…
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Henry VIII is dead. His tumultuous reign has come to an end. Now what? This episode follows the (short) reign of Edward Tudor and the (even shorter) reign of Lady Jane Grey, as well as checking on what Mary and Elizabeth have been up to. Full shownotes available: https://akchidgzey.com/2023/09/19/23-the-english-reformation-the-tudor-teens/…
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In Revelation 13, the Beast appears from the sea, whose number is 666. The beast is sometimes interpreted as the Antichrist, sometimes NWO, and sometimes the Pope. But who, are what, is he really? Why did the author of Revelation include this seven headed monster, and why does the Beast sound suspiciously like Emperor Nero... Full shownotes availab…
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Revelation 20 includes one of the mostly hotly debated and esoteric passages of the whole Bible, talking about a thousand year reign where Satan is locked away and Jesus reigns as king. What does this mean? Is something to happen in the future? In the past? Or it it happening now? Full shownotes available: https://akchidgzey.com/2023/09/05/21-revel…
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Apocalyptic literature is filled with wild, esoteric imagery, but is generally coded critiques of imperial power and presentations of an alternative reality where God is the true king. Understanding this genre is important for understanding key biblical texts, not least the Book of Revelation. Full shownotes available: https://akchidgzey.com/2023/0…
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Sacramentalism refers to the practice of partaking in the sacred acts of the Christian community, particularly baptism and the eucharist (or communion or the Lord's Supper). But it is far more than simply eating and taking a bath. It is about engaging in and celebrating the mystery of God's interaction with the world. Full shownotes available: http…
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The early centuries of Christianity saw rise to various expressions of the Jesus movement as they wrestled to formulate orthodoxy. Some of these expressions were declared heretical at various councils. The Council of Chalcedon in 451 was one such council, addressing a variety of issues, the chief being a movement known as monophysitism, i.e. the be…
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Following the controversy surrounding Arianism, a number of new heresies sprang up around the place. One of them was Nestorianism, which would precipitate the Council of Ephesus and would then be one of the several heresies addressed at the Council of Chalcedon. Nestorius struggled to reconcile the claim that the two natures of Christ's divinity an…
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Arianism was one of the early Christological heresies that occupied a great deal of time and energy in the fourth century. Arius insisted that Jesus was a created being and thus not divine. It was declared a heresy at the Council of Nicea, but it didn't go anywhere. In fact, it only became more popular. Full shownotes available: https://akchidgzey.…
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In 1 Corinthians, Paul is describing the resurrection body - of Jesus' and of our own - and he quite definitively states that it is a 'body'. And yet in verse 50 he states "Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God." So what does that mean in light of what he was saying about a resurrected body? Is that body immaterial or ethereal or 'spiri…
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The English Reformation is a maelstrom of narcissism and religion and tempestuousness and larger-than-life characters. It's a wild ride. This episode covers the beginnings of the English Reformation, from the early groundswell through Henry's desire for a divorce, to all out anti-Pope behaviour and greed. Full show notes available here: https://akc…
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Hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure. Pleasure is the highest good. If it feels good, than it's the right thing to do. How does this fit within a Christian worldview? In this episode, we'll discuss hedonism from various approaches. Pleasure is good, but excess is bad. The moral choice is sometimes accompanied by pleasure, but sometimes it is not; it…
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Theodicy refers to the problem of pain and suffering. How could a good God allow evil? This episode of the Isms & Schisms Podcast doesn't necessarily seek to answer this question, at least not in some neat, satisfying package, but does propose a possibility, one that is rooted in the act of creation itself. Show notes available on the Isms & Schism…
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The study of the impact of colonialism and looking at things through the lens of the colonised. Christianity has, unfortunately, had a hand in this imperialistic colonialism and has a role to play in make reparations. Show notes available on the Isms & Schisms website: https://akchidgzey.com/2023/05/30/7-postcolonialism/…
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“…I feel like the reason why it’s really taken off for me is, because the people that used to shame me about this are out of my life.” I talk with The Inertia Creeps about being raised by her immigrant mother and grandparents, physics, how she has come to love modeling, her photography, and more. Click the links below to listen in! Selected Links f…
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I talk with Lobbiaz about the existence of God, trolling, the lingerie concept store Les Rituelles he runs with his wife, his photography, how money changes relationships and more. This is a particularly philosophical discussion so buckle up for a heavy conversation. Click the links below to follow along on the platform of your choice! Stay tuned f…
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