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Reformed Thomism(??) w/James White

by James White and Ryan Eras

November 30, 2022

Ezra Institute Fellow Dr. James White joins us this week to talk about the Protestant fascination with Aquinas, and the path that leads from Thomism to Roman Catholicism. Dr. White explains some of the reasons why Protestants are induced to follow Thomas, the fundamental issue of authority that is at stake, and what Thomas would have thought of the current Pope.

 

A Distinctly Christian View of Healing

by Joe Boot

November 23, 2022

Joe Boot addresses the realm of medicine and healing, and demonstrates how much of the contemporary thinking surrounding medicine has been reduced to mere biology. In contrast, the Christian should think of health in terms of wholeness – both wholeness of the created reality, and wholeness in the sense of health.

 

Providence, History, and Being

by Joe Boot and Ryan Eras

November 16, 2022

In this episode Joe Boot discusses the thought of Thomas Aquinas as it relates to the Christian understanding of history. To speak of history is inescapably to speak about God’s relation to and activity within His creation.

 

Thomism and Natural Law

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

November 9, 2022

This week in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, we examine the idea of natural law, and conclude that, as articulated by Aquinas, it is an idea that gives unwarranted scope to human reason, and effectively makes God equal with His law. In contrast, Scripture teaches that God is the source of all definition, and that human law must be positivized in an historical context.

 

Aquinas and the State

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

November 2, 2022

We could have also titled this episode How the Reformation delivered us from ecclesiocracy. Here we discuss Aquinas’ political philosophy, the problem with his adoption of Aristotle’s teaching that man is a political animal, and the need for an utterly transcendent authority.

 

Aquinas and the Nature/Grace Divide

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

October 26, 2022

There is a common assumption in Christianity that at the fall, man lost a supernatural gift of grace, but retained his natural faculties intact and unscathed – including the faculty of reason. In this episode, Joe Boot explains that the biblical distinction is not nature and grace, but wrath and grace: those who belong to Christ and those who war against Him.

 

Canada’s Gay Federal Action Plan, w/ Andre Schutten

by Andre Schutten and Ryan Eras

October 19, 2022

Ezra Institute Fellow Andre Schutten talks about Canada’s newest Federal Action Plan to spend $100 million to advance a postmodern, secular worldview in the area of sexuality. He reinforces how Christians must stand firm on God’s eternal Word and not be taken captive to contemporary godless rhetoric and talking points like ‘love is love.’

 

Aquinas and Aristotle

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

October 12, 2022

As we continue this short series on Thomas Aquinas, it’s important to consider his dominant influences; chief among these is the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. This episode considers Aristotle’s contributions to the field of philosophy, and dwells on his ideas about the nature of man.

 

The Irony of Aquinas

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

October 5, 2022

We have new music and a new theme as we get rolling in Season 6. In this episode we begin a short series on the life, thought, and influence of Thomas Aquinas, the medieval scholastic philosopher and theologian, introducing his person and major works, and considering why there seems to be a recent revival of…

 

Leadership, Covid Mandates, and Religious Wars

by Aaron Rock and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

September 28, 2022

Aaron Rock joins the podcast this week to discuss the scheduled expiry of Canadian border restrictions and the ArriveCan app. We also discuss Canada’s latest Federal Action Plan to advance LGBTQ rights, and the inescapability of religious commitments.

 

Monarchy and our Christian Heritage

by Joe Boot and Ryan Eras

September 21, 2022

In this episode Joe Boot reflects on the funeral ceremonies of Queen Elizabeth II, the historic role of the English monarch as “Defender of the Faith,” and the error of contemporary Two Kingdoms thinking.

 

Remembering Queen Elizabeth, and the Biblical Role of the Monarch

by Joe Boot and Ryan Eras

September 14, 2022

In this episode we reflect on the legacy of Elizabeth II, the role she played in influencing culture, and the Christian virtue she exhibited as a monarch who was self-consciously under the authority of God. Scripture has much to say about thrones and kingdoms, and Joe Boot discusses some of the major passages for how a king is to rule.