Continuing our look at Greg Sheridan 'Christians - the Urgent Case for Jesus'. The chapter - Light and Shadow in the Heart of Leaders - looks at the influence of Christianity on politics. We look at the influence of Jacques Maritain – a Christian French philosopher – on the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations. The role of Christianity in democracy. Are there Christian political positions? How do we care for the poor? Kim Beazley, Tony Blair. The large number of Australian religious politicians. We discuss the faith of Scott Morrison – Prime Minister. John Anderson – National party leader Bill Hayden, Labor – former atheist . Peter Cosgrove, former governer general.
In this podcast Greg Sheridan and I discuss the impact of Christianity upon China. As foreign editor of the Australian, who was at one time based in China, his insights are knowledgeable and helpful. We discuss Chinese culture, religion, politics etc - and the extraordinary growth of the Church in that amazing country - and its relationship with the Communist Party - including the Vatican deal with the CCP.
In this episode with Greg Sheridan we look at chapter 8 of Greg's "Christians - the Urgent Case for Jesus in our World"; Christopher Hitchens and Mother Teresa, Christianity and the poor; the role of Women; Gemma Sisia and St Jude; Andrew Browning and Tanzania; Jenny George and Converge International; Frances Cantrell and the general role of Christian charities throughout the world.
This week we discuss music, the Beatles, John Denver, Van Morrison; James Kelman; Martin Luther King; Leonard Cohen; Art Galleries; The Tate Modern; the Letters of Tolkien; Marilyn Robinson; Gilead, Lila and Home; Frank Shead; the desacralisation of popular culture; Heaven and Hell; CS Lewis; Inspector Morse; Religion and Politics; The Handmaids Tale; African Gospel Music; Riverdale;
The ASK Podcast 13 - Christ and Culture - including literature and the Lord of the Rings - with Greg Sheridan
Greg Sheridan and David discuss some aspects of Christ in popular culture - including portrayals of Catholics, Malik's 'a Hidden Life', Graham Green, Evelyn Waugh; Why is it easier to portray evil? A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood; and a lengthier discussion of Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Plus the worst movie Greg has ever seen!
This week Greg and I discuss the role of Christ and Christianity in popular culture. We look at specific examples as well as the general idea. Gilead - 'the greatest Christian novel of the 20th Century); Graham Greene; Willa Cather 'Death Comes to the Archbishop'; Bach; Terence Malik; Ross Douhart; How Green was my Valley; Leonard Cohen; It's a Wonderful Life; Noah's Ark and Russel Crowe; Tolkien biopic; Jane the Virgin; The Chosen; It's a Beautiful day in the Neighbourhood; the dullness of progressive ideology in the arts; why culture needs Christianity. If you get half as much enjoyment and stimulation out of this,as I did - then you will be blessed.
Jack Hanrahan-Shirley is a young history student from Sydney. His story is fascinating and moving. We discuss the difficult circumstances of his birth, his Christianity, how the church treats disabled people, his love of history and Sydney Anglicanism.
This is a discussion that Greg Sheridan and I had outside Sydney cathedral - his voice is a wee bit quiet so you may need to turn it up - or just watch it on the YouTube channel...!
This weeks ASK podcast is part two of our interview with Gerald Bray. In his 'History of Christianity in Britain and Ireland' there is a section entitled 'The Rivers of Babylon' which looks at the church since 1980 - and it's future.
We discuss conversion therapy, SSM, transgenderism, the future threats to the church; false optimism; gospel solutions; the impact of covid; crusade evangelism; Thatcherism and the advance of secularism; Trump; the church and politics; the decline of Sunday as the Lord's Day; the lack of leadership in the church....