ApologiaAuthor: Zachary Moore
16 Aug 2018


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Apologia is a friendly roundtable discussion that seeks common understanding between theists and nontheists.

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    Scriptorium: Rebekah Valerius, "Orthodoxy"

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a literary figure and theological influence on many British Christians in the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as a figure of continuing influence in the 21st century evangelical Christian Church. Although I’ve read Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy” in the past both as a Christian and as an apostate, I wanted to sit down and chat about him with a true fan, previous interview subject Rebekah Valerius. Rebekah is a figure with her own growing influence in the Christian apologetics community, co-hosting an apologetics podcast as well as posting regularly at her blog, “Along the Beam.” During this discussion, we talk about the influence that Chesterton had on the modern Church, as well as where we both might find some helpful insights from the man George Bernard Shaw once called, “a man of colossal genius.”


  • Posted on 01 Jun 2018

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    Scriptorium: Lee Valerius, "The Last Temptation of Christ"

    Lee Valerius is a lay Christian and ardent supporter of the Dallas/Fort Worth apologetics community. In this discussion, we talk about Nikos Kazantzakis’ book, “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and the challenges that it presents to orthodox Christians. From what I’ve come to understand and appreciate about Lee, I was eager to find out what he might think about such a controversial book. Listen along as we chat about the nature of Christ and the ways in which this is interpreted by the author of “The Last Temptation of Christ.”


  • Posted on 01 Apr 2018

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    Scriptorium: Alix Jules, "The New Jim Crow"

    Alix Jules is an activist and writer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Freethought Dallas, President of Black Non-Believers of Dallas, as well as a national speaker on issues of intersectionality between race, religion, and gender. In this discussion, Alix and I talk about “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, which methodically lays out the case that the kind of sub-caste intended by the architects of Jim Crow laws in the American South (carrying on the legacy of African slavery throughout the Americas) can be found today in the racial biases employed by law enforcement, political leaders, and public policy that brought about the War on Drugs as a proxy to target and diminish the cultural power of Black Americans.


  • Posted on 02 Feb 2018

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    Inquisition: Shunda Lee

    Shunda Lee was raised in a family that instilled in her a strong sense of Christian identity and morality, though not specifically following any particular denomination. But upon reaching adulthood, Shunda sought to explore the Christian faith in depth, particularly as a result of her sister’s deep dive into fundamentalist Christianity. However, a combination of the limitations of Christian theology, as well as the close relationships that she developed with a variety of non-Christian women, eventually led Shunda down a path to apostasy. Now a practicing criminal defense attorney, Shunda and I discuss her unique perspective on the Christian Church in America, as well as the growing organized Humanist community in which she’s been occasionally involved.

  • Posted on 01 Nov 2017

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    Scriptorium: Trey Grant, "Divided by Faith"

    Trey Grant is Lead Pastor and founder of The Well Church in Keller, Texas, an intentionally multi-racial congregation that seeks to build a diverse community that worships Jesus together as one. I first met Trey after one of his first Sunday morning services, held in a local theater and attended by a small but diverse coterie of Christians. I was immediately entranced by Trey’s vision of a new kind of church for a sleepy corner of Red State Texas, and have sought to encourage him in his efforts to the best of my ability. We’ve shared a few books between us, but Trey recently offered to loan me his copy of “Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America,” by Christian Smith and Michael Emerson. Together, we discussed the troubling racialization of America, the evangelical Church, and our hope for a brighter, more collaborative future for our children.


  • Posted on 15 Oct 2017


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