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Faith and Philosophy Archived podcasts are no longer updated. Reflections on Orthodoxy and Culture

Start date: April 2007 78 episodes

Clark Carlton is the author of The Faith series (The Faith, The Way, The Truth, The Life) published by Regina Orthodox Press. His books have been instrumental in helping many find their way to Orthodoxy. In this podcast, Clark will comment weekly on matters of faith, philosophy and Orthodoxy.

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Feb 03, 2014

Understanding the Modern and Post Modern Mind, Part III

Clark reflects on scientific rationalism.

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Jan 02, 2014

Understanding the Modern and Post-Modern Mind, Part II

Clark further contrasts the modern and premodern ways of thinking about the world and our place within it.

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Jun 17, 2012

Understanding the Modern and Post Modern Mind, Part I

Clark provides a brief overview of modern philosophy and identifies what he considers to be the fundamental philosophical error of modernity.

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Jan 24, 2012

The Naked Public Square, Part Six: Praise the Lord . . . in English

Clark considers how we might go about making a good English translation of the liturgy, as well as what a good English translation should look like.

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Sep 09, 2011

The Marian Necessity

In commemoration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Clark takes a break from his "Naked Public Square" series to offer a few words on Mary's significance today.

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Aug 20, 2011

The Naked Public Square, Part Five: The Marketplace

Clark argues that when it comes to economic problems, so-called progressive political solutions are nothing of the kind.

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Aug 11, 2011

The Naked Public Square, Part Four: Orthodoxy and Progressive Politics

Clark explains that progressivism of any type is a precursor to antichrist.

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Aug 02, 2011

The Naked Public Square, Part Three: The Pro-Life Movement

Clark explains that the contemporary pro-life movement misses the boat entirely as to the real nature of our moral and social decay.

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Jul 04, 2011

The Naked Public Square, Part Two: Orthodoxy and the Academy

Should the faithful be creating Orthodox colleges and universities? Clark shares his thoughts on the place of Orthodox Christianity in the academy.

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Mar 21, 2011

The Naked Public Square, Part One: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Clark begins a series on the place of the American Orthodox Church in the public square by examining the issue of gays in the military.

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Jan 05, 2011

Outside the Church There is No Salvation

Clark explains why being outside the Church leads to destruction rather than salvation.

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Oct 31, 2010

Thoughts on the Episcopal Assembly

Clark Carlton explains that Orthodoxy is a culture, and if it is to be handed down to future generations intact, it must be incarnated in the best cultural materials available.

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Jun 27, 2010

Lessons from the Garden, 2010

Clark reminds us to work with nature in our attempts to eradicate the weeds from our lives.

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May 23, 2010

The Limits of Reason

What is the object of our reason? What do we even mean by reason? Clark answers both questions.

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Feb 20, 2010

Palamism Explained in Twelve Minutes or Less

Clark refutes Palamism and then introduces us to the true theology of St. Gregory Palamas.

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Jan 01, 2010

Glad Tidings for Philosophers

Clark explains how Greek philosophy and Christian theology share the exact same Logos.

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Nov 12, 2009

My Two Cents on Capitalism

Clark debunks two myths about capitalism.

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Oct 05, 2009

Theological Language, Ecumenical Dialogue, and Evangelism: Part III

Clark argues that ecumenical dialogue on matters that we Orthodox have no intention of changing is a fruitless endeavor.

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Sep 14, 2009

Theological Language, Ecumenical Dialogue, and Evangelism: Part II

Clark explains that while all theology begins as narrative, it is fulfilled in doxology.

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Aug 23, 2009

Theological Language, Ecumenical Dialogue, and Evangelism: Part I

Clark explores the term "theologian" and identifies who is and who ain't - but more importantly, why.

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Jul 11, 2009

Every Valley Exalted

Clark shares with us a portion of his forthcoming book. The excerpt is titled Every Valley Exalted: Christianity and Political Messianism.

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May 18, 2009

A Mid-Pentecost Garden Report

Vegetables, plants, weeds, and fasting are on Clark's mind today as he updates us on the progress of his garden.

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May 05, 2009

American Orthodoxy Part II: African Americans and Orthodoxy

How do we draw more African-Americans into the Orthodox Church? The same way we attract everyone else.

Here is a link to the website that Dr. Carlton mentions in this episode: God's Garden

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Apr 12, 2009

Some Thoughts On “American” Orthodoxy

Clark comments on the concept of American Orthodoxy and takes us back to the founding fathers of this country including his own Anglo-Celtic roots.

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Mar 11, 2009

Of Fathers and Gardens

We are responsible for most of the weeds, saplings, and predatory vines in our lives, and the Lenten Spring is the time to clear away the dead foliage.

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Feb 02, 2009

In Praise of Hypocrisy

Is hypocrisy always wrong? Dr. Carlton explains why it is sometimes okay to lead a double life.

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Jan 14, 2009

Valkyrie

Today Clark takes a look at the Tom Cruise movie about the assassination plot against Hitler.

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Dec 23, 2008

Putting Mass Back Into Christmas

The cry against the secularization of Christmas is decades long. But what about the removal of the sacramental nature of this feast and its implications?

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Dec 06, 2008

Liberty and Property - Part 2

In these current economic times, where should Orthodox Christians lay up their treasure? Clark continues his commentary examining property ownership, debt and the local cabinet maker.

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Nov 02, 2008

Liberty and Property - Part 1

Clark says an economic system that is built on debt and consumer spending is not only unworkable in the long run, it is fundamentally immoral. Find out why.

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Oct 06, 2008

When the Fathers Disagree

The title of today's episode begs the question: Do we mine the Scriptures and the Fathers to get information or food?

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Sep 21, 2008

Fasting

Wednesdays and Fridays are fast days for Orthodox Christians. But, why do we observe this and what spiritual benefit is there?

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Sep 02, 2008

The Theotokos and the Church Year

Clark wishes everyone a happy new (Church) year by exploring the importance of the Church cycle and the significance of the Theotokos.

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Aug 15, 2008

Will All Be Saved?

Today Clark tackles another one of the many challenging topics submitted by our listeners: Universalism.

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Aug 05, 2008

Ethnicity, Nationhood, and Immigration

Thanks to everyone who sent in the many wonderful suggestions for topics. Clark is starting to tackle them with this commentary on a difficult and controversial subject.

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Jul 26, 2008

The Suffering Messiah

A recent archaeological discovery is in the news and Clark is more fascinated with the reactions of people than the discovery itself.

Also, Clark is looking for topics and/or questions you would like for him to discuss on future podcasts. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we will pass it along.

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Jun 14, 2008

A Twitch upon the Thread

Clark takes a line from his favorite novel which is a story of God's grace but he's not so sure about the new movie adaptation coming out this summer!

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May 10, 2008

The Meaning of Meaningful

It isn't just our understanding of God or the Christian life that is defined by our participation in the Mysteries; our understanding of creation itself, as well as our place within it, begins in the font and ends up on the table.

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Apr 25, 2008

The Sin of Judas

A lesson learned on sin, repentance, and forgiveness from the sin of Judas.

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Apr 06, 2008

Pride of Place

In this episode, Clark comments on administrative unity from a perspective that you may not have heard before.

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Mar 22, 2008

What is a Bishop?

Dr. Carlton identifies three characteristics that should define a bishop.

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Mar 08, 2008

Individual Delinquencies and Public Business

During the Great Lent, a time of reflection, let us be sure that our reflection is upon our own failings, and not those of our neighbors and family members.

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Feb 23, 2008

Walking and Watching

Dr. Carlton offers a meditation on recent lectionary readings from 1 John and the Gospel of St. Mark, both of which deal with our responsibility as followers of Christ. He encourages us to both walk in humble submission, as Christ did, and live watching for His return.

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Feb 09, 2008

Vocation and Liturgy

So, what do you do for a living? No matter what it is, it can and should be deeply grounded in your Orthodox faith.

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Jan 26, 2008

Why Manners Matter

The importance of the social arts as both a means of passing on culture and as an expression of our life in Christ.

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Jan 16, 2008

Home to Bountiful

Using the movie Trip to Bountiful as a starting point, Clark discusses the concept of place in the Orthodox faith.

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Jan 06, 2008

Global Warming and Christian Stewardship

As Christians, how should we think about the issue of global warming? Dr. Carlton gives us insight into this issue, with lessons from the Divine Liturgy that show us the Orthodox view of the material world.

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Dec 29, 2007

Educating Our Children

In a follow-up to last week's podcast, "Harry Potter and the Golden Compass," Dr. Carlton discusses how children best learn, and how this should guide the ways in which we teach them.

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Dec 15, 2007

Harry Potter… and the Golden Compass

Should we allow our children to read Harry Potter? To see the movie The Golden Compass? Dr. Carlton speaks clearly about how to approach these controversial works.

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Dec 11, 2007

Why Do the Pro-Abortionists So Furiously Rage Together?

Dr. Carlton discusses the feminists' Satanic drive to transcend the limitations of nature by means of abortion, and God's Divine overcoming of the limitations of nature through the purity and faithfulness of the Theotokos.

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Dec 01, 2007

God and Science - Part 3: Science and Demons

Dr. Carlton compares the Orthodox view of demons with that of Hollywood and that of science.

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Nov 20, 2007

The Theotokos: A Thanksgiving Meditation

Today during Thanksgiving week and the feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple, Clark reflects on the Living Temple through which God Himself comes to dwell among His people.

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Nov 10, 2007

God and Science - Part 2: Is Evolution a Fact?

In part 2 on this topic, Clark challenges the presuppostion many scientists have about evolution.

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Nov 06, 2007

God and Science

Science can ask "how" but it cannot ask "why" in the ultimate philisophical sense. Listen as Clark begins an exploration of scientific reason in the light of God and faith.

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Oct 28, 2007

The Christ Haunted South - Part 2

Clark describes the fertile ground in the South for the seeds of Orthodoxy which could come through some unusual music forms. He references the following web site:

http://oldregularbaptist.com/music.html

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Oct 22, 2007

The Christ-Haunted South - Part 1

Clark talks about the Christian culture of the South in part 1 of a short series. (This World is Not My Home short music clip was from the Chuck Wagon Gang)

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Oct 13, 2007

The Politics of Anti-Christ

Clark continues his discussion of right vs. left and helps us understand the nature of the left as measured by the proper definition of Anti-Christ.

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Oct 07, 2007

Where The Religious Right Went Wrong

How do we as Orthodox Christians view the strategies of the so-called "religious right"? Clark explores an alternative approach rooted in our eucharistic Tradition.

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Sep 29, 2007

Who’s Minding the Children?

We want our children to grow up with a Christian, not secular, mindset. So who has the responsibility to make sure that happens?

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Sep 15, 2007

Spiritual Exercises

Clark draws on the Greek philosophers to set the stage for our spiritual disciplines as Orthodox Christians today.

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Sep 08, 2007

The Blame Game

The virtue of humility can be elusive especially when we have been wronged.

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Sep 01, 2007

When Bad Clergy Happens to Good People

How should we react when we read about scandals and disappointments in the Church?

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Aug 25, 2007

The Motive for Mission

Our mission work is directly connected to our prayer lives. It is not about programs and fundraising it is about the state of our own souls.

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Aug 02, 2007

The Tragedy of Dogma

No one wakes up and decides to become a heretic. It happens gradually.

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Jul 19, 2007

Theology as a Way of Life

What is your "systematic theology"? What can we learn from the Fathers about how we structure our theological premises?

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Jul 13, 2007

3 Cheers for Pope Benedict

In this episode, Clark helps us understand the differences in ecclesiology between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

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Jul 05, 2007

God and Country

America just celebrated its independence with parades, fireworks, and picnics. So, what attitudes should the Orthodox Christian have toward patriotism?

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Jun 29, 2007

Art and the Formation of Orthodox Culture

What is the function of art and music in our Orthodox worship? How does it differ from Western Christianity? Learn more as you listen to Clark's next installment.

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Jun 23, 2007

Is the Liturgy Anti-Semitic?

What are we to make of the liturgical references to the Jews in our services?

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Jun 14, 2007

Memory Eternal: Praying for the Dead

Their fate is sealed, right? What do we really know about the eternal state of the souls of those who have gone before us?

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Jun 08, 2007

He Shall Come Again in Glory

What is the "Last Judgment"? And what about those still in the graves? Clark gives helpful instruction on the Orthodox view of eschatology.

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May 31, 2007

Purgatory

This week we get a helpful lesson on the Orthodox perspective on Purgatory.

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May 24, 2007

Hell: A Modest Proposal

Hell? Hades? What's the difference and when should those terms be used? Clark give helpful background and instruction.

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May 10, 2007

The Culture of Disbelief - part 2

Clark continues his thoughts on Orthodox Christians and their place in this world.

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May 04, 2007

The Culture of Disbelief

How do Orthodox Christians view the world and their place in it?

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Apr 26, 2007

Proof of the Resurrection

Clark analyzes the famous Shroud of Turin.

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Apr 20, 2007

Raiders of the Lost Tomb

How should Orthodox Christians respond to recent archaeological "discoveries"?

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Apr 12, 2007

A Tale of Two Therapies

What is the therapeutic strategy of the Orthodox Church?

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