the Smart Believer Podcast

Challenging questions and grown-up theology for modern Christians and religious thinkers
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Hosted by Corbett Lunsford and Church of Our Saviour in Chicago, the Smart Believer Podcast asks tough questions about the stories, ideas, and interpretations of Christianity for the 21st century. Unlike in popular science, the loudest voices in popular theology are not the smartest and best- they're just loud. Reading the Bible literally does NOT mean reading it seriously, and in each episode of the Smart Believer, we'll explore another detail of religious belief that gives smart believers pause.

Jul 9, 2015

Today Corbett talks with Biblical historian Rev. Richard Wendel about how a modern intellectual can take meaning from the understanding of authorship, historical context, and the ancient meaning of Biblical stories. Recorded at Church of Our Savior in Chicago.

Jun 8, 2015

Today Corbett talks with the Rev. John Dally, professor of theology and culture at Bexley-Seabury Seminary, about coming from a second-generation atheist family and becoming an academic Christian by choice.

May 1, 2015

Today Corbett begs Rev. Brian Hastings to explain how to enjoy the Nicene Creed, which many Episcopalians think sounds like dogmatic brainwashing. Is this ancient statement of communal faith in need of an update, or is it still relevant? Hosted by Church of Our Saviour Episcopal church in Chicago.

Apr 20, 2015

Today Corbett talks with former monk Rev. Brian Hastings about why, since God is all-powerful, Jesus was by all accounts illiterate, and left nothing written. Hosted by Church of Our Saviour in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Feb 12, 2015

Today Corbett gets Rev. Brian Hastings to break open the cuddly version of God's Love and show us how the brutality, pain, and grief in the universe is part of The Plan. Horrible things discussed include insects, bacteria, the Big Bang, the murder of Jesus, vengeance, and plate tectonics. Hosted by Church of Our Saviour in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Jan 29, 2015

Today Corbett asks Rev. Brian Hastings about why smart believers are stuck in the middle between God and Science, how to talk about it, and how not to pull your hair out around fundamentalist Christians and proud Atheists. Hosted by Church of Our Saviour in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Jan 7, 2015

In our kickoff episode, Corbett talks with the Rev. Brian Hastings about the power and the destructiveness of preschool stories, and how to live as both a truly smart and truly devout Christian in the modern world. Hosted by Church of Our Saviour at 530 W. Fullerton in Chicago IL.