Episode 73: Where the Wild Things Are

27 Nov

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, The Unemployed Mind
00:07:25- Where the Wild Things Are
00:45:40- Alice in Wonderland
01:21:05- Sermon Recommendation- “Love and Lust”
01:23:50- Episode wrap-up, newsletter

One Response to “Episode 73: Where the Wild Things Are”

  1. Nathan Johnson December 2, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Tyler,

    I completely agree with you about the dangers of wishful thinking, insulation, and the Internet’s capacity to facilitate that insulation. The Bible encourages believers to test everything, as reflected in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22: “Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.” To this day, this remains my favorite passage from the entire Bible.

    Your discussion of Alice in Wonderland reminded me of a scene in Through the Looking-Glass in which the Queen instructs Alice to believe that she is 101 years old. When Alice says she can’t just will herself believe it, the Queen says, “Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

    Eventually, Alice simply laughs and says, “There’s no use in trying. One can’t believe impossible things.”

    Alice doesn’t have a choice. She can’t believe. She doesn’t “rebel” against the Queen; she just states the fact that she can’t believe her claim. In this podcast, you mentioned that nonbelievers “rebel” against God, but I would instead phrase it as a recognition of the insufficiency of the evidence. In the same way, Christians do not “rebel” against Allah or Krishna, for example; they simply recognize the insufficiency of the evidence for those claims. For those of us who want to believe in Yahweh (as I once did, even after I became a nonbeliever), this can be a very difficult thing to admit, but there is no choice involved. There is only the recognition of the insufficiency of the evidence.

    Great podcast as always. This is only one I listen to that is thought-provoking enough to prompt me to go back and look up classic literature. 🙂

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