Dr. William L. Portier: This Thing Called 'America,' A Great Cloud of Witnesses, and Points of Contact
William L. Portier Ph.D.
Dr. Bill Portier discusses his take on what exactly America means, the state of our modern secularized and consumer culture, and how these ultimately relate to the real meaning of faith, and of a life story lived out in faith. Reflecting on his own illustrious and storied career as a Catholic historical theologian, Dr. Portier offers us a hopeful vision of what faith, culture, and a culture principled by faith ought to look like, and how we can already see glimpses of it in the hic et nunt, the here and now.
Julio A. Quintero Ph.D.
In this wonderful and heart-warming interview, our own Dr. Julio A. Quintero guides us through a very special practice celebrated by his father and which his father has passed down to him: bestowing the Sign of the Cross in blessing on one's child. Dr. Quintero uses this as a key example of a sort of faith that is beyond rational categorization, beyond meticulous scientific proofs. He discusses the Enlightenment, its effects upon faith, and the different ways in which different cultures outside the United States understand the very word "culture."
Charles S. Brown Th.D.
In this thought-provoking and moving interview, Dr. Brown speaks about his appreciation of faith and culture as matters of an intensely personal, but also communitarian and societal, nature. Discussing his teaching and mission work as a Professor and Pastor, Dr. Brown illuminates for us the communitarian key in which African spirituality, both on the continent and in the diaspora, is cast, and how that relates to the religious and moral meanings of black protest. Dr. Brown closes his discussion with a reflection upon the intensely powerful and even shocking hope which comes from faith in an ever-present God.
Witnesses of a Journey Faith: Robert Ellsberg on Orbis Books, Spiritual Masters, and Faith and Culture
Robert Ellsberg Th.M.
In this profound and heartfelt conversation, Robert Ellsberg of Orbis Books leads us on a journey through many saints and spiritual masters who stand at the heart of his own research and of the mission of Orbis Books - many of whose voices have heretofore not been prominent in theological circles. Ellsberg describes his profound understanding of faith and culture as illuminated by those same saints and spiritual masters, describing for us the richness of a Christianity which both flavors and is flavored by cultures all over the world - a truly global, inculturated Christian understanding of faith, culture, and their interplay. Perhaps the best summation of Ellsberg's profound take on little-known spiritual masters and those voices residing outside the more frequented theological circles is the great importance he sees in Pope Francis' distinction between a "laboratory faith" that remains stagnant and a "journey faith" which is dynamic, adaptable, and invigorating.
The Dynamic Duo of Faith & Culture and the Easter Hope: Dr. Roberto S. Goizueta on Faith and Culture
Roberto S. Goizueta Ph.D.
In this delightful, nuanced, and deeply engaging discussion with Dr. Sandra Yocum and Chanel Winston, Dr. Roberto S. Goizueta dives into the interrelationship of faith and culture, and most especially their interdependence and mutual formation, one of the other. He speaks to the radically inculturated and incarnated nature of faith - how our faith is really defined on a day-to-day basis on the basis not so much on our intellectual beliefs, but on how we live out our lives - what we spend our money on, what we give our time to, and ultimately what we put our trust in at the end of the day. Dr. Goizueta concludes his discussion with a moving reflection on the hope that the crucified and risen Lord gives him, the hope that continues to animate his life and work and which he sees as operative in the world.
Stan J. Tharp D.Min.
In this heartfelt and inspiring one-on-one, Dr. Stan J. Tharp of the Christian Life Center guides us through his faith-filled understanding of the numerous challenges presented by our modern culture, to all people and especially to people of faith. Discussing the truly welcoming environment created by he and his team for the worship of his congregation, Pastor Stan illuminates how there are certain objective moral truths to which our Christian faith calls us to adhere, and he describes simultaneously the great charity that ought to animate all discussion and debate undertaken by Christians.