Dehumanizing Implications of AI: Report from Cambridge and World Congress (Pt. 2)

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What is a bottom-up worldview? What is a top-down worldview? Which one can account for human dignity in the face of some who seek to create “persons” through artificial intelligence? Is there a relationship between imitation and being? Andy, Terry, and Steve come together this week to continue where they left off with Andy’s report from Cambridge and World Congress. …

Means to an End: Sports, Athletes, and Going Beyond the Game

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Are athletes just bodies performing on the field? Often, we reduce athletes to that. Worse still, many athletes view themselves in that way. Labouring under the constant pressure to achieve the next thing, merit is the ever-present undertone of their perceived worth. Yet, there are those who seek to bring a positive change. In today’s episode of the AC Podcast, …

Kissing My Faith Goodbye: Purity, Marriage, and Deconstruction of Faith

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A great shockwave reverberated through the Evangelical world, as the one-time megachurch pastor, Joshua Harris, announced that he was separating from his wife and leaving Christianity. This story was of interest to the mainstream media as well. After all, this was a very prominent advocate of the purity movement in the late 90s and early 2000s, known for his bestselling …

The Future of Abortion in Canada and the US

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Abortion, once thought to be a settled issue, has sharply come into focus again with the shifting political atmosphere in Canada and the US, particularly with the new pro-life laws coming into effect in the State of Georgia and Alabama. Emotions are running wild on both sides of the debate, as they both try to protect what they consider to …

Warning: Moral Inversion Ahead

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Can you be too committed to morality? We’ve seen in the 20th century (and others) how good intentions can lead to horrific atrocities. The Hungarian scientist, Michael Polanyi, saw in his day what was coming and called this a “moral inversion.” Is our own culture also ripe for a moral inversion? The AC team invited Dr. Andrew Grosso, a friend …

Modern-Day Hermits: The Global Threat of Social Withdrawal

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From a battery-operated fan attached to chopsticks to cool down noodles, to people who get paid to shove people onto the commuter train during rush hours, Japan has a reputation for strange things. Have you heard of the hikikomori? These are people who have withdrawn themselves from society in Japan. The problem is, this is not limited to Japan. More …

Arrested Development: Discussing Insights from the Renegotiating Faith Study

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You may remember the study, Hemorrhaging Faith, a number of years ago which looked into the phenomenon of millennials leaving the church in large numbers in Canada. There’s been a follow-up study that was done to look at the transitioning period for young adults. What might be going through the mind of the young adults during this phase that some …

Toxic Masculinity

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“Boys will be boys.” This phrase, when used as a way to excuse poor behaviour from men, betrays a much deeper social problem. Following a string of relatively recent episodes of corporate social activism, Gillette came out with a commercial addressing toxic masculinity, inciting strong reactions both for and against said commercial. Andy, Terry, and Steve invite a friend of …

The Future of Apologetics: With Voices from the Past

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If you’ve been a regular listener, you are in for a treat. As the AC Podcast celebrates its 200th episode milestone, Terry and Steve bring on a blast (two, to be exact) from the past. Join us for this special edition of the AC Podcast where we retrace Apologetics Canada’s footsteps and look ahead to where we are headed. Links …

Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

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Many adults both in Canada and the US remember seeing Fred Rogers growing up. In many ways, he was the hallmark of our childhood TV experience. This highly influential public TV figure with an air of a friendly grandpa about him was featured in a recent biographical documentary. In this week’s episode of AC Podcast, Andy, Terry, and Steve sat …