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The Patrick Coffin Show | Interviews with influencers | Commentary about culture | Tools for transformation

The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and levity. If you’re tired of politically correct mediaspeak, you want to see God back in the public square, and you’re not allergic to having a laugh, this is the place to be.
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Mar 28, 2017

 It’s safe to call Dr. Bill Struthers a brainiac. He holds a doctorate in from the University of Chicago and his research employ the use of stereotaxic surgery, immunochemistry, and behavioral manipulations to investigate gene expression in the cingulate cortex and basal ganglia. He is also a visiting scholar in science and religion at Oxford University.

His academic credentials, however, have had no effect on his ability to talk to the average layman about how pornography hijacks the male brain. In this interview, Dr. Struthers talks about the findings contained in his book Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain.

Because we are embodied beings, viewing pornography changes how the brain works, how we form memories and make attachments. He exposes false assumptions about, and casts a vision for, a redeemed masculinity, while showing the science behind compulsive porn use and how to break free.

 

BOOKS RECOMMENDED IN THIS EPISODE

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by Dr. William Struthers

 

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Mar 21, 2017

Matt Fradd knows at least 129 different ways to talk about why pornography is immoral, bad for relationships, and great training for emotional immaturity. The “Australian by birth, Catholic by choice” author and speaker sat down with me to talk about ways you can discuss the porn problem with those who don’t think it’s a problem – without (this is key) relying on religious or faith-based resources.

Matt is the executive director of Integrity Restored, an apostolate providing all manner of resources for porn addicts and their partners. He can also be found blogging at mattfradd.com. His latest book is The Porn Myth: The Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography. There is a way out, and it starts with understanding the problem itself.

Something you should know: 100% of Matt’s royalties are being donated to Children of the Immaculate Heart (www.childrenoftheimmaculatheart.org) a San Diego-based apostolate dedicated to rescuing and restoring victims of sex trafficking.

 

BOOKS RECOMMENDED IN THIS EPISODE

The Porn Myth: The Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography

by Matt Fradd

Delivered: True Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity

Edited by Matthew Fradd

Restored: True Stores of Love and Trust After Porn

Edited by Matthew and Cameron Fradd

 Good Pictures, Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids 

by Kristen Jenson and Dr. Gail Poyner

Integrity Restored, Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography

by Dr. Peter Kleponis, PhD

 

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Mar 14, 2017

Vancouver-based PR director Jim Hoggan (pronounced Hogan) thinks strong disagreement can co-exist with civility. In today’s media culture, modes of communication (from emails to memos to blog posts) have become more swords than words.

Have you noticed how many YouTube debates are described as some version of, “Watch our hero eviscerate (or slaughter/kill/slay/own/etc. the other guy”? We can’t seem to disagree without destroying.

This is why Hoggan wrote I’m Right and You’re An Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up.

What’s interesting is that he takes a definite (possibly dogmatic) stand on what used to be called global warming – rebranded as “climate change” – so his communication lessons are tied to a controversial topic from the get-go. But the merits or demerits of Al Gore’s approach to climate change weren’t the topic of the interview – the need for engagement at the level of facts and not facetiousness was. And in this interview, Mr. Hoggan models the civility he recommends.

(Surely his Canadianness gives him an edge in the nice department…)

In this context I can also, without shame, recommend my free e-booklet, Stay Cool When the Argument Heats Up: Proven Strategies for Calm Conversing. Get your free copy by subscribing to my Inside Scoop Newsletter here.

Yes, Virginia, we can disagree without destroying.

 

BOOKS RECOMMENDED IN THIS EPISODE

 I’m Right and You’re An Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up. by James Hoggan

Mar 7, 2017

Dr. Donald DeMarco is a leading Canadian philosopher, writer, and pro-life lion. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo, Ontario; a Visiting Scholar with Holy Apostles College and Seminary; and is the author of 21 books.

In my podcast interview with him, he unpacked what is to my mind the deepest mystery of all: how God’s provident care, can co-exist with human freedom. God has a plan, and we can say yes or no to it. It’s amazing, really, like the grace at work in this mystery.

I admit to my long-standing admiration of Dr. DeMarco. His books were immensely helpful to me as I was making my way back to the Catholic Church in Canada. DeMarco’s style is lyrical, easy to read, but packed with golden nuggets of truth. You have to love a Christian philosopher whose doctoral dissertation was "The Nature of the Relationship between the Mathematical and the Beautiful in Music.”

Enjoy this rich conversation on a fascinating topic.

 

BOOKS RECOMMENDED IN THIS EPISODE

 

The Heart of Virtue  by Donald DeMarco

In My Mother’s Womb by Donald DeMarco

Architects of the Culture of Death by Donald DeMarco and Benjamin Wiker

The Many Faces of Virtue  by Donald DeMarco

The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic by Michael Medved

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