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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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Nov 28, 2017

“Dr. J” to her tribe, this influencer as a PhD and teaching experience at Yale, and George Brown University. An economist by training, she has invaluable insights into the wreckage we see around us caused by the failed Sexual Revolution. The organization she founded, The Ruth Institute, exists to help survivors of this very public shipwreck.

With the Obergefel v Hodges (2015) decision redefining marriage at the federal level, we have reached a legal tipping point. Most Americans support marriage as it’s been defined for millennia, as the lifelong union of one man and one woman with openness to children. Culture is one thing, laws are another.

If you want practical insights into how to talk about this and other challenges such as our collective no-fault divorce attitude (yes, it has infected “good Catholic” circles), and the forgotten players known as children, this is the interview for you.

You will learn:

  • Proven strategies for framing the arguments
  • How to avoid taking the bait offered by anti-marriage activists
  • The importance of keeping the conversation where it needs to be: on the linking of children to their parents.
  • How to articulate reasons for supporting marriage without reference to either homosexual behavior on the one hand, or religious tenets on the other.

Question of the week (for the married): When people look at your marriage, how likely are they to say, “I want a marriage like that”?

(For the unmarried): What is a good question to ask your boyfriend or girlfriend that would either qualify or disqualify them as a good candidate for marriage?

 

Resources recommended in this episode:

101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other by Jennifer Roback-Morse and Betsy Kerekes

Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good For Your Marriage, by Patrick Coffin

Additional resources:

Go to ruthinstitute.org for more from Dr. J.

Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan Anderson

Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue by William May

 

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Nov 21, 2017

Get your C.S. Lewis on! Lovers of the works of Clive Staples Lewis (+1963), especially The Chronicles of Narnia septet will not want to miss this interview with Lewis scholar and Catholic convert, Dr. Michael Ward of Oxford and Houston Baptist University.

The Narnia series has been one of the most critically analyzed book series in history since it was penned over 60 years ago. My guest in this episode has discovered a interpretative framework to the seven books that eluded the Lewisphere for decades and now has them abuzz.

It’s all about the seven planets of the medieval cosmos. Even if you’ve re-read the books many times, Dr. Ward’s insights will bring you a whole new depth and wonder to C.S. Lewis’s best known work.

And because he is English (I say, the inventors of the language you’re now reading) his prose will expand your vocabulary as well!

I should note one thing. At the end of the interview, I jokingly asked him about his work for Q under Her Majesty the Queen. This is because he had a walk-on part in the James Bond film The World Is Never Enough. (He’s the bespectacled, white lab-coated assistant to Q in this funny scene, handing 007 his X-ray glasses at 1:20: )

In this episode you will learn:

  • What subtle, overarching symbolic framework governs the seven-fold story of the Narnia books (hint: think planets, not sacraments)
  • That John Williams’s Star Wars theme, shall we say, borrowed promiscuously from Gustav Holst’s “Mars: Bringer of War”
  • The meaning of the words etiolated, valitudinarian, and aestival—handy for use at cocktail parties...
  • Some important background on what inspired Lewis
  • The importance of atmosphere or “tone” in great works of literature and why it resembles the mystery in music.

Resources recommended in this episode:

Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward

Gustav Holst, The Planets (music CD)

S. Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life & Works by Walter Hooper

The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis ed. By Michael Ward and Robert MacSwain

The World Is Not Enough, James Bond film DVD starring Pierce Brosnan, co-starring….Michael Ward.

 

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Nov 14, 2017

The last couple of shows have been on the intellectual-nerd side. Here’s another one! Father Thomas J. White, OP, of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, has distilled the essential of Catholicism into a single volume, The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism. I devoured the book (insofar as you can devour a work that relies on Thomas Aquinas’s methods and language) in a few days despite being a slow reader. His style is accessible and his prose elegant with a whiff of humor here and there.

All of that comes through in this interview, as Father White gets down to basics of foundations of Catholicism.

After listening, you will know:

  • What the gospel really is
  • The philosophical and biblical basis for the Catholic Church’s main claim to be founded by Christ
  • What Scripture is and why we can trust the New Testament as an historical document
  • A simple way to explain the Trinity

 

Question of the week: How would you finish the sentence, “I”m Catholic because…..” Or, “I’m not Catholic because….”

 

Resources recommended in this episode:

The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism by Father White, OP

Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed

Ignatius Study Bible, RSV Second Catholic Edition by the Holy Spirit and the sacred authors.

 

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Nov 7, 2017

Arguments for God’s existence are all the rage, as Ed Feser exemplified well in the last two episodes. But what about us? What’s our nature as humans? Do we have a soul? How can we know that the soul is immortal and not just a few pounds of electric meat between our ears that produces cool experiences like a mythical God?

Very few modern thinkers are devoting a lot of time to the question of the soul and whether it’s immortal. Plato thought so, as it most Greek philosophers. Certainly the Bible affirms it. Dr. Michael Augros has written a new book called The Immortal In You. How Human Nature Is More Than Science Can Say. We talked about the finer points in my interview with him. You’ll learn a ton, as I did, about:

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Your own body-soul nature, made by God, destined for heaven, in peril of hell.
  • How to distinguish between what God reveals about the soul and what reason does
  • The difference between the body and the soul
  • How to argue with someone who thinks science is a magical truth-dispensing religion

Resources mentioned in this episode:

 

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