Summary: Historic Christianity Encounters Other Religious Traditions - This podcast is about the encounter of historic Christianity with other religious traditions.
Pastor Michael and Fr. Andrew welcome back Dr. Michael Petrow and introduce his wife Kristy to the podcast. Together, they discuss the phenomenon of spiritual abuse in multiple Christian traditions.
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael talk theatre and the arts with professional stage actor Brandon Talley, who is a 13-year veteran of Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. Asides include Star Wars and throwing the gauntlet down about the proper sauce for NC barbecue.
Welcoming guest and AFR podcaster Fr. Anthony Perkins, Pastor Michael and Fr. Andrew respond to some listener feedback, which asked why non-Christians should even become Christian and why following Jesus' teachings on your own isn't enough. But first they catch up a little, comparing their experiences of Holy Week and Pascha (Easter).
Pastor Michael and Fr. Andrew discuss how Christians can have theological discussions -- even deeply engaged ones -- without getting angry. Along the way, they introduce principles from the Fathers and one modern Orthodox writer.
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael talk with Andy Hall, who as an atheist met Christ and now shares his insights relating to what it's like to be raised without preparation for the Gospel and how Christians can connect with other people without that upbringing.
Pastor Michael and Fr. Andrew talk with Professor Cyril (Gary) Jenkins about his book 'Calvin's Tormenters,' discussing John Calvin's contemporary theological opponents and lots of related questions.
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael kick off their inaugural episode of The Areopagus by introducing their purpose for the podcast, introducing themselves, and their first guest, Dr. Michael Petrow, their friend in common who introduced them to each other. The three also discuss the question: Is it dangerous to encounter other religious traditions?