Ep 11: If you're happy and you know it ...

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Notes from Episode 11: If you’re happy and you know it … 

For arguments sake: where we take a debate, cut out the party politics and try to talk it out

Are we as Christians expected to be happy all the time and, if not, do we have a lack of faith? Michael posits that we measure things by ‘happiness’ but, says Megan, there are still different social narratives on how we think happiness is achieved and what kind of happiness is valuable. They discuss Paul Dolan’s book Happy Ever After, which they both read for this episode.

So what exactly is happiness? And what about the recent claims that religious people are happier people? Megan and Michael take a look at happiness vs joy, dig in to what the Bible says on happiness and wonder over its temporal and eternal nature.

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The secret life of us: in which we try to figure out what makes the other one tick

Are we shiny happy people? Megan and Michael share their experiences of happiness and what they have meant in their lives. Megan shares candidly about her experiences of joy and depression. Is life worth living when we’re not happy? How do we retain faith without happiness? And, if not to offer happiness, what is the point of faith?

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Marg and Dave: Reviews from two people obsessed by stories. But not always the same ones

SPOILERS AHEAD! Megan and Michael are talking Netflix and Russian Doll. If you haven’t got to episode three of that show yet, you are now warned.

Here’s the premise: In Russian Doll, Nadia keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. She’s trapped in a surreal time loop – and staring down the barrel of her own mortality.

Tune in to here what Megan and Michael think of the show that’s been dubbed “the best show all year”  (and it’s only February!)

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Find out more about the hosts of With All Due Respect:

Rev Dr Michael Jensen, rector at St Mark’s Anglican Darling Point, author, public commentator.

Rev Megan Powell du Toit, ordained Baptist minister, Publishing Manager of the Australian College of Theology, editor of the journal Colloquium.

We got the idea of our two-header theology and culture podcast from this show: The Movie Show/At the Movies.