Episode 8: With All Due Respect on Franklin Graham, angry women and Black Mirror

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Notes from Episode 8:

In For Argument’s Sake, Megan and Michael tackle the upcoming visit to Australia by evangelist Franklin Graham (son of legendary preacher Billy). They focus upon the controversy surrounding Franklin Graham’s visit and how he doesn’t have the same ability to unite Christians as his father. With Franklin Graham’s vocal support for President Trump stirring widespread debate, Megan explains she has other concerns about his relationship with the politics of power and sexuality. Both Michael and Megan ask: should you attend a gospel event led by a person you disagree with?

In Discomfort Zone, Megan asked Michael to do something outside his usual sphere – read Rebecca Traister’s book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger (particularly one lengthy section about President Trump). Michael has questions for Megan about solidarity between women around the world before our duo dive into the biblical concept of vengeance. Oh, and whether anger is only associated with men. And how can anger be responded to.

Then, in Marg and Dave, Megan and Michael dare to enter Netflix series Black Mirror, a near-future commentary about humanity’s misuse of technology. Megan and Michael watched the episode Nosedive – about one woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) experiencing a harsh rating system – and marvel at its clear parallels with our world. But what does judging each other have to do with Christianity? Oh, wait …

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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.

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