I’m so excited to present our first, unofficial, episode of a new series I’m a part of called “Carnivore Theology“. What’s that, you ask?
“Carnivore Theology” is a podcast where one normal guy asks two abnormal pastors questions about life, religion, the universe and everything.
Our mission is “To help Christians move from milk to meat, past the basic principles of the faith to become wise, skilled, world-changing followers of Jesus Christ.”
Our Key Verse is: “For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14)
We Need Your Feedback
We just recorded our first (unofficial) Carnivore Theology episode and agreed that it would be a good idea to send it out to our friends to see what they thought. That’s why it’s “unofficial”, because we’re hoping to work out the bugs and kick it off officially in September. It’s so new that Chad hasn’t even sent me his picture yet… hence the volleyball. So please, give it a listen, and give us your feedback in the comments section below, by e-mailing me, or commenting on our Facebook page. We’re also on Twitter! We’d really appreciate it.
Here’s the Podcast Audio:
And something special we’ll be doing for these podcasts is putting the raw, uncut conversation up on our YouTube Channel. You can also check that out below:
Very interesting. I learned that the Puritans weren’t so uptight after all. Since I’m reading Desiring God by John Piper just now and am learning more about the joy we have in Christ the podcast was quite enlightening on the subject of entertainment and/or doing fun things just because it makes us happy. The apostle Paul talked about joy and delight a lot. The key is where our joy is coming from. Since i’m of a different generation video games are not so much of a problem but TV was my generation’s problem. I have wasted a lot of time watching other people doing things I could have done myself. The same problem as the games, unrealistic behaviors with no consequences. Thanks for a fun, but in-depth look at it from 3 very different but complimentary points of view.
It seems to me that each generation has it’s own struggle with entertainment technology. I too have wasted time and have been convicted about not living life in fantasy land…
And then we have to deal with the pharisees giving “fun” a bad rap, right?
Nice job! An interesting subtopic would perhaps be why video games get criticized consistently, but other games like euro-style board games (e.g. Settlers of Catan – made sure to pronounce with a hard C and not a soft C sound!) don’t seem to generate the same controversy levels… Is there something inherently different about the VIDEO aspect?
What an excellent question! I supposed that leads us naturally into the Fantasy Role-Playing Genre (D&D, etc) of games too. Hmmm…
Off the top, regarding the “video aspect”, I would say that there is something inherently more addictive about the passive and individualistic nature of video games over board games.
A video game usually only requires a darkened room, some finger wiggling, and a head-set, which means low to no accountability (since there’s no one in the room). Board games at least require face-to-face communication with at least one other person. It’s much more… human.
It’s an interesting comparison. I’d love to hear some legit spiritual criticism of Settlers of Catan since I’m considering getting it for someone for Christmas!
There is something inherently different with video games. I know there has been research I’ve read about over the years talking about MRIs of people’s brains while playing video games. Video games seem to awaken more of the brain, in regards to audio, visual, motor parts of the brain. It is much more immersive which can lead to a stronger draw of the person.
There are positive effects of video gaming, with the increased capacity for multitasking. But, I think we also need to pull back and look at the bigger picture of what do you put your time, passion and energy into.