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Hank Unplugged: Essential Christian Conversations

Have You Joined the Conversation on Hank Unplugged? – Hank Unplugged is a podcast brought to you by the Christian Research Institute where Hank Hanegraaff takes you out of the studio and into his study to engage in free-flowing, essential Christian conversations on critical issues with some of the most interesting, informative and inspirational people on the planet. For more information visit www.equip.org and to support CRI and our global outreaches visit https://www.equip.org/donate/

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Age of Nihilism: The Great War to the Culture Wars of Today
“Before there was a West, there was Christendom.” Fr. John Strickland has written a monumental four-part history of Christendom—from the first millennium of Christendom which he deems “the age of paradise” to our current cultural condition which he labels “the age of nihilism.” telling the story of how both came to be.On this episode Fr. John Strickland joins Hank to discuss Christendom’s most tumultuous century. As nihilism began to cast its menacing shadow on the eve of the First World War, a self-styled “antichrist” named Friedrich Nietzsche and an obstinately Christian Fyodor Dostoevsky both offered ominous visions of what the West would become if “God is dead” and any moral act thus becomes permissible. Though total warfare seemed to confirm such predictions, a project arose in its wake to rebuild utopia with secular ideologies that, in the case of Nazism, opened the abyss even further. Communism and liberalism were left after the Second World War to compete for ultimate preeminence, but both would ultimately fail to replace the lost transcendence of the West’s deep first-millennium past. As the twenty-first century opened, utopia was as elusive as ever, and a culture of paradise once again beckoned to a civilization exhausted by centuries of secularism.Topics discussed include: What is the age of nihilism? (2:30); the impact and enduring legacy of Friedrich Nietzsche (9:00); Friedrich Nietzsche and the transvaluation of values (16:35); ideas have consequences—atheism always leads towards self-destruction (21:15); Nietzsche was the leading prophet of nihilism, the destruction of anything with value (31:40); Sigmund Freud’s impact on the age of nihilism (37:50); the rise of communism and the practical consequences of a world without God (43:00); how nihilism emboldens communism to manipulate Truth—as seen with Pravda (47:20); ideological worldbuilding—the efforts of the powers that be to break the influence of traditional values in society (57:25); ideological worldbuilding, Social Darwinism and Nazism (1:05:25); the individualistic legacy of liberalism (1:11:00); abortion as an unassailable value and ideal of liberalism  (1:18:30); how liberalism is a counterfeit of traditional Christianity (1:20:20); “Without God anything is permissible”—Fyodor Dostoevsky and the importance of repentance (1:24:15); Dostoevsky’s conviction (1:29:30); Putin on how progressivism leads to nihilism (1:34:00); transgenderism as the ultimate personification of nihilism (1:41:20); Christians must be a lighthouse in the midst of our current cultural storm—the paradisiacal transformation of the culture through the life of the Church (1:48:40).For more information on receiving The Age of Paradise, The Age of Division, The Age of Utopia, and the Age of Nihilism individually, as a package of two or three or the full 4 Volume set for your partnering gift please click here.  https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-age-of-paradise-the-age-of-division-the-age-of-utopia-the-age-of-nihilism-4-volumes-on-ages-of-christendom-hup/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are  on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
113:27 4/11/24
How Secular Humanism Displaced Christianity in Modern Culture
“Before there was a West, there was Christendom.” Fr. John Strickland has written a monumental four-part history of Christendom—from the first millennium of Christendom which he deems “the age of paradise” to our current cultural condition which he labels “the age of nihilism.” telling the story of how both came to be.On this episode Fr. John Strickland joins Hank to discuss his book The Age of Utopia: Christendom from the Renaissance to the Russian Revolution, which covers the period between the Italian Renaissance of the fourteenth century and the Russian Revolution of the twentieth, when secular humanism displaced Christianity to become the source of modern culture. The result was some of the most illustrious music, science, philosophy, and literature ever produced. But the cultural reorientation from paradise to utopia―from an experience of the kingdom of heaven to one bound exclusively by this world―all but eradicated the traditional culture of the West, leaving it at the beginning of the twentieth century without roots in anything transcendent.Topics discussed include: Petrarch, the father of humanism, and how the rise of pessimism in Christianity led to the rise of secular humanism (3:30); how anthropological pessimism shaped and influenced Western culture and civilization (15:00); how the wars of Western Christianity—such as the Crusades—helped advance secular humanism (21:00); the radical separation of heaven and earth in Calvin’s sacramental and liturgical theology (26:35); the rise of science as a replacement for religion and a rationalistic explanation for everything (35:00); distinguishing between science and scientism (41:05); Voltaire and the impact of the Thirty Years’ War (44:05); the cult of reason that has replaced God and altered the historical narrative of the world (49:10); the role of the Encyclopedia on the growth of secular humanism (53:30); the unique nature of the French Revolution (58:30); the rise of Romanticism as a response to the loss of transcendence in the world (1:03:00); the dangerous ideals of the Darwinian revolution (1:12:15); the rise of scientism (1:22:00); how liberal Protestantism is shaped by secular humanism (1:26:05); Marx, Marxism and the idea of inevitability whereby violence becomes the engine of progress (1:29:40); how World War I exposed the myth of progress (1:41:00); the secular path to utopia ultimately leads to dystopia (1:49:30); the age of nihilism—an age in which virtually anything is possible (1:56:00).For more information on receiving The Age of Paradise, The Age of Division, The Age of Utopia, and the Age of Nihilism individually, as a package of two or three or the full 4 Volume set for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-age-of-paradise-the-age-of-division-the-age-of-utopia-the-age-of-nihilism-4-volumes-on-ages-of-christendom-hup/​Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are  on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
121:05 3/26/24
Age of Division—Great Schism to Protestant Reformation
Before there was a West, there was Christendom.” Fr. John Strickland has written a monumental four-part history of Christendom—from the first millennium of Christendom which he deems “the age of paradise” to our current cultural condition which he labels “the age of nihilism.” telling the story of how both came to be.Fr. John Strickland joins Hank to discuss his book The Age of Division: Christendom from the Great Schism to the Protestant Reformation, which provides an overview of the break in unity that occurred within Christendom after the Great Schism to the continued fracturing that occurred through the Protestant Reformation.If you have ever wondered exactly how we got from the Christian society of the early centuries, united in its faithfulness to apostolic tradition, to the fragmented and secular state of the West today, this episode on The Age of Division is an absolute must listen—tracing the decline and disintegration of both East and West after the momentous but often neglected Great Schism. For five centuries, a divided Christendom was led further and further from the culture of paradise that defined its first millennium, resulting in the Protestant Reformation and the secularization that defines our society today.For more information on receiving The Age of Paradise, The Age of Division, The Age of Utopia, and the Age of Nihilism individually, as a package of two or three or the full 4 Volume set for your partnering gift please click here. Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
101:00 2/27/24
The First Thousand Years: Christendom from Pentecost to the First Millennium
“Before there was a West, there was Christendom.” Fr. John Strickland has written a monumental four-part history of Christendom—from the first millennium of Christendom which he deems “the age of paradise” to our current cultural condition which he labels “the age of nihilism.” telling the story of how both came to be.On this episode Fr. John Strickland joins Hank to discuss his book The Age of Paradise: Christendom from Pentecost to the First Millennium, which provides an overview of the first thousand years of Christendom ranging from Pentecost to the Great Schism. The Age of Paradise is the first of a four-volume history of Christendom, a civilization with a supporting culture that gave rise to what we now call the West. At a time of renewed interest in the future of Western culture, author John Strickland—an Orthodox scholar, professor, and priest—offers a vision rooted in the deep past of the first millennium. At the heart of his story is the early Church’s “culture of paradise,” an experience of the world in which the kingdom of heaven was tangible and familiar. Drawing not only on worship and theology but statecraft and the arts, Fr. John Strickland reveals the remarkably affirmative character Western culture once had under the influence of Christianity - in particular, of Eastern Christendom, which served the West not only as a cradle but as a tutor and guardian as well. For more information on receiving The Age of Paradise, The Age of Division, The Age of Utopia, and the Age of Nihilism individually, as a package of two or three or the full 4 Volume set for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-age-of-paradise-the-age-of-division-the-age-of-utopia-the-age-of-nihilism-4-volumes-on-ages-of-christendom-hup/Topics discussed include: Peter’s Pentecost sermon and the importance of repentance in the Christian life (3:00); the significance of definite articles in translations and how it impacts our understanding of Christian history and tradition (8:15); why did the early Church grow so rapidly? Is it possible to experience a similar Pentecost in the 21st century? (11:30); what was the attraction of the early Christian Church for women? (18:30); the Great Persecution—the last and most severe persecution of the Roman Empire by Diocletian (23:50); the unpredictable impact of Constantine on Christianity (29:00); Constantinianism—why are some Christians so critical of Constantine? (37:25); symphony and caesaropapism—different models of Christian statecraft (42:10); how either a pessimistic or optimistic view of the world can dramatically impact Christian tradition (46:25); iconoclasm—Christianity’s first reformation (52:00); the significance of the Ecumenical councils—and why are they ignored by many modern Christians (1:00:00); the significance of doctrinal precision and integrity defined by the Church councils (1:05:30); what is the significance of the filioque—the insertion of “and the son” in the Nicene Creed (1:09:55); the Nicolaitan Schism vs the Photian Schism (1:14:20); how escapism became a key paradigmatic distinction between Eastern and Western Christians (1:17:00); the eschatological direction of the Old Christendom vs. the New Christendom (1:27:25); the model for missions provided by Cyril and Methodius and what we can learn from it today (1:31:00); reformational Christianity vs traditional Christianity (1:34:20); a preview of the upcoming podcast with Fr. John Strickland on his book The Age of Division: Christendom from the Great Schism to the Protestant Reformation (1:38:45); the importance of historical literacy for Christians (1:41:00).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
105:59 2/6/24
Does Church History Matter? The Rise and Fall of What the West Once Was
​Does Church history matter? In an age marked by division, Christians of all traditions can almost assuredly agree that we are currently living in an age of cultural decline. Believing in the transformational power of historical understanding, Fr. John Strickland has written a monumental four-part history of Christendom—from the first millennium of Christendom which he deems “the age of paradise” to our current cultural condition which he labels “the age of nihilism.” In addition to this podcast, Fr. John Strickland will join Hank Hanegraaff on Hank Unplugged for four subsequent episodes focused on four individual periods of Church history. On this introductory episode Fr. John Strickland provides an overview of his analysis and answers the question of whether or not church history matters with a resounding yes, while encouraging Christians to seek the solution to our current cultural decline by returning to the deep past of early Christendom—the age of paradise. Topics discussed include: Why did Fr. John Strickland write a four-volume history of Christianity from Pentecost to the present day? (9:15); how the three major secular ideologies of the 20th century—Communism, Nazism and Secularism—are all the byproducts of a false view of Christianity (14:45); the distinction between culture and civilization (22:00); NOT SURE (30:00); Pentecost and the significance of the liturgical life of the early Christians (36:15); an overview of the Great Schism of 1054—the Great Divide of Christendom (41:35); the conciliar fashion of the early Church leadership (47:00); the Filioque and the importance of apostolic doctrinal integrity (55:15); the Papal reformation—the time from the Great Schism to the Protestant Reformation (58:20); the importance of perpetuating the faith of the early Christians and the dangers of doctrinal innovation (1:06:15); the iconoclastic reformation—creating further artistic and ideological division between the East and the West (1:12:45); a good place without God is nowhere—the answers to our current cultural decline is to look to the deep past of early Christendom (1:17:15); our current age of nihilism is what happens when you try to create a utopia without God (1:22:15); why is the Sacramental life so important? (1:25:15); The Age of Paradise: Christendom from Pentecost to the First Millennium (1:28:00); The Age of Division: Christendom from the Great Schism to the Protestant Reformation (1:30:45); The Age of Utopia: Christendom from the Renaissance to the Russian Revolution (1:34:15); The Age of Nihilism: Christendom from the Great War to the Culture Wars (1:40:15). For more information on receiving The Age of Paradise, The Age of Division, The Age of Utopia, and the Age of Nihilism individually, as a package of two or three or the full 4 Volume set for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-age-of-paradise-the-age-of-division-the-age-of-utopia-the-age-of-nihilism-4-volumes-on-ages-of-christendom-hup/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
104:14 1/4/24
Incarnation: The Ultimate Self-Revelation of God
As we celebrate the Christmas season, we encourage you to contemplate the meaning and the magnitude of the Incarnation—the climax of divine revelation: God with us! The very thought that the one who spoke and galaxies leapt into existence should cloak Himself in human flesh is unthinkable. To imagine that the one who knit me together in my mother’s womb would Himself inhabit Mary’s womb boggles the mind. Yet this is precisely what Christianity proclaims—a Creator beyond comprehension who has revealed Himself in Incarnation. In taking on human flesh, God gives us more than the clearest image of who He is. He gives us Himself. To learn more about receiving the book that this is adapted from for your partnering gift, please click here.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-incarnation/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
127:20 12/21/23
Islamic Terrorism
In light of recent events, today’s edition of Hank Unplugged is a special encore presentation featuring Robert Spencer containing segments from different appearances that Spencer has made on Hank Unplugged over the years in order to provide everything you need to know about the world’s fastest growing religion—Islam. Spencer is one of the foremost experts on Islamic Jihad and this episode will educate you on the many ways that Islamic Terrorism is putting our world in peril. For more information on Robert Spencer’s books The History of Jihad and The Complete Infidels Guide to the Koran, along with Hank’s book MUSLIM, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resourcethe-history-of-jihad-from-muhammad-to-isis/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
108:20 12/7/23
Are We Living in the Last Days? w/Gary DeMar*
Are we living in the last days? On today’s podcast we revisit an issue of tremendous consequence—particularly in light of the ongoing conflict in the middle east. That issue revolves around the popular notion that Christians will be raptured out of this world—a rapture currently being dubbed, “The Great Disappearance.” Unfortunately, these modern eschatological interpretations are simply the result of scripture being taken out of context. These misunderstandings about the end times (eschatology) have been enthusiastically propagated by popular end-times prophecy pundits—from books and movies such as the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye, to the “Great Disappearance” being preached by Dr. David Jeremiah. In reality, the Great Disappearance, subtitled “31 ways to be rapture ready” is simply the latest twist on an increasingly popular theme within modern-day Christianity—a theme that is relatively new in the history of Christendom. A proper eschatological evaluation is not merely a matter of theoretical significance as our interpretations have a tremendous impact on geopolitical relations and reactions. Simply put, a biblical understanding of the end times is not only important—it is essential. Hank Hanegraaff is joined by expert Gary DeMar to examine whether we are living in the last days as he explains what the Bible really says about the end times and why it matters. *This is an encore presentation of Hank Unplugged with an updated introduction to provide context. The original edition was first released in September of 2020. To dive deeper see: Hank Hanegraaff, The Apocalypse Code: Find out What the Bible Really Says About the End Times and Why It Matters Today.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-find-out-what-the-bible-really-says-about-the-end-times-and-why-it-matters-today-wa/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
106:16 11/21/23
LEVANT—Crossroads of World History in the Middle East
Given the current events taking place in the Middle East it is important to assess the Levant—the land-bridge linking three continents (Europe, Asia, and Africa). The Levant set the stage for some of the principal events in history, is the source of two great monotheistic religions, and supplied the foundations for a third. Thus, it is rightly described as the crossroads of world history. Levant, essentially the western rim of the Fertile Crescent, boasts Jerusalem as its epicenter. Jews, Christians and Muslims all hold their heritage in this region; however, the geographic significance is not held to be theologically significant to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. In this teaching edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank Hanegraaff investigates the historical significance of the Levant to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in order to better understand the events unfolding in the Middle East and ensure that Christians approach the unfolding events with a proper sense of biblical and historical literacy. To dive deeper: Hank Hanegraaff, MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest Growing Religion https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-muslim-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-worlds-fastest-growing-religion/ and The Apocalypse Code: Find out What the Bible Really Says About the End Times and Why It Matters Today.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-find-out-what-the-bible-really-says-about-the-end-times-and-why-it-matters-today-wa/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.​
54:56 11/9/23
Palestine—A Palestinian Christian Perspective with Fares Abraham
Fares Abraham is a Palestinian Christian. He was born in the West Bank. His wife was born in Gaza—in the Al-Ahli Baptist hospital recently bombed despite the belief that a Christian hospital was the safest place to be in all of Gaza. How should Christians respond to the tragedies taking place in Israel and Palestine?First and foremost, we must pray for peace—for all people. We are all made in the image of God and we must pray for both Israelis and Palestinians—for the Israeli leaders and even the leaders of Hamas who committed unspeakable atrocities. Let us remember that the Apostle Paul once persecuted—terrorized—Christians before his life was transformed by Gospel of peace. Pray that the Lord will raise up leaders who pursue peace and turn tragedy into triumph.Fares Abraham has dedicated his life to fulfilling the Great Commission through the work of Levant Ministries which is committed to seeing “the Middle East healed and restored by the love and hope of Jesus Christ.” May we join him in prayer for the peace that surpasses all understanding and the renewal of all things.A Statement on the Holy Land War by Fares Abraham: Statement on the War in the Holy Land – Levant Ministries https://levantministries.org/holy-land-war/For more information on related topics please see Hank’s books, The Apocalypse Code: Find out What the Bible Really Says About the End Times and Why It Matters Today https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-find-out-what-the-bible-really-says-about-the-end-times-and-why-it-matters-today-wa/and MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest Growing Religion. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-muslim-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-worlds-fastest-growing-religion/Topics discussed include: Fares Abraham shares his personal history with the Al-Ahli Baptist hospital in Gaza (3:45); the work of Levant Ministries in the Middle East (8:20); growing up in Palestine as a Christian (10:45); the dangers of incorrect theology and the Middle East (14:15); the situation in Gaza (22:00); condemning the heinous attacks by Hamas against Israel (34:25); addressing Christian apathy in the face of fulfilling the Great Commission (45:05); a Christian perspective on Islamic terrorism—was the Apostle Paul a terrorist before his conversion? (50:30). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
67:22 10/24/23
Domestic Extremist: A Practical Guide to Winning the Culture War with Peachy Keenan
Are you a domestic extremist? Peachy Keenan argues that the only way we can save our families, ourselves, and the world is by embracing our inner domestic extremists, and sweeping failed notions of third wave feminism and identity politics nonsense into the garbage can of history. Peachy Keenan uses humor to point out the disastrous consequences of decades of feminism and left-wing ideologies and presents a compelling case for an alternative lifestyle of domestic extremism. She joins Hank to explain just what that means and why extreme domesticity is the key to winning the culture war. For more information on receiving the book, Domestic Extremist: A Practical Guide to Winning the Culture War, for your partnering gift, please click here. https://www.equip.org/hank-unplugged-podcast-and-shorts/are-you-a-domestic-extremist/Topics discussed include: Is there a connection between laughter and learning? (3:00); what is a domestic extremist? (5:00); is it possible to win the culture war? (6:45); should everyone have kids? (8:50); how has feminism replaced femininity? (11:05); the problematic fertility industry (14:45); how did feminism go wrong? (21:40); why do so many women reject their unique powers? (30:15); how has feminism eliminated women? (34:45); the loss of womanhood and the identity crisis facing young girls today (37:35); the most damaging lie of all—that loveless sex is empowerment (42:20); Chekhov’s Gun and the problem with the pill (45:35); the horrors of the IUD device (53:40); the growing problem of porn (57:35); was the demise of marriage part of the feminist plan? (1:01:45); how to convince a pro-choice person to rethink abortion (1:06:30); the childcare industrial complex—should daycare be used as often as it is? (1:12:30); the broken education system in the US (1:20:45); the radical indoctrination of the medical industry (1:25:15); the danger of dating apps and their effect on society (1:30:05); five ways to reclaim parental authority (1:33:45); how to become a domestic extremist (1:35:45). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.​
104:30 9/28/23
The End of Woman? How Smashing the Patriarchy Has Destroyed Us with Carrie Gress
Who is responsible for murdering the wonder of womanhood? Despite what many would like to believe, “smashing the patriarchy” and promoting the ideology of feminism doesn’t empower women—it erases women. After 50 years of radical feminism our culture today cannot even define what is a woman. And still, feminists cling to their illusions of liberation. Today’s guest, Carrie Gress, punctures the myths of feminism, claiming that only a rediscovery of true womanhood can pull our society back from the brink.For more information on receiving The End of Woman: How Smashing the Patriarchy Has Destroyed Us for your partnering gift, please click here.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-flyer-resource-the-end-of-woman-how-smashing-the-patriarchy-has-destroyed-us/Topics discussed include: Why has feminism tried to eradicate the unique femininity of women? (4:30); how has smashing the patriarchy destroyed women? (7:25); what does it mean that our culture can no longer define what a woman is? (11:05); the ABC’s of feminism—abortion, birth control and casual sex (14:00); why hasn’t feminism been challenged? (16:05); is feminism the most powerful brand in the world? (17:30); the lost girls—the broken women at the roots of feminism (20:00); the overwhelming significance of the French Revolution on our world today—including feminism (22:30); the connection between feminism, transgenderism and Frankenstein (23:50); the role that romanticism played in the widescale adoption of feminism (26:40); the problematic history of first wave feminism (30:50); the connection between abolitionism and feminism—the early stages of race and gender issues we find with critical race theory (36:45); what was the impact of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan? (38:55); the connection between feminism and Marxism (42:15); the connection between feminism and lesbianism (45:15); the radical litany of Kate Millett and how it has influenced our culture today (46:50); The Frankfurt School, Cultural Marxism and CRT (49:05); birth control—the disastrous consequences of the pill (54:05); the evolution of abortion—from safe, legal and rare to celebrating abortion (56:00); the mean girls—feminists in power today controlling the cultural narrative (57:30); is the essence of feminism the preaching of discontent and resentment to women? (1:01:45); John Money and the invention of gender identity (1:04:45); the connection between birth control and gay marriage (1:07:20); the radical redefinition of words today (1:08:55); the radically deformative realities of gender transitions (1:11:30); how do cultures die? with the absence of monogamy, faith and reason (1:16:45); who are the flyover women and why do they give Carrie Gress hope? (1:19:25); the unique wonder of womanhood—why have so many women forgotten their superpower? (1:21:25); how important is gender differentiated parenting? (1:22:45); is it possible to redefine and reclaim feminism? (1:24:30). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
87:24 9/12/23
Yeonmi Park Escaped North Korea, Has a Warning for America While Time Remains
Yeonmi Park had little or no education before escaping North Korea. When she began studying at Columbia university, she was shocked by the similarities between the indoctrination taking place in American universities and the propaganda she experienced in the North Korean dictatorship. Having escaped North Korea, Yeonmi Park has a deep appreciation for American liberty and wants to remind us of the fragility of freedom, and what we must do to preserve it while time remains.For more information on receiving her books While Time Remains: A North Korean Defector’s Search for Freedom in America and In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-while-time-remains-a-north-korean-defectors-search-for-freedom-in-america-and-in-order-to-live-a-north-korean-girls-journey-to-freedom/Topics discussed include: Why is Yeonmi Park thankful to have been born in North Korea? (3:30); what is it like to live in North Korea? (5:15); North Korea is the world’s largest concentration camp (6:50); the difference between North Korea and South Korea illustrates the importance of political ideologies and systems (7:40); what is Juche? the state ideology of North Korea and the official ideology of the Workers’ Party of Korea (13:50); the cult of Kim Jong Un—how does North Korea maintain it’s power over the people? (16:00); what motivates Yeonmi Park to speak out against North Korea and the rise of authoritarianism in America? (18:35); why the indoctrination in American universities reminds Yeonmi Park of propaganda in North Korea (24:40); how should we respond to threats to freedom in America today? (26:45); the importance of reading and critical thinking (30:25); the problematic cultural capture by American elites (33:40); the case for capitalism (36:35); should Americans be more concerned about the threats posed by China? (39:15); why does China support North Korea? (43:05); how powerful is North Korea? the significant threat of North Korea to the world (45:35); the difference between leftism and liberalism (48:30); how dangerous is Critical Race Theory? (51:20); the catalytic assault that exposed the madness of crowds to Yeonmi Park and inspired her to write While Time Remains (53:30); is there hope for a free American civilization? (56:00); the control China has over America (58:35); the importance of parenting and education (1:00:40); what happens when a society loses respect for the truth? (1:04:45); the terror of cancel culture and the dictatorship of the mind (1:06:20); despite being raped and sold into slavery Yeonmi Park’s mother is the happiest person she knows because she understands the importance of gratitude (1:10:00); “Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times” (1:14:10). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
80:02 8/24/23
The Toxic War on Masculinity with Nancy Pearcey
The world would be better off without men—especially men with “toxic masculinity.” While the culture might tell you this is true, Dr. Nancy Pearcey takes the pervasive premise of toxic masculinity to task in her tour de force The Toxic War on Masculinity and joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss why masculinity is not the problem that it is presented to be. Pearcey’s combination of thorough historical analysis and compelling research makes this a conversation that will radically alter the way that you view gender roles—showing how Christianity reconciles the sexes and exposing the war being waged against masculinity today for what it truly is—toxic. For more information on how to receive The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-toxic-war-on-masculinity-how-christianity-reconciles-the-sexes-love-thy-body-answering-hard-questions-about-life-and-sexuality-the-end-of-woman-how-smashing-the-patriarchy-has-wa/Topics discussed include: The Toxic War on Masculinity vs. “toxic masculinity” (4:15); how do we know Christianity is true? the importance of Christian apologetics (6:10); is masculinity toxic or a good thing? (11:00); what does it mean to be a good man? (13:30); are there real differences between men and women? (17:00); Oxytocin—the biological changes that take place in men when bonding with their children (20:15); the impact of pornography on toxic masculinity (23:30); what group of men are the most loving and caring husbands and fathers? (27:30); the paradox of Christian marriage—what headship really entails (33:30); how did Christianity revolutionize marriage? (38:10); how did the Industrial Revolution impact men as husbands and fathers? (45:15); why did so many women oppose the Women’s suffrage movement? (53:50); historically speaking abortion has been anti-woman—so how did pro-choice support become synonymous with pro-woman? (1:03:45); can we bring both men and women back into the home? the benefits of flex-work and working from home (1:06:45); debunking the romantic myth of the noble savage (1:11:00); the rise of liberalism, emotionalism and the subsequent rejection of the supernatural in religion (1:17:10); the true meaning of meekness (1:20:15); the role Darwinian evolution played in the degradation of both men and women (1:21:40); the moral bankruptcy of materialism (1:29:20); your view of God is what determines your view of masculinity (1:33:00); what makes men truly happy? (1:36:00); why is a proper perspective on masculinity so important? (1:38:15); the difference between fathers and dads (1:42:45); is there such a thing as toxic femininity? (1:45:45); the significance of having an authentic father (1:47:40). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
115:12 8/10/23
Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says with Edith Humphrey
In modern church history, Scripture is often pitted against tradition and vice versa. What does the Bible really say about Tradition? Prominent New Testament scholar Edith Humphrey, who understands the issue from both Protestant and Catholic/Orthodox perspectives, joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the importance of tradition, how Scripture and tradition are not in opposition but are necessarily and inextricably intertwined as God’s gift to the church. For more information on the resource Scripture and Tradition What the Bible Really Says, please click here.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-scripture-and-tradition-what-the-bible-really-says/Topics discussed include: Why is the relationship between Scripture and Tradition so important? (4:00); is sola scriptura biblical? (9:00); the difference between sola scriptura and prima scriptura (11:50); different views of Scripture and Tradition in the East and the West (13:55); the foundation and formation of the early Church and the Bible (18:20); Christians are more than just People of the Book (26:25); how did the Church give us the Bible? (29:45); is the biblical canon limited to written books alone? (34:25); addressing the differences in translations and the number of books included in the Bible (36:30); what does Holy Tradition have to say about the ordination of women? (43:35); the different translations of the word tradition in the Bible shows the fine line between interpretation and translation (49:50); why is tradition often viewed as primarily oral? (51:30); understanding the Book of Revelation (53:35); how do the prophets and traditions show us the real meanings of the Scriptures? (1:00:35); the significance of the Ecumenical councils on Holy Tradition and Canon law (1:05:10); the exaggerated claims of the Papacy that led to the Great Schism—the split between the Church in the East and the Church in the West (1:11:30); what is the significance of celibacy in the Christian faith? (1:19:30); why is it problematic to rewrite the Psalms as gender-neutral? (1:24:00); what is the difference between tradition and Holy Tradition? (1:26:20); the problems with re-gendering the language of Scripture (1:28:30); tradition is the life of the Church (1:31:00). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
95:49 7/27/23
Synergism and the Problem of Divine Hiddenness with Nathan Jacobs and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan
Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, is joined by Nathan Jacobs and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan for the first in a series of wide-ranging roundtable discussions. A professor, artist, author, philosopher, and filmmaker—Nathan Jacobs is Scholar in Residence of Philosophy and Religion in the Religion in the Arts in Contemporary Culture Program based in Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan is the author of dozens of books and the founder/president of GFA World—formerly Gospel for Asia—one of the largest outreach organizations in the world that focuses primarily on the 10-40 window in India and Asia. Metropolitan Yohannan is also the head of Believers Eastern Church. In this final episode of their roundtable discussion series they discuss such topics as: The Great Commission, synergism and the problem of divine hiddenness, reaching the NONES and more. For further information see Hank’s most recent book Truth Matters, Life Matters More, Nathan’s Jacobs Becoming Truly Human 2-disc set: 1 DVD and 1 Blu-Ray, and Metropolitan Yohannan books, Never Give Up and Revolutions in World Missions. Topics discussed include: Are Christians doing everything possible to fulfill the Great Commission? (0:15); the problem of divine hiddenness (8:10); listening to the religiously unaffiliated in our midst—the NONES (12:15); the importance of seeing our one another as icons of Christ (20:45); how should Christians view persecution of Christians in the West? (25:30). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
34:12 7/13/23
A Western Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology with Eve Tibbs
Despite being the second largest Christian communion globally, Eastern Orthodox Theology is unknown or misunderstood for most people living in the West. When Hank Hanegraaff joined the Eastern Orthodox Church, many were left wondering what it is that Eastern Orthodox Christians actually believe.In A Basic Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology: Introducing Beliefs and Practices, Dr. Eve Tibbs has written the preeminent resource for a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the beliefs and practices of the Eastern Orthodox Church for Western readers. Tibbs has devoted her career to translating the Orthodox faith to an evangelical audience and has over twenty years of experience teaching this material to students. She joins Hanegraaff to discuss the basic ideas of Eastern Orthodox Christianity—from its origins at Pentecost to the present day.To learn more about receiving A Basic Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology: Introducing Beliefs and Practices for your partnering gift please click here.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-a-basic-guide-to-eastern-orthodox-theology-introducing-beliefs-and-practices/Topics discussed include: Orthodox Christianity is a well-kept secret in the West (4:50); the three distinct branches of Christianity that came as a result of schism (7:10); the emphasis on mystery in Eastern Orthodoxy (10:10); the Orthodox term to describe Salvation—Theosis (11:45); what is Apophatic (negative) theology? (17:15); the communal importance of the Church and the centrality of the Eucharist (22:30); how Orthodox architecture corresponds to Orthodox Theology (26:35); what is the significance of liturgy? (28:25); what does it mean to be made in the image AND likeness of God? (31:25); the interrelated nature of Holy Tradition and Holy Scripture (33:40); What is the Septuagint? (39:45); seeing the gospel—the significance reality of icons (43:30); Acts 15 shows the importance of a conciliar approach—the importance of the seven ecumenical councils (46:05); did we inherit Adam’s guilt? an Orthodox perspective on the fall of man (42:45); Mary the Mother of God, the Immaculate Conception and inherited guilt (56:10); the role of women in the Church (1:02:50); the sin of fratricide that caused the split between the Eastern and Western Christian Church (1:08:50); the meaning and importance of being Trinitarian (1:14:35); the significance of Confession in the Orthodox Church and how it compares to the practice in the Roman Catholic Church (1:16:25); infant baptism in the Orthodox Church—is baptism a gift? (1:19:45); the intentional meaning of the architecture and environment in the Orthodox Church (1:22:25); will the 21st century be the Orthodox Century? (1:26:25). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
91:05 6/29/23
Should We Fear AI? The Human Advantage with Jay Richards
Transgenderism is a gateway to transhumanism—both ideologies formed by the materialist myth that our culture has consumed which consequently shapes their hopes and fears for the future. There is no denying that Gender Ideology and Artificial Intelligence are reshaping the world as we know it—but how should Christians respond to these seismic changes in society? Jay Richards is an expert on both subjects and joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the dangers of gender ideology and the promise of AI. Should we fear AI? Richards believes that the AI hysteria is overblown and that the term Artificial Intelligence is the greatest marketing coup ever conceived of. To understand why machines will not replace us you have to understand why materialism is false, which is why Richards wrote The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines to bust the materialist myth. But, AI does pose real dangers and the only antidote to danger is virtue so Christians must respond by cultivating virtue in their lives and communities. While fears over AI are overblown, Richards believes that Gender ideology is the greatest assault on human nature ever devised. The threat is so immense that he is dedicated to fighting this insidious ideology and wrote the cover article to the Christian Research Journal dedicated to explaining everything you need to know about the cult of wokeism. Click here to learn about receiving this ‘Special Themed, Double Christian Research Journal Issue on The Greatest Assault on Human Nature Ever Devised: Everything You Need To Know About the Cult of Wokeism’ for your partnering gift. Topics discussed include: How materialism leads to the false anthropology of gender identity ideology (3:25); is DEI compatible with a Christian worldview? (7:50); the huge financial incentive behind transgender care for medical providers (13:30); does intersex condition prove that there are more than two sexes? (15:05); is gender ideology a pathway to transhumanism? (17:30); AI hysteria—AI is the greatest marketing strategy ever devised (19:15); Elon Musk and the Silicon Valley denial of consciousness (24:40); bold predictions about artificial intelligence (26:00); will machines have an ultimate advantage over humans? (27:30); the massive opportunities that AI represents (29:45); Moravec’s Paradox—the hard problems are easy and the easy problems are hard (34:15); the problem with most education programs today (38:50); the great advantages that AI represent in the medical world (40:30); debunking the lump of labor myth (42:20); what is critical thinking? (45:45); the key to the future is human virtue—what is virtue? why is virtue important? (48:00); why does virtue distinguish the human advantage over artificial intelligence found in machines (50:25); what is courage? (52:10); what is anti-fragility? why is anti-fragility a virtue? (56:05); are altruism and capitalism incompatible? myths and misunderstandings about what Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations (1:00:15); should we follow our passions? (1:06:20); the virtue of collaboration and Metcalfe’s law (1:13:40); freedom is the capstone virtue (1:18:00); what is the difference between weak artificial intelligence and strong artificial intelligence? (1:20:25); is the happy life a virtuous life? (1:27:25); how should AI be regulated? (1:29:10); the only antidote to danger is virtue and this is true for the problems posed by AI (1:33:10); to understand why machines will not replace us you have to understand why materialism is false—busting the materialist myth (1:34:35); the dangers of AI (1:36:45); how will AI change education? (1:39:00). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
103:18 6/15/23
The Woke Revolution—Christian Research Journal on Everything You Need to Know About the Cult of Wokeism
America is in the midst of a woke worldview war. An uprising against the Judeo-Christian ethic — against you, your children, and the very soul of Western Civilization. The woke worldview finds its roots in a contrived Marxist oppression dichotomy. In concert with previous insurrections, kids are the key targets. The new normal is extremism.In this edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast Hank discusses the Woke Revolution and the forthcoming special edition of the Christian Research Journal dedicated to explaining everything you need to know about the cult of wokeism. Click here to learn about receiving this ‘Special Themed, Double Christian Research Journal Issue on The Greatest Assault on Human Nature Ever Devised: Everything You Need To Know About the Cult of Wokeism’ for your partnering gift. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-special-themed-double-journal-issue-on-the-greatest-assault-on-human-nature-ever-devised-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-cult-of-wokeism-wa/Click here to read Hank's From the President in the forthcoming Journal. https://www.equip.org/articles/the-woke-revolution-and-the-demise-of-western-civilization/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
26:06 6/8/23
Humans Will Always Have the Advantage Over AI (Hank Unplugged Short)
Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, has been re-reading Jay Richards’ outstanding book, The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines. We so often swallow the skin of the truth stuffed with a big lie—in this case the myth that artificial intelligence will soon replace us. Richards shows that while AI certainly brings challenges, it also has its opportunities. And in this sense the age of AI is like the agrarian age, the industrial age, and the information age—they were all ages of opportunity. And the age of AI is ripe for doing only what human beings can bring to the table. Mind and creativity trumps matter. Machines are not aspirational and will not ever be able to do much of what human beings can do—parent, heal the broken hearted, produce homilies empowered by the Spirit of God. So why the hysteria? Because we in the West have swallowed the myth of materialism. Elon Musk questions whether there is such a thing as consciousness—emblematic of the myth that our minds are simply meaty machines. In reality, a machine will never be able to have first-person subjective experience. Self-awareness is, in principle, beyond AI. Richards quotes George Gilder: “The inability of modern techno-philosophers to grasp the difference between machines and human beings is a great trahison des clercs [treason of the clerks—intellectuals] of our time.”
06:23 6/1/23
Stolen Youth: How Radicals Are Erasing Innocence and Indoctrinating a Generation with Bethany Mandel
If you have children—or simply care about children—then you must listen to this episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. The book co-authored by guest Bethany Mandel, Stolen Youth: How Radicals Are Erasing Innocence and Indoctrinating a Generation, provides an urgent deep dive into issues surrounding the current woke indoctrination happening in politics, education, medicine, mental health, entertainment, and culture.These issues may seem subtle, insidious, and hard to make sense of, but armed with the right information we now have a framework from which to fight. While we may simply be trying to parent our children well and create a healthy and happy home environment, this is no longer enough. We must now go on the offense to protect our kids. We can no longer afford to stay ignorant. Our children’s lives and the survival of our families are at stake.For further information on how to receive Stolen Youth: How Radicals Are Erasing Innocence and Indoctrinating a Generation, for your partnering gift please click here.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-stolen-youth-how-radicals-are-erasing-innocence-and-indoctrinating-a-generation/ Topics discussed include: In praise of resiliency—the importance of embracing resiliency over victimhood (5:00); defining the word woke (7:30); the rising embrace of Marxism by many in the West (11:00); Stolen Youth—the growing attack against parents (13:00); never let a crisis go to waste—how the pandemic accelerated the issue of wokeness (16:00); the dangerous problem of apathy in our culture (18:30); “gender affirming care” as an example of the importance of effective messaging on key issues (22:25); the financial incentives behind many woke movements (24:10); between schools and TikTok, the insidious indoctrination of our children (25:20); Critial Race Theory, Critical Theory and the cultural Marxism being taught in our school systems (29:25); Universities are more concerned with teaching students what to think rather than how to think (32:00); the importance of raising critical thinkers (34:25); the downfall of Disney—how did such a wholesome and family friendly company become so woke? (38:45); the American Library Association and the power of librarians to indoctrinate our children (41:45); the mixed messages on motherhood in our culture today (47:45); reasons for hope in the midst of our current cultural moment (54:00); the perils of woke medicine—pediatrics is one of the most left-leaning sectors of the entire medical establishment (1:01:00); the breakdown of institutional trust (1:07:00); the transgender crusade and the subsequent sociological experiment being performed on children (1:09:00); why are parents allowing their children to be experimented on? (1:13:30); referring to pedophiles as MAPS—minor attracted persons—how did we get to the place where we have sexualized children and pedophilia is just another sexual orientation? (1:18:55); how the left has turned children into child soldiers to advance their ideology (1:21:55); how can we protect our children from absorbing the woke worldview (1:26:30); should you send your kids to public schools? (1:29:30).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
92:10 5/25/23
The Last Commandment of Christ: Reclaiming the Great Commission with Fr. Evan Armatas
Jesus’ last words to his disciples were “Go . . . and make disciples of all the nations” (Matt. 28:19-20). Unfortunately, many churches are struggling to follow this commandment. In his book Reclaiming the Great Commission, Fr. Evan Armatas offers a roadmap to help us get back on track. Fr. Evan joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the need for Christians to follow the last commandment of Christ and reclaim the Great Commission.Topics discussed include: A modern day parable that explains why the church today is often failing to fulfill the last commandment of Christ (2:30); are evangelism programs a waste of time? (9:00); what have evangelicals discovered in their pursuit of sharing the Gospel? (11:30); is evangelism often more caught than taught? (13:45); finding ways to get out of God’s way—what are the biggest barriers that the church has erected around itself? (17:20); the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster as an example of why the Church needs to focus on the little things (25:30); what can we learn from the candle stand? (28:00); going after the Greek festivals—the issue of imbalanced identity and why culture cannot become the defining characteristic of our churches (33:05); what does it take to maintain a healthy church? (43:30); the importance of having a clearly defined identity as a Christian (56:45); growth is a byproduct of a healthy church (1:03:45); faith and planning are not mutually exclusive—on spiritual laziness and the importance of planning (1:10:45); how important is it for a church to have a strategic plan? (1:13:30); resistance is part of transformation (1:17:45); how did Hank Hanegraaff get into ministry? (1:20:45); reclaiming the great commission by equipping leaders that lead to healthy churches (1:27:45); getting back to the basics of the Christian faith (1:32:15).For further information on how to receive Reclaiming the Great Commission: A Roadmap to Parish Health for your partnering gift please click here. For information on Fr. Armatas other book Toolkit for Spiritual Growth: A Practical Guide to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving for your partnering gift, please click here.Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
97:09 5/11/23
What Does True Worship Look Like? with Nathan Jacobs, Hank Hanegraaff, and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan
Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, is joined by Nathan Jacobs and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan for the fourth in a series of wide-ranging roundtable discussions. A professor, artist, author, philosopher, and filmmaker—Nathan Jacobs is Scholar in Residence of Philosophy and Religion in the Religion in the Arts in Contemporary Culture Program based in Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan is the author of dozens of books and the founder/president of GFA World—formerly Gospel for Asia—one of the largest outreach organizations in the world that focuses primarily on the 10-40 window in India and Asia. Metropolitan Yohannan is also the head of Believers Eastern Church.In this episode, they discuss such topics as: what true worship looks like, experiencing synergy with God, the authority of the Bible, Church Tradition and more.For further information see Hank’s most recent book Truth Matters, Life Matters More, Nathan’s Jacobs Becoming Truly Human 2-disc set: 1 DVD and 1 Blu-Ray, and Metropolitan Yohannan books, Never Give Up and Revolutions in World Missions. Topics discussed include: What does true worship look like? (3:05); what does it mean to become co-workers and experience synergy with God? (6:15); understanding the false dichotomy between faith and works (11:30); is the Bible the only source of authority for Christians? (28:00); understanding the practice of Church Traditions that have been handed down to us that precede the written Bible (39:15); should the Church change over time? (46:00).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
50:31 4/27/23
How Are Christians to Blame for the Demise of Western Civilization? with Nathan Jacobs, Hank Hanegraaff, and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan
Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, is joined by Nathan Jacobs and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan for the first in a series of wide-ranging roundtable discussions. A professor, artist, author, philosopher, and filmmaker—Nathan Jacobs is Scholar in Residence of Philosophy and Religion in the Religion in the Arts in Contemporary Culture Program based in Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan is the author of dozens of books and the founder/president of GFA World—formerly Gospel for Asia—one of the largest outreach organizations in the world that focuses primarily on the 10-40 window in India and Asia. Metropolitan Yohannan is also the head of Believers Eastern Church. In this episode, they discuss such topics as: losing Western Civilization, secular Christians, the crisis of belief found in cognitive minorities, what Christians can learn from Mormons, the importance of missions and more. For further information see Hank’s most recent book Truth Matters, Life Matters More.Topics discussed include: Are we losing Western Civilization? (:30); have Christians become too secular? on Peter Berger and the crisis of belief when people find themselves in a cognitive minority (3:15); revitalizing the Christian faith through missions (11:15); the Book of Acts as a blueprint for Pentecost today (29:40); what we can learn from the Parable of the rich man and Lazarus (36:30); what can Christians learn from Mormons? (41:10); how should Christians live their lives? Devoting your life to the Lord looks different for everyone (46:15); we will never know the extent to which the Lord is using our lives for His glory this side of eternity (52:40). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
58:22 4/13/23
How to Explain the True Story of the Universe and Our Place in it with Paul Gould
We all live our lives according to a story—a story that explains the universe and our place in it. But, how do we know if the story guiding the way that we live our lives is true? Dr. Paul Gould joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss his book, A Good and True Story: Eleven Clues to Understanding Our Universe and Your Place in it, in which Gould leads readers on an engaging journey through eleven clues that suggest Christianity is not only true but satisfies our deepest longings—explaining the foundations of Christian truth behind the universe, morality, happiness, pain, beauty, and more. The evidence for God is found everywhere in the universe, but that evidence needs to be rightly interpreted. Today’s episode will equip listeners to explain the true story of the world and our own place in it, showing that Christianity holds the most satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions. For more information on receiving Dr. Gould’s book A Good and True Story, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-a-good-and-true-story-cultural-apologetics-and-person-of-interest/Topics discussed include: Why did Paul Gould write A Good and True Story? (2:45); do we live our lives according to a story? (4:30); evidence for God is everywhere, but it needs to be rightly interpreted (6:45); what are the non-religious stories that explain our existence? discussing scientism, materialism, atheism, nihilism and reductionism (9:15); what are the origins of the universe? (13:30); should the immensity of the universe inspire belief in God? (18:20); what is the nature of life? (22:40); how do we know that life is valuable? (26:30); how the Cambrian explosion uprooted Darwin’s Tree of Life (27:30); the current revolutions and shifts in evolutionary theory (30:50); does the modern world suffer from a nature deficit? (32:45); can materialism account for consciousness? (34:15); is there an objective moral order? what best explains morality? (38:40); the new phenomenon of nice nihilism (43:30); what is enchanted naturalism? (45:15); counterfeit happiness and the nature of true happiness (48:30); the problem of evil and the existence of God (52:00); has the logical problem of evil been solved? (54:40); is free will essential to what it means to be human? (57:15); can God do anything? (58:45); the evidential problem of evil (1:00:25); the significance of suffering in our lives (1:02:45); what is love? (1:05:00); how does the existence of love point to the existence of God? (1:07:00); the relationship between truth and beauty (1:10:00); what is the chief value of art? (1:15:00); what is religion? (1:16:45); why can’t all religions be true? (1:19:10); the story of Christianity is not only true, but it is a good story that satisfies our deepest longings (1:20:15); have you ever been disillusioned by the Christian worldview? (1:24:45). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
89:22 3/30/23
On Grace, Salvation and Prayer with Nathan Jacobs, Hank Hanegraaff, and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan
Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, is joined by Nathan Jacobs and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan for the first in a series of wide-ranging roundtable discussions. A professor, artist, author, philosopher, and filmmaker—Nathan Jacobs is Scholar in Residence of Philosophy and Religion in the Religion in the Arts in Contemporary Culture Program based in Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan is the author of dozens of books and the founder/president of GFA World—formerly Gospel for Asia—one of the largest outreach organizations in the world that focuses primarily on the 10-40 window in India and Asia. Metropolitan Yohannan is also the head of Believers Eastern Church. In this episode, they discuss such topics as: the importance of putting our Christian faith into practice, the meaning of grace, misunderstanding salvation, how we pray, why so many Western Christians seem to be lost and more. For further information see Hank’s most recent book Truth Matters, Life Matters More, Nathan’s Jacobs Becoming Truly Human 2-disc set: 1 DVD and 1 Blu-Ray, and Metropolitan Yohannan books, Never Give Up and Revolutions in World Missions. Topics discussed include: What do Christians mean when they talk about grace? distinguishing between the essence of God and the energies of God and why that matters (2:45); the dangers of misunderstanding salvation (15:35); the Jesus Prayer, hesychasm and the significance of praying with our soul, mind and body (26:10); empty repetition (34:25); Hank Hanegraaff’s acronym of THEOSIS (38:00); why do so many Western Christians seem to be lost? (45:00).
55:08 3/16/23
Toolkit for Spiritual Growth: A Practical Guide to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving with Fr. Evan Armatas
In the greatest sermon ever preached—The Sermon on the Mount—Christ provides us with the three-legged stool of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that is axiomatic for living the Christian life of experiencing an ever-deepening union with God. As we observe the Lord’s example it is evident that in order to grow in our faith it is essential that we devote our lives to developing these disciplines in our daily lives. Fr. Evan Armatas refers to these disciplines as a “spiritual toolkit” and joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the fundamentals of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in a conversation that is both practical and profound. For further information on how to receive Toolkit for Spiritual Growth: A Practical Guide to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving for your partnering gift, please click here.Topics discussed include: Jesus taught us to practice prayer, fasting and almsgiving in His Sermon on the Mount (1:00); what is the purpose of prayer? (7:20); what is the eye of the soul? Exploring the idea of the “nous” (10:25); who do we pray to when we pray? the importance of understanding Trinitarian prayer (12:10); should we only practice extemporaneous prayer? the importance of praying written prayers and praying in a liturgical fashion (16:30); the little church—the importance of having a prayer corner in our homes (24:00); can tending to a vigil lamp can change your life? (34:30); what should we do with our body while we pray? (37:35); creation and incarnation –matter matters (40:45); what is the significance of almsgiving? almsgiving is not something we do, but it is something we become (47:00); what is toxic charity and how can we avoid it? (55:45); the way that the liturgical calendar of the Church can aid us in our spiritual growth (59:10); the liturgical calendar walks you through the life of Christ throughout the year (1:06:45); why is fasting an important practice for every Christian? (1:09:45); the importance of building spiritual disciplines over time (1:17:30); why are so many modern Christians hesitant to embrace the spiritual discipline of fasting (1:20:30); the four seasons of fasting for Christians (1:23:00); Christianity is about setting patterns of practice that reorient our lives towards an eternal process of growing closer to God (1:27:50); the joyful sorrow of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (1:32:50). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
100:04 3/2/23
How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for 5 Modern Crises with Spencer Klavan
Western Culture is in a state of crisis. Objective truth is replaced by virtual reality, humanity by “transhumanism,” meaning by meaninglessness, religion by whole-hearted devotion to scientism, and the republican government by the liberal internationalist regime. This cultural chaos inevitably leads to the question—Can the West be saved? On this episode of Hank Unplugged the Oxford-educated classicist Spencer Klavan joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss his new book How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for 5 Modern Crises https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-how-to-save-the-west-ancient-wisdom-for-5-modern-crises/in which Klavan identifies five “essential crises”: The Crisis of Reality, The Crisis of the Body, The Crisis of Meaning, The Crisis of Religion and The Crisis of Regime. Klavan’s deep understanding of the roots of Western civilization make him a trustworthy guide for those concerned about the future of Western civilization. The situation is dire. But every crisis we face today we have faced—and surmounted—before. For more information on How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for 5 Modern Crises and how to receive for your partnering gift, please click here.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-how-to-save-the-west-ancient-wisdom-for-5-modern-crises/Topics discussed include: Hank explains how he became familiar with Spencer Klavan’s work and their differences on human sexuality (:45); the crisis that ensues when we fail to communicate even when we disagree (7:25); how do we define Western Civilization? (9:35); does maintaining the traditions of Western Civilization matter? (13:45); are we experiencing a reality crisis? (19:30); if you can’t tell what is real or fake, then how can you determine good vs. evil? (24:30); what is reality privilege? (29:00); the connection between Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse and Plato’s Cave (32:45); the crisis of the body, consciousness and the soul (37:00); the purely fabricated notion of gender (43:00); the slippery slope from transgenderism to transhumanism (45:45); the state of our culture wars and the crisis of meaning (49:15); where do the rules of reality come from for a materialist? (53:45); the new religions of scientism and social justice (59:50); the disservice that the Enlightenment did to Western Civilization (1:04:50); the modern infatuation with the multiverse theories (1:09:10); why most people do not have the courage to live according to their convictions (1:13:45); the mythology that follows in the wake of science—the problem with science trying to answer questions that it was never designed to ask (1:17:20); our current political crisis is a crisis of civic love (1:20:05); the bright side of technology (1:30:00); how can we save the West? (1:31:35). NOTE: Hank Hanegraaff and the Christian Research Institute hold to the historic Christian orthodox view of marriage and sexuality; namely, that marriage is the exclusive, permanent, and comprehensive union of one man and one woman, the proper end of which is the bearing and rearing of children (Girgis, Anderson, George, What Is Marriage? Encounter Books; 1st Edition (December 11, 2012 ). Indeed, biblical marriage and sexuality constitute essential teaching of the faith—not an area about which Christians can simply agree to disagree. Nonetheless, professing Christians who have strong disagreements on primary doctrines can work together as cobelligerents on common cause issues. Guest Spencer Klavan, who is married to a man, brings brilliant scholarship and deep understanding to bear on the specific areas addressed in his book, How to Save the West, and the Hank Unplugged/Bible Answer Man conversation. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin from another context, we either hang together against the common threats to society or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. In not allowing the perfect to become the enemy of the good, it is our prayer and hope that Hank’s modeling of an uncomfortable conversation will benefit all listeners. For further study, see Scott Klusendorf, “Should Christians Be Cobelligerents in Ecumenical Coalitions?,” Christian Research Journal 29, 03 (2006), and Rev. Matthew M. Kennedy, “Marriage is about the Gospel: Clarifying the Boundaries of Christian Orthodoxy,” Christian Research Journal 45, 2/3 (2022): 16–23.Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
99:12 2/14/23
Why are you a Christian? The Hope of Christianity with Nathan Jacobs and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan.
Hank Hanegraaff is joined by Nathan Jacobs and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan for the first in a series of wide-ranging roundtable discussions. A professor, artist, author, philosopher and filmmaker—Nathan Jacobs is Scholar in Residence of Philosophy and Religion in the Religion in the Arts in Contemporary Culture Program based in Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan is the author of dozens of books and the founder/president of GFA World—formerly Gospel for Asia—one of the largest outreach organizations in the world that focuses primarily on the 10-40 window in India and Asia. Metropolitan Yohannan is also the head of Believers Eastern Church. They discuss such topics as: why they are Christians, the misunderstood concept of mystery in the Christian faith, Orthodox anthropology, the hope found in Christianity and more. For further information see Hank’s most recent book Truth Matters, Life Matters More.Topics discussed include: Why are you a Christian? (9:10); why do we need the church? an argument for the church as the epicenter of the universe (27:10); the often misunderstood role of mystery in the Christian faith (38:50); differences between Eastern and Western theology (47:15); Orthodox anthropology is about more than merely being saved—it is about theosis (59:05); salvation as progressive transformation as opposed to punctiliar and transactional (1:13:10); the problem with making the Bible an end to itself as opposed to a means (1:19:45); what is the hope of Christianity? (1:26:00). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
92:57 1/31/23
Significance of the Redefinition of Marriage (Hank Unplugged Short)
Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, explains why the redefinition of marriage is such a serious matter. In the considered opinions of such great western philosophers as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, marriage was seen as a relationship between men and women. Indeed, in the Judeo-Christian tradition marriage has always been rooted in the dual, gender-distinct nature of humanity. As such, intercourse consummates marriage as a multifaceted mystery in which two people are forged together as one flesh. In mysterious union, a man and a woman procreate children fashioned in the image and likeness of their Creator. Marriage, however, is even more profound than procreation and paradisiacal pleasure—it is a mysterious parable of Christ and His church. The union of two people a poignant portrait of the unity of Christ and His bride. The parable has its roots in Genesis and bears ultimate fruit in Revelation. There are essentially three building blocks of civil society—marriage, church, government—resting atop the foundation of human life. Of the three none is more significant than marriage. The ABC’S—Anthropology: women and men enjoy strategic complementarity; as such, both are essential in the rearing of children. Biology: sexual reproduction requires male and female. Civics: Redefining marriage opens Pandora’s Box and spells the death knell to civil society.
07:20 1/10/23