Category: The Mind Renewed with Julian Charles

The Mind Renewed : Thinking Christianly in a New World Order is a Podcast and Website dedicated to understanding the world in which we live from a Christian worldview perspective.

We are acutely conscious of propaganda in the mainstream media, and of the bewildering mass of information in the alternative media – some of it reliable, much of it not. We therefore seek to address matters of concern to people (whether they be ‘people of faith’ or none) in an unsensational and informed fashion, in the hope that truth will be uncovered and that bridges will be built between people through greater understanding.

Therefore, whether it be the Surveillance State, the threat of Global Government, False-Flag Terrorism, the danger of New Religious Movements (NRMs), or any other issue too often ignored by the institutional church, The Mind Renewed analyses, interprets and critiques from a Christian worldview perspective.

And in all that we do, we call upon our listeners to lay aside preconceptions, and embrace an openness of mind that seeks to follow the truth wherever it may lead. In the words of Paul from the New Testament:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds…” (Romans 12:2, New Revised Standard Version)

TMR 182 : Alan “Howling Laud” Hope : The Official Monster Raving Loony Party

“Vote for insanity! You know it makes sense.”—OMRLP

We are joined by Alan “Howling Laud” Hope, the current leader of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party, for an entertaining—yet oddly illuminating—conversation on the history, aims and achievements of the UK’s most well-known unconventional political party.

In 1999, following the death of the party’s founder Screaming Lord Sutch—(who had led the party through its previous incarnations, such as “National Teenage Party” and “Go To Blazes Party”)—OMRLP members voted for their new leader, choosing jointly a cat called Cat-Mandu and his owner Alan “Howling Laud” Hope. Although Cat-Mandu died in 2002 and now serves as one of the party’s “spiritual leaders”, “Howling Laud” proudly continues as the UK’s longest-serving party leader. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 181 : Adeyinka Makinde : The Pan-Islamic Option (Part Two : Historical Background)

We are joined by the lawyer and university lecturer Adeyinka Makinde for the second instalment of a two-part interview centring in his recent article, “The Pan-Islamic Option : The West’s Part in the Creation and Sustaining of Islamist Terror”.

In this second part we discuss some of the historical background to the West’s use and support of violent Islamist groups, looking at examples of German, British and US policy since the early days of the Twentieth Century.

Adeyinka Makinde trained for the law as a barrister. He lectures in criminal law and public law at a university in London, and has an academic research interest in intelligence & security matters. He is a contributor to a number of websites for which he has written essays and commentaries on international relations, politics and military history. He has served as a programme consultant and provided expert commentary for BBC World Service Radio, China Radio International and the Voice of Russia. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 180 : Adeyinka Makinde : The Pan-Islamic Option (Part One : Recent Years)

“I don’t know if they turned a blind eye; I think it was a decision, a wilful decision.”—Mike Flynn

We are joined once again by the lawyer and university lecturer Adeyinka Makinde for the first instalment of a two-part interview centring in his recent article, “The Pan-Islamic Option : The West’s Part in the Creation and Sustaining of Islamist Terror”.

In this first part we discuss indications in recent years of the West’s use and support of violent Islamist groups for the purposes of advancing geopolitical goals, with reference to speeches, interviews and emails associated with people in high office, and position papers by influential think tanks.

Adeyinka Makinde trained for the law as a barrister. He lectures in criminal law and public law at a university in London, and has an academic research interest in intelligence & security matters. He is a contributor to a number of websites for which he has written essays and commentaries on international relations, politics and military history. He has served as a programme consultant and provided expert commentary for BBC World Service Radio, China Radio International and the Voice of Russia. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 179 : Laura Maxwell : From Luciferian Spiritualism to Christ

We welcome the spiritual counsellor and radio host Laura Maxwell, who joins us to share her dramatic testimony of coming to faith in Jesus Christ after having once been involved in Luciferian spiritualism.

“As a spiritual counsellor, Laura is honoured that her work is shared worldwide via satellite TV, radio, books, magazines and online. She and her mother were taught that Lucifer is god when involved in New Age spiritualism. She now exposes the Globalist Agenda—the elite NWO cabal—from her inside knowledge of Luciferianism and Theosophy. She hosts a show on Eternal Radio, interviewing ex-occultists about their Christian conversion stories and their outreach to those still involved in the New Age, cults and the Occult. She is the founder of the international ministry Our Spiritual Quest, based in Scotland.”—Laura Maxwell (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 178 : Joshua Wisley : Eschaton, Singularity and the Mark of the Beast

“What, then, is the Singularity? It’s a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.”—Ray Kurzweil

We are joined by Joshua Wisley of the excellent new Eschaton podcast for a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion on his work and on the subject of the Technological Singularity in relation to Biblical prophecy.

“Joshua Wisley is the host of Eschaton, a new podcast that explores ancient wisdom and spiritual mysteries through the lens of the modern world and attempts to offer fresh insight into age-old questions. The self-prescribed mission of the show is to turn conventional understanding and popular teachings on their head whenever it becomes necessary to do so. The show also provides its own unique spin on some of the other pressing issues of our time, such as geopolitics, supernatural encounters, and modern religious practices. Joshua holds degrees from Cairn University and Villanova University, where he studied comparative religion, philosophy, and business management (respectively). He lives in the northeastern region of the United States with his wife and two children.”—J. Wisley (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 176 : Dr. Kyle Greenwood : Scripture and Cosmology

We are joined by Dr. Kyle Greenwood, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Language at Colorado Christian University, for a discussion on his thought-provoking yet controversial book Scripture and Cosmology : Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science. Christians often claim to hold a biblical worldview, but what about a biblical […]

TMR 176 : Dr. Kyle Greenwood : Scripture and Cosmology

We are joined by Dr. Kyle Greenwood, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Language at Colorado Christian University, for a discussion on his thought-provoking yet controversial book Scripture and Cosmology : Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science.

Christians often claim to hold a biblical worldview, but what about a biblical cosmos view? In Genesis, argues Dr. Greenwood, we encounter a solid dome above the earth—a “firmament”—like the ceiling of a planetarium. The language of the Bible is also that of the ancient Near Eastern palace, temple and hearth; there was no other way of thinking about earth, sky, sun, moon and stars.

But Dr. Greenwood explains how faithful Christian thinkers down the ages have engaged with new cosmologies—from Aristotelian to Copernican and beyond—while continuing in the light of Scripture; a tradition of interpretation, he argues, that can illuminate our own endeavours to understand the relationship between Scripture and God’s world. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 173 : Dr. Robert J. Marks II : Evolutionary Informatics

We are frequently told that Neo-Darwinian theory is true, and that there are robust mathematical models that demonstrate that fact. But is that really so?

This week we are joined by Dr. Robert J. Marks II, Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Baylor University, for a discussion on his newly-published book, Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics, co-authored with the mathematician and philosopher Dr. William A. Dembski and the research scientist and software engineer Dr. Winston Ewert.

Drawing upon his and his colleagues’ work on information theory, and their analyses of naturalistic evolutionary models, Dr. Marks argues that there are logical limits to what such evolutionary algorithms can accomplish and that none of the vaunted models lives up to the claims made about it. Rather, each exhibits some form of “active information” unwittingly contributed by the “domain expertise” of its designers, thus (somewhat ironically) serving to further the case for intelligent design in nature. Dr. Marks also addresses AI (artificial intelligence) and argues, contrary to many voices today, that computers will never rise to the heights of human consciousness and creativity.

Dr. Marks’s eponymous honours include the Zhao-Atlas-Marks (ZAM) time-frequency distribution in the field of signal processing, the Cheung–Marks theorem in Shannon sampling theory and the Papoulis-Marks-Cheung (PMC) approach in multidimensional sampling. He was instrumental in defining the field of computational intelligence, and with his colleagues developed the temporal convolutional neural network, widely used in deep learning. In 2013 he was listed among “The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today” by TheBestSchools.org. A Christian since 1970, Marks is married with three children, three grandchildren, two dogs and a “stupid horse”.(For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 171 : Dr. Paul Craig Roberts : Trump Is Over

“I think that the Trump presidency is already over. I’m not even sure he qualifies as a figurehead.”—PCR We are joined once again by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary to the Treasury for Economic Policy, for a discussion on the Trump presidency so far. Dr. Roberts assesses the performance of the new president and his administration with reference to pre-election promises; shares with us his view that the deep state has effectively neutralised Donald Trump as US president; gives his reaction to the so-called “Syrian gas attack” in Idlib, and the subsequent military action by the US against Syria; and considers the very real prospects for war as Washington steps up its warmongering around the globe. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 170 : Campbell Adams : Yarndling – A Life in Chorns

“The best news is, that we have safely found Our king and company; the next, our ship—Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split—Is as tightly yarndled and bravely rigg’d as when We first put out to sea.”—The Tempest, William Shakespeare

This week we welcome the writer, educator and expert yarndler Campbell Adams, who joins us for an in-depth conversation on the ancient art of yarndling. (We are also grateful to the historian Dr. Chris Taverstock of New College, Cambridge, for his invaluable contribution to this programme.)

Campbell Adams was for many years President of the Ancient Order of Yarndlers in Walberswick, Suffolk, where he lives with his common-law wife and their twelve hairless cats. His books include Looking Through Binoculars at Yarndling (1987), Yarndlers in High Places (1995) and the controversial I Was Forced to Yarndle (2005). He has lectured on yarndling in schools and colleges across the UK and is researching his latest book, entitled Never Too Old to Sing the Yarndling Blues, an overview of yarndling folksongs from mediaeval times until 1967. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 169 : Blue Suede Truths (with Antony Rotunno & Julian Charles)

In what may be the only conversation on the planet that unites Country Joe & the Fish, The Beatles, John Cage, Cassetteboy and The George W. Bush Singers, we welcome back Antony Rotunno, teacher, blogger and free thinker for a relaxed, entertaining and music-filled conversation on the power of music to challenge thought and perception in the pursuit of truth.

Following on from our earlier conversation on “Truth Comedy”, we this time discuss the power of music to reveal political, social and inner truths, by considering two contrasting—and yet in some ways complementary and inter-related—C20th musical traditions: the outward-challenging protest song, and the inward-challenging musical avant-garde. We also discuss some issues in aesthetics and consider the relationship between the so-called “Truth Movement” and the arts. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)