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 164 : Tom Secker : On the False-Flag Exercise Theory

Popular in alt-media circles, though seldom explicitly stated as an argument, the False-Flag Exercise Hypothesis promotes the idea that the coincidence of official training exercises or drills with major terror attacks somehow proves—or at least heavily suggests—that these events are instances of state-sponsored false-flag terrorism. But exactly how is this argument supposed to go?

To discuss the question we welcome back Tom Secker of, writer, researcher, fim-maker and creator of the excellent podcast ClandesTime, who guides us through the idea’s history in military deception techniques, considers its role as a popular—but, in his view, largely mistaken—conspiracy theory and assesses the extent to which it has been encouraged through state-sponsored mass entertainment.

Subjects include: The Bay of Pigs, Operation Northwoods, Operation Gladio, The Russian Apartment Bombings, 9/11, 7/7 and The Boston Bombings. (For show notes please visit

The Mind Renewed 163 : Dr. Martin Erdmann : Christianity in Conflict with American Civil Religion

“American Civil Religion is the most effective rival religion to true Christianity in the US”—Martin Erdmann

This week we welcome back theologian and lecturer Dr. Martin Erdmann, Director of the Verax Institute in Greenville, South Carolina, for a challenging yet enlightening discussion on the important subject of American Civil Religion and its unhappy relationship to true Christianity.

As a fish is unaware of the water in which it swims, so the majority of Americans do not perceive that there exists in the US today a state religion, incompatible with true Christianity, yet not openly opposed to it. Feeding on the many symbols, events, ideals and heroes of America’s history and public life, and borrowing from the language and metaphors of Christianity, this state religion vies for the allegiance of every citizen.

Arguing that every state cultivates its own particular brand of civil religion, Dr. Erdmann encourages us to stand firm when our allegiance to Christ is challenged by the state, and advises us to remain vigilant as we approach the days of a global civil religion. (For show notes please visit

TMR 162 : The Fireside Nephilim Boys Reloaded – Happy New Year !

What if the moon is really a hologram? How many memes can dance on the head of a pin? Why hasn’t Frank Johnson been abducted by the Nephilim Fairies? How many thylacines does it take to change a light bulb?

To kick off 2017 here at TMR we welcome back high-ranking members of The Fireside Nephilim Boys, a semi-secret society and multinational think-tank affiliated to Like Flint Radio, for another friendly and entertaining New Year roundtable chat. Joining together from diverse regions of the globe we look back over the last year and discuss pretty much anything that managed to get our collective goats during 2016.

Join us—Garth Kennedy (Australia), Frank Johnson (US), Cliff Garner (US), Jeff Goldblum’s Laugh (US) and Yours Truly (UK)—as we discuss these and many other subjects and put the world to rights in just under ninety minutes. (For show notes please visit

TMR 158 : Being There (with James Corbett & Julian Charles)

As a way of “checking in” with listeners before TMR “returns to the [digital] airwaves” properly next week—following my “paternity leave” away from the show—I take the opportunity to share a recent conversation I had with James Corbett. James kindly invited me onto The Corbett Report to discuss the great film Being There as part of his ongoing podcast series, Film, Literature and the New World Order.

“Julian Charles of joins us to discuss Being There, the 1979 film by director Hal Ashby that follows the story of Chance the Gardener, a simple man with no experience of the outside world who is suddenly thrust onto the national political stage. Despite his complete lack of knowledge and experience (or precisely because of it) the powers behind the scenes float him as a potential candidate for next president of the United States. So is this a reflection of political reality, or broad satire? What does the movie tell us about the way modern media shapes the political landscape? Find out in this edition of Film, Literature and the New World Order.”—James Corbett (For show notes please visit

TMR 157 : James Perloff : The Lusitania – False Flag at Sea?

“The manœuvre which brings an ally into the field is as serviceable as that which wins a great battle.”—Churchill *

This week, as part of our false-flag series, we are joined by the author James Perloff for a discussion on the Lusitania, the famous British ocean liner that was sunk by a German submarine in 1915. Was the Lusitania—and the 1198 passengers and crew who perished with her—simply the victim of a German U-boat torpedo attack? Or did the British government deliberately place the Lusitania in jeopardy in order to attract a German attack in the hope of bringing America into WWI?

James Perloff is author of The Shadows of Power (an exposé of the Council on Foreign Relations that has sold over 100,000 copies), Tornado in a Junkyard and The Case Against Darwin (each challenging Darwinian evolution theory), and most recently Truth Is a Lonely Warrior (investigating the dark spiritual forces behind the drive for world government). For nearly three decades he wrote for The New American magazine. (For show notes please visit

TMR 156 : “Grill a Christian on TMR” – Q&A with David Robertson

“Who made God?”—”Are the Bible’s miracles all made up?”—”Does God see us when we visit the bathroom?”

This week we welcome David Andrew Robertson, minister of St. Peter’s Free Church, Dundee and Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, who joins us for a thought-provoking and entertaining Q&A on Christianity, theism and the Bible. Without any prior warning as to what’s coming up, David responds to questions—from the challenging to the just-plain-quirky—based on emails and comments that have come into TMR over the last couple of years.

“David is the minister of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, Scotland (a church that is best known for being the church of Robert Murray McCheyne). He is the author of Awakening (a contemporary account of McCheyne’s life), The Dawkins Letters, Magnificent Obsesssion and Engaging with Atheists. He writes regularly for The Scotsman and Christianity Today. David enjoys reading prolifically, playing chess and sampling fine whisky. David is married to Annabel and they have three children: Andrew, Becky and Emma Jane.” (For show notes please visit

TMR 155 : Dr. Paul Craig Roberts : On Syria & Washington’s Psychopathic WWIII Gamble

“People say, ‘Oh the Cold War’s started again.’ You hear this constantly from pundits. I wish the Cold War would come back, because the Cold War was very carefully managed; tensions were reduced. We’ve got the opposite of a Cold War; we’ve got tensions increased beyond any level they ever existed before.”—PCR

We welcome once again Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary to the Treasury for Economic Policy, who joins us to discuss the increasingly dangerous geopolitical tensions focused upon Syria. Dr. Roberts argues that unless the European peoples wake up and refuse to co-operate with Washington’s insane neocon policy of “world hegemony”—a co-operation that helps facilitate Washington’s illegal wars around the globe—the result will almost inevitably be a thermonuclear WWIII: a war that can have no winners. (For show notes please visit

TMR 154 : John Booth : Fifteen Years on from 9/11

“The 9/11 terrorists were not just lucky once; they were lucky over and over again.”—Mindy Kleinberg (9/11 widow)

This week we are joined by the Yorkshire-born journalist, educator, photographer and political activist John Booth, whose career in journalism has included working for news organisations in Africa, the US and the UK.

John joins us to share something of his intellectual journey into questioning, and then investigating, the events of 9/11, and to discuss his excellent new article recently published by Lobster magazine, “Fifteen Years on from 9/11”.

John Booth currently writes for Lobster — — and LAFZ, the magazine for Pakistani diaspora — — and is a founder member of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. (For show notes please visit

TMR 153 : Mike Hopkins : A Survivor of the New Apostolic Reformation

“It is not new, it is not apostolic, and it is not a reformation”—John MacArthur *

This week we welcome Mike Hopkins of Fight The Lies Radio, who joins us to discuss the so-called “New Apostolic Reformation”, a new religious movement within Christianity that combines (among other things) hyper-charismatic worship, ostensibly-authoritative “apostles” and “prophets”, and dominionist teachings.

In the second half Mike shares with us his, and his wife Kelli’s, experience of having once been heavily involved in a NAR congregation—an experience characterised by increasing discomfort, leading to their eventual decision to leave in search of a different, more biblically-faithful, church.

“Mike Hopkins was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, in the USA. In 2005, he accepted Messiah Yeshua. He has a thirst for truth and for bringing that truth to all who are willing to hear. He and his wife Kelli have recently begun hosting their own podcasts. Mike currently works in the tech industry. He currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and Kayla, their Boston Terrier.” (For show notes please visit

TMR 152 : Dr. Krish Kandiah : PARADOXOLOGY

“Christianity was never meant to be simple”—Kandiah

To begin this autumn’s season of programmes here at TMR, we welcome the author, activist and theologian Dr. Krish Kandiah, former President of the London School of Theology and Founding Director of Home for Good, a “young charity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children”.

Dr. Kandiah joins us to discuss his award-winning book, PARADOXOLOGY, which explores some of the difficult questions about the Christian faith and argues that it is often through wrestling with the paradoxes of faith that we learn about God.

Krish also introduces us to Books for Life, his inspiring new online media project aimed at encouraging people to engage with high-quality Christian literature through video interviews with well-known Christian leaders. (For show notes please visit

TMR 151 : Dr. Mitch Stokes : How to Be an Atheist

“Atheists talk a lot about the importance of scepticism, but the truth is they’re not nearly sceptical enough.”

So maintains our guest this week, Dr. Mitch Stokes, Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, and author of the new book How to Be an Atheist : Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough, published by Crossway (2016).

While atheists typically advocate a critical stance towards religion, few are willing to adopt a similar attitude towards their own beliefs. Such a double standard sometimes leads to over-confident claims about the certainty of the grounds for atheism—claims which are, at best, logically inconsistent, and, at worst, intellectually dishonest. Turning atheists’ scepticism around on their own naturalistic worldview, Mitch Stokes examines two things that such sceptics hold dear—science and morality—and reveals deep inconsistencies among their most cherished beliefs. (For show notes please visit

TMR 149 : John Massaria : I Love My Country But Hate What They Are Doing

This week, film-maker and political activist John Massaria joins us to introduce his new and compelling film project, I Love My Country But Hate What They Are Doing. Featuring interviews and personal statements by well-known activists such as Dr. Daniele Ganser, Tommy Hansen, Gerald Celente, Anthony Freda, Ken O’Keefe, Gary Franchi, Ray McGovern and Joe Rogan, John Massaria’s film crafts a challenging narrative of a country—the US, the country he loves—subservient to its military-industrial complex and addicted to war. Only by facing up this reality, and—(as Anthony Rotunno put it in a previous show)—”changing the discourse”, will there by any chance of turning the tide and steering the world in the direction of peace and goodwill. (For show notes please visit

TMR 148 : Anthony Freda : The Thoughtcrimes of Anthony Freda

This week we are joined by the talented visual artist and political activist Anthony Freda for a discussion on his approach to political art.

Based in Long Island, Freda works as an editorial illustrator, visual political activist and as part of the adjunct faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In addition to many mainstream clients, such as Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The New York Times, he has also earned a reputation as the go-to artist for many alternative news websites and publication, such as Code Pink, Activist Post, Washington’s Blog, Global Research, Cindy Sheehan’s The Soapbox and The Trends Journal. In 2006 Village Voice commissioned Freda to illustrate a story about people who challenge the official 9/11 narrative, which artwork has since become part of the permanent collection of the US National September 11th Museum in New York.

“Anthony Freda’s art is a flower in the barrel of a shotgun but a bullet in the mouth of politics. He is fearless and fierce and years from now, when we look back on this moment in history, his art will be an accurate snapshot.
A picture of what we should never forget lest history repeat itself. “—Ara Hawkins (For show notes please visit