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 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)

TMR 168 : Rev. Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright : Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”—Paul (Galatians 5:22f)

This week we welcome Rev. Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright for a conversation on his newly-published Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit : Growing in Christlikeness, a gem of a book exploring—in straightforward language, yet covering much theological ground—Paul’s teaching on how the indwelling of God’s Spirit in the believer can free us from both legalism and selfishness by helping us to grow more Christlike in character.

Christopher Wright is International Ministries Director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships, and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written many books including works on mission, ethics and bible commentaries. He is an ordained priest in the Church of England, and for many years served as academic dean and then principal of All Nations Christian College. He has chaired the Lausanne Theology Working Group, and is the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 165 : Steven Kozar : A Manifesto of Christian Discernment

“We will maintain a healthy skepticism towards all the big-name leaders in the church. We will check everything any pastor/teacher says against God’s Word, and when it comes to the most powerful, multimillionaire “Super Pastors,” we will assume the worst until convinced otherwise.”—Steven Kozar

We are joined by the gifted professional artist Steven Kozar, writer of the Messed Up Church blog, for a conversation centred in his critique of “the Evangelical Industrial Complex” entitled “A Manifesto of Christian Discernment”.

Steven Kozar has been a full-time professional artist since 1986, specialising in realistic watercolour technique, and his paintings have been sold in prestigious art galleries across the US and in the UK. In recent years he has been writing the Messed Up Church blog, and lately podcasting, with the aim of helping “hurting and/or frustrated people in the church… filter through all the shallow and confusing things” they’ve been told by the “Evangelical Industrial Complex” in the hope that they might “come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Christian.” (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

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 SpyCulture.com, 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 http://themindrenewed.com)

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 http://themindrenewed.com)

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 http://themindrenewed.com)

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 TheMindRenewed.com 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 http://themindrenewed.com)