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604: Faulty Foot Washing & Pagan Christianity with Nijay Gupta

Updated: Mar 29


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The “He Gets Us” campaign ran a Super Bowl ad showing culture war combatants washing each other’s feet. It has conservative Christians upset and non-Christians confused. Phil, Kaitlyn, and Skye react to the ad and unpack the many ways we misunderstand the meaning of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Then, New Testament professor Nijay Gupta is back to discuss his new book “Strange Religion” about what made early Christianity so weird and compelling. He explains what Roman religion looked like before Christianity, and how those pagan values and practices are returning. Plus, Chinese spy pigeons and swearing parrots.



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1:11 - Intro


2:41 - Show Starts


3:29 - Theme Song


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5:02 - Skye and U2 in Las Vegas


10:27 - Foul-Mouthed Fowls


16:50 - Spies in Disguise as Pigeons


21:40 - Foot-Washing Superbowl Ad


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49:16 - Interview


51:38 - Strange Religion


1:05:31 - What was Roman religion like?


1:13:40 - Modern Pagan Christianity


1:32:15 - End Credits




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Strange Religion: How the First Christians Were Weird, Dangerous, and Compelling: https://a.co/d/1BL9BXf


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2 Comments


I appreciated the footwashing conversation. I was surprised there was less conversation about the implications of who was a Christian and who wasn't a Christian (and with the convolution of serving but also washing away sin that all that implied). See https://www.tiktok.com/@kevincarnahan2/video/7335502599115902251 for a discussion of the stark contrast between who washes feet and who has their feet washed.

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America today compared to Roman society: Brilliant. Totally true. I would buy that book.

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