Episode 474: You Are Not Your Own with Alan Noble


Why are people inside the church often no healthier or happier than those outside? Author Alan Noble says we are suffering from a kind of mass psychosis and going to church won’t solve it. His new book, “You Are Not Your Own” challenges our understanding of identity and purpose, and calls us to a less modern, more Christian, vision of life.


Also this week, progressive philosopher and political activist, Cornel West, says liberals need Jesus. What can we learn from him about critiquing our own tribe rather than judging others’. Plus, are white evangelicals keeping the guitar industry alive? And Phil brings us a new batch of animal news. Has the shark messiah been born in Italy?


News Segment:


Australian ducks learn how to swear [2:47]

https://www.cnet.com/news/aussie-ducks-learn-to-swear-can-say-you-bloody-fool-like-a-human/


Rare shark “virgin birth” [5:20]

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-baby-shark-has-just-been-born-but-the-mother-lived-in-an-all-female-tank


Fender: 1 in 3 guitars are bought by people who play in worship bands [8:52]

https://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/music/fender-one-in-three-guitars-were-bought-by-people-who-play-in-praise-and-worship-bands/


“Cornel West on Why the Left Needs Jesus” and critiquing our own tribe [10:58]

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/08/cornel-west-jesus-progressives/619741/


“The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” podcast [22:25]

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/podcasts/rise-and-fall-of-mars-hill/


PATREON BONUS: https://www.patreon.com/posts/56161614


Interview with Alan Noble:


“You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World” - https://amzn.to/3ntxAAV


Interview Start [31:35]


A metaphor for modern Western society [33:49]


Church is not the solution [39:37]


Pre-modernity is not the solution [42:33]


Paradox of identity in modern society [48:08]


Christian understanding of identity [54:24]


Deconstruction and identity [1:04:54]


A vision for Christian community [1:08:53]

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