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This podcast is an archive of the 68 original episodes of the Rabbit Room Podcast that aired between 2008 and 2018. The Rabbit Room Podcast, as it it existed for 10 years, has been retired in favor of the more focused and diverse series that make up the Rabbit Room Podcast Network.

EPISODE 61

Can We Call The Crucifixion Beautiful: Part II

Drew Miller discusses the question, “Can we call the Crucifixion beautiful?” with Danny Bryant, pastor of St. Mary of Bethany Anglican Parish, and Steve Guthrie, professor of Religion and the Arts at Belmont University.


EPISODE 60

Can We Call The Crucifixion Beautiful: Part I

Drew Miller discusses the question, “Can we call the Crucifixion beautiful?” with Danny Bryant, pastor of St. Mary of Bethany Anglican Parish, and Steve Guthrie, professor of Religion and the Arts at Belmont University.


EPISODE 59

Our Top Films of 2017

John Barber and Pete Peterson reveal and discuss their favorite 10 films of 2017 (and a few of their least favorites). Pete Peterson cheats.


EPISODE 58

A Tale of Two War Movies

In which John Barber and Pete Peterson discuss the War for the Planet of the Men of Dunkirk of Christopher Nolan of the Apes.


EPISODE 57

The Virtues of Monkey-Punching

In which John Barber and Pete Peterson discuss the dubious merits of Kong: Skull Island and Logan.


EPISODE 56

Our Top 10 Films of 2016

Pete Peterson and John Barber discuss their top 10 films of 2016 and bat around a few Oscar picks.


EPISODE 55

Christ-Haunted Japan: Mako Fujimura on Silence and Beauty

In the previous podcast, we talked with Thomas McKenzie about the novel Silence. In this podcast, we sit down with Mako Fujimura to discuss the the film and his book Silence and Beauty.


EPISODE 54

Martyrs, not Saints: Thomas McKenzie on Endo’s Silence

Shusako Endo’s Silence is a powerful work of fiction, and is now a feature film by Martin Scorsese. Jonathan Rogers sits down with Thomas McKenzie and Pete Peterson to discuss the enduring power of the book and other similar works like The Power and the Glory.


EPISODE 053

What’s So Great About George MacDonald?

C. S. Lewis saw George MacDonald as a kind of spiritual and literary father. These days, however, he’s not so widely read. In this episode, Ron Block explains why we should all be reading MacDonald, and how to get started.


EPISODE 052

Doug McKelvey Tells All About Cassowaries — And That’s Not All

Doug McKelvey is a fountainhead of surprising and interesting facts about cassowaries, a kind of prehistoric ninja bird native to Papua New Guinea. His staggering expertise leads to a discussion of the nature of expertise, the relationship between truth and doubt, and the heartache of writer’s block.


EPISODE 051

Joy Comes in the Mourning

Russ Ramsey and Andrew Osenga have found that jest is an important part of the grieving process. In this episode, they cover sickness, death, floods, and the television show Nashville with unexpected good humor.


EPISODE 050

Civil Discourse and the Via Media

Happy Election Year! If ever we needed a booster shot of civility in public discourse, surely we need it in 2016. In this episode, Thomas McKenzie narrates a series of events in which he is subjected to most uncivil discourse, and A. E. Graham discusses the importance of civility and the via media in her own career as a political speechwriter.