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TheoNerd is a podcast at the intersection of nerd culture and theology, philosophy, and religious studies.

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  • PAX East 2017: Dr. Catherine Flick

    PAX East 2017: Dr. Catherine Flick

    21/03/2017 Duração: 18min

    Ben closes out our PAX East 2017 coverage by speaking with Dr. Catherine Flick about video games and ethics, the moral potential of games, and chickens... yes, chickens. Dr. Catherine Flick is a Senior Lecturer in Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University Her occasional podcast about video games and ethics can be found at notjustagame.eu And you can follow Dr. Flick on Twitter @CatherineFlick Thanks to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

  • PAX East 2017: Games Healing Power

    PAX East 2017: Games' Healing Power

    18/03/2017 Duração: 22min

    On Friday afternoon of PAX there was a panel titled "What We Talk About When We Talk About Games’ Healing Power" and that is a topic that overlaps with so many of our beliefs about the power of our nerdy interests. Thank you to Alexa Ray Corriea, Andrea Rene, Becky Taylor, and Brittney Brombacher for letting us record their panel. Read the panel description and find them all online below. Alexa Ray Corriea is @AlexaRayC on Twitter. Andrea Rene is @andrearene on Twitter. You can also find her on her website Becky Taylor is @omglazerkittens on Twitter Brittney Brombacher is @BlondeNerd on Twitter, and can also be found on her website and her videos on YouTube "In our industry’s storied history, video games have sometimes gotten a bad rap. The violence, the sex, the drugs: sometimes mainstream media only covers the more salacious elements of gaming without knowing the truth—that games are forces of healing and community. With our world thrown into turmoil, it’s more important than ever to remember what games hav

  • PAX East 2017: Native Realities

    PAX East 2017: Native Realities

    15/03/2017 Duração: 46min

    Our content from PAX East 2017 begins with the first thing Ben saw at the show: the Native Realities panel. He also spoke with the CEO of Native Realities, Lee Francis. Audio from the first few minutes of the panel could not be salvaged, so this episode starts with Ben's interview with Lee in which some of that missing material is covered, before transitioning to audio from the great panel.   Check out Native Realities on their website   Like them on Facebook   Follow them on Twitter @NativeRealities   Thanks to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

  • 32 Why Podcast?

    32 Why Podcast?

    15/02/2017 Duração: 29min

    Andrew and Ben have both been beset by illnesses and had to reshuffle the podcast schedule. But the two most recent episodes were recordings of panels from Arisia, a great con in Boston. Ben recently spoke about that experience on his other podcast he hosts as part of his job, and it makes a great follow-up to the Arisia episodes. So come listen about why a podcast, in some ways, matters more to us than doing our strictly academic work. Arisia is a greta sci-fi, fantasy, and general nerd convention in Boston you should attend. Wide Eyed Christianity is Ben's other podcast, and where the audio for this episode came from. Listen to a couple episodes if you found this chat interesting. 

  • Arisia 2017: Don’t Feed The Trolls Doesn’t Work

    Arisia 2017: "Don’t Feed The Trolls" Doesn’t Work

    25/01/2017 Duração: 54min

    Andrew and Ben were both on panels at Arisia: New England’s Largest, Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention! This episode is from the panel Ben was on: "Don’t Feed The Trolls" Doesn't Work. Thank you to everyone on the panel for letting us record. Find their awesome work (other than Ben – you know him by now) and the description of the panel below. "Don’t read the comments" is not an option for your own Facebook, blog, or other online community. How do we moderate this input? Is simply turning the comments off the solution? Moderating with a strong hand? Allowing people to fight it out? How responsible are we for the things other people say in our online spaces and what are we to do about it? William C. Walker III is an inveterate gamer in multiple media, lover of sci-fi and fantasy, and veteran gm/dm/storyteller with over twenty years of experience running at least one game, and as many as three concurrently. He is a PhD candidate in Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University, with a focus in ren

  • Arisia 2017: On Shaming, Bullying, and Public Humiliation

    Arisia 2017: On Shaming, Bullying, and Public Humiliation

    17/01/2017 Duração: 01h02min

    Andrew and Ben were both on panels at Arisia: New England's Largest, Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention! This episode is from the panel Andrew was on: On Shaming, Bullying, and Public Humiliation. Thank you to everyone on the panel for letting us record. Find their awesome work (other than Andrew - you know him by now) and the description of the panel below. "SF/F fans are no stranger to bullying—many of us who were picked on for being different at a young age found refuge and escape in the other worldliness of fantastical books, movies, and newer media. The internet age of un-moderated twitter, 4chan, and Gawker has made bullying and harassment easier. The behavior surrounding GamerGate has practically normalized it. What can this teach us about forms of public humiliation and bullying, and what we can do to push back against it?" Andy Hicks is, or has been: a writer, producer and occasional voice-over guy for WGBH radio and television, a musician, a sound designer, an actor, a cat owner, a husband

  • Holiday Gift 2016: Final

    Holiday Gift 2016: Final

    03/01/2017 Duração: 01h24min

    Happy New Year! Enjoy the final chapter of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. We will now get back to posting regular episodes every other week. Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

  • Holiday Gift 2016: Part 7

    Holiday Gift 2016: Part 7

    01/01/2017 Duração: 01h34min

    Our holiday gift to you is nearing its conclusion. Enjoy ch. 7 of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. Look for the final chapter tomorrow. Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

  • Holiday Gift 2016: Part 6

    Holiday Gift 2016: Part 6

    30/12/2016 Duração: 39min

    As the 12 days of Christmas continue, so does our holiday gift to you. Enjoy Ch. 6 of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show. Look for the remaining two chapters to appear on the show throughout the rest of this week.  Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

  • Holiday Gift 2016: Part 5

    Holiday Gift 2016: Part 5

    27/12/2016 Duração: 46min

    In case you don't know, the 12 days of Christmas actually start on Dec. 25. So it is only appropriate that our holiday gift to you continues. Enjoy Ch. 5 of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show. Look for the remaining three chapters to appear on the show throughout the rest of this week.  Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

  • Holiday Gift 2016: Part 4

    Holiday Gift 2016: Part 4

    25/12/2016 Duração: 01h09min

    If you are celebrating, Merry Christmas! And to everyone else, we hope you continue to enjoy our holiday gift: the audiobook of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. Today we give you Ch. 4. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show. Every other day over the next two weeks we will put a chapter of his book up on the podcast. And look for an article on the website where you will be able to find all chapters as they are released. Leave comments and questions about the book on that article, and Andrew and Ben will answer them.   Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

  • Holiday Gift 2016: Part 3

    Holiday Gift 2016: Part 3

    23/12/2016 Duração: 01h08min

    Our holiday gift to you, the audiobook of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord, continues with Ch. 3. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show. Every other day over the next two weeks we will put a chapter of his book up on the podcast. And look for an article on the website where you will be able to find all chapters as they are released. Leave comments and questions about the book on that article, and Andrew and Ben will answer them.   Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.

  • Holiday Gift 2016: Part 2

    Holiday Gift 2016: Part 2

    21/12/2016 Duração: 53min

    Whether you are celebrating one of many religious holidays taking place this time of year or just using this season to spend time with friends and family, we wanted to give you all a holiday gift. That gift is the audiobook of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show. Every other day over the next two weeks we will put a chapter of his book up on the podcast. And look for an article on the website where you will be able to find all chapters as they are released. Leave comments and questions about the book on that article, and Andrew and Ben will answer them.   Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.  As always, thank you to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

  • Holiday Gift 2016: Part 1

    Holiday Gift 2016: Part 1

    19/12/2016 Duração: 33min

    Whether you are celebrating one of many religious holidays taking place this time of year or just using this season to spend time with friends and family, we wanted to give you all a holiday gift. That gift is the audiobook of The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord. You may remember Tom from episode 17 of this show. Every other day over the next two weeks we will put a chapter of his book up on the podcast. And look for an article on the website where you will be able to find all chapters as they are released. Leave comments and questions about the book on that article, and Andrew and Ben will answer them.   Thanks to Thomas Jay Oord and InterVarsity Press for making this possible.  As always, thank you to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

  • 31 Rami Ismail on Muslim Representation

    31 Rami Ismail on Muslim Representation

    06/12/2016 Duração: 50min

    In an episode that has been made timely by the presidential election in the U.S., Ben has a conversation with indie game developer Rami Ismail. Rami is also a Muslim and speaks very intelligently about the good, the bad, and the ugly representations of Muslims in video games and our culture at large. This conversation grew out of two panels at the Game Developer's Conference. Rami spoke about language and inclusion and was on a panel about the state of Muslim representation in games. His game company is Vlambeer, and he is active on Twitter.  A few games were mentioned on the show: 1979 Revolution Liyla and the Shadows of War Farsh As always, thank you to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

  • 30 Video Game Outsiders

    30 Video Game Outsiders

    21/11/2016 Duração: 56min

    Ben and podcast alum Khadeja Merenkov talk about being video game outsiders. Why do they apply their academic training in other fields to video games, and what have they learned in doing so? Listen to find out.  Also, Andrew is now a father. Congratulations! Khadeja's voice reel can be found here. You can also find her on Twitter here. She had some panels at GaymerX. Khadeja was on a penal with Carolyn VanEseltine at GaymerX. Carolyn's gaming company is Sibyl Moon Games. The work of Tanya DePass and Cameron Kunzelman was mentioned. We did what is becoming a requirement in every episode and mentioned Ken Gagne. You can find him over at Polygamer. As always, thanks to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

  • 29 Caitlin Martin-Wagar Defined Lines

    29 Caitlin Martin-Wagar Defined Lines

    08/11/2016 Duração: 45min

    In what became a timely episode with the presidential election upon us, Ben and the president of Defined Lines, Caitlin Martin-Wagar, talk about rape culture and preventing sexual assault on college campuses. She also applies her experience to gamergate. Adult content warning: rape is discussed in this episode. Like Defined Lines on Facebook and visit their website. Dr. Nicole Johnson of Lehigh University Thanks to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

  • 28 Audra Jamai: People Do Things

    28 Audra Jamai: People Do Things

    24/10/2016 Duração: 42min

    In this episode Andrew and Ben speak with friend, nerd, and now convention colleague Audra Jamai about Arisia: "New England's Largest, Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention." Audra is the co-chair of the diversity committee for Arisia. There is talk of race, different meanings of increased diversity, the importance of bare feet, and Andrew's glorious shiny head.  Luke Cage is on Netflix. Watch it. Is good. Audra says Cleverman is everything. Watch it. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was mentioned. Whether you've watched it or never heard of it, watch it. Carl Brandon Society - they have awards and scholarships available in efforts to increase racial and ethnic diversity  Con or Bust - fans of color can get help attending conventions Email Audra about Arisia: [email protected] Email Audra to be her BFF: [email protected]

  • 27: Philosophy of Games ( Chipmunk Voices)

    27: Philosophy of Games (& Chipmunk Voices)

    05/10/2016 Duração: 01h23s

    Your humble co-hosts apologize for their voices in this episode. We're not sure what happened, but we sound like chipmunks whose voices skip. But don't let that stop you from listening. We finally got a philosopher of games, C. Thi Nguyen, on this show about philosophy, theology, and nerd culture. He does most of the talking, and his audio sounds great! We talk video games, board games, the very concept of play, and even a little food writing. It is an accessible wide-ranging conversation. C. Thi Nguyen teaches at Utah Valley University He also has a personal website that contains resources on the philosophy of games Addiction by Design by Natasha Dow Schüll The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits Thanks to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

  • 26 - Boston GameLoop 2016

    26 - Boston GameLoop 2016

    13/09/2016 Duração: 01h02min

    Ben recently attended Boston GameLoop 2016, spoke to one of its original organizer's Scott Macmillan, and hosted a session called "Oh my god! Getting religion right and wrong in games."  This audio comes from that day, and you may have to turn up your volume at parts. Sorry! We did our best. Many awesome people attended the session, and some were willing to share their information. We want to give them kudos for participating: Richard Eberhardt: Studio Manager, MIT Game Lab Elliot Pinkus: Game Designer Gregory Kinneman: Game Programming There is reference to a chart of categories throughout the conversation. You probably want to know what that is. Here you go. Thanks to Bright Primate for our intro and outro music. You can find them at http://brightprimate.tk

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