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8: Franklin Graham, angry women and Black Mirror

EPISODE: 8

Franklin Graham, angry women and Black Mirror

with Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit

In For Argument’s Sake, Megan and Michael tackle the upcoming visit to Australia by evangelist Franklin Graham (son of legendary preacher Billy). They focus upon the controversy surrounding Franklin Graham’s visit and how he doesn’t have the same ability to unite Christians as his father. With Franklin Graham’s vocal support for President Trump stirring widespread debate, Megan explains she has other concerns about his relationship with the politics of power and sexuality. Both Michael and Megan ask: should you attend a gospel event led by a person you disagree with?

In Discomfort Zone, Megan asked Michael to do something outside his usual sphere – read Rebecca Traister’s book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger (particularly one lengthy section about President Trump). Michael has questions for Megan about solidarity between women around the world before our duo dive into the biblical concept of vengeance. Oh, and whether anger is only associated with men. And how can anger be responded to.

Then, in Marg and Dave, Megan and Michael dare to enter Netflix series Black Mirror, a near-future commentary about humanity’s misuse of technology. Megan and Michael watched the episode Nosedive – about one woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) experiencing a harsh rating system – and marvel at its clear parallels with our world. But what does judging each other have to do with Christianity? Oh, wait …

WHAT IS WITH ALL DUE RESPECT?

Less aggro, more conversation.

Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.

There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also want the conversation to be constructive. Tune in to find out if that’s possible.

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