S4E02 Andor

The Kingsmen enter into the morally gray world of Star Wars: Andor. Though it occurs in a galaxy far, far away, it is strikingly similar to our own world here. Join us as we draw out some Christian and religious insights on oppression, evil, hope, humanity, ritual, sacrifice, and love.

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Outline

TimeTopic
00:00:13Introduction
00:00:28Andor is a Stupid Show, Right?
00:01:12Who Cares about a Nobody?
00:01:44The Rebellion from the Ground
00:02:42Identifying with the Oppressed
00:03:45Everyday Evil
00:08:50Evil as a Manifestation of Empire
00:10:51Imperial Tolerance of Cultural Heritage
00:14:31Exterminating Germs, Not Human Beings
00:16:40Giving Up Freedoms for Security
00:18:52Comfort Stations
00:21:19Jesus’ Temptation to Feed Himself
00:22:17Something Worth Living and Dying For
00:25:23Different Soils, Different Fruits
00:27:09Keeping Hope Alive
00:28:50True Vision is Love
00:30:35Conforming to the Empire’s Image
00:32:43On Becoming Less or More Human
00:34:05Evil Breaks Down, Love Builds Up
00:35:40True Christianity is Not Abusive
00:36:31The Power of Rituals
00:38:08Andor as a Chiasm
00:42:04Rituals Inform Identity
00:45:59Models of Sacrifice
00:47:50Rituals of Selfishness and Selflessness
00:51:35Maarva’s Foundation of Love
00:52:59Luthen’s Foundation of Anger
00:54:43A Morally Gray Star Wars
00:55:01Sacrificing Out of Love vs Hate
00:57:02Maarva and Luthen Share Ends, But Not Means
00:58:31Can Evil Be Used to Defeat Evil?
01:00:22The Nonviolence of Jiu-Jitsu
01:02:16Whose Method is Superior, Maarva’s or Luthen’s?
01:03:34Conclusion

S3E02 Loki

The Kingsmen welcome Dr. Kutter Callaway in to unpack the mind-bending Marvel show, Loki (2021).

What makes a person? Can a person change and become better? Is a human (or a god’s) life predetermined, or do they have free will? Is self-love always narcissistic? What makes a system authoritarian? What is your glorious purpose?

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Outline

  1. [00:00:19] Introduction
    • [00:02:47] Initial Thoughts on Loki
    • [00:05:03] Graciousness toward God
  2. [00:09:08] Letting Go of Control
    • [00:09:56] Respect for Mystery
  3. [00:13:58] The Shape of Authoritarianism
    • [00:17:08] Authoritarianism Demands Strict Adherence
    • [00:18:32] Giving Up Freedom for Security
    • [00:20:59] The Vicious Cycle of Power-Grabbing
  4. [00:21:34] Catalysts of Transformation
    • [00:23:28] Freedom to Enjoy God’s Gifts
    • [00:25:34] Radical Conversion to Selflessness
  5. [00:26:20] Is Self-Love Always Narcissistic?
    • [00:28:04] The Attractiveness of a Hero(ine)
    • [00:30:30] Eros Love for Jesus Christ
  6. [00:32:40] To Be Human, One Requires an Other
    • [00:35:50] Destroying the Other Destroys Oneself
    • [00:36:40] How Other Shape a Person’s Identity
    • [00:38:45] Collective Humankind Reflects the Image of God
    • [00:39:44] We Carry Each Other Through Hardships
    • [00:40:31] Others Help Confront One’s Folly
    • [00:41:21] The Other Holds Up a Mirror to Confront Your Vices
    • [00:42:18] Fundamental Attribution Error
    • [00:44:44] The Punitive Time-Loop as Parable and Metaphor of Hell
    • [00:49:13] Family, Not Enemies
    • [00:53:07] Inspiring the Other to Be Better
    • [00:55:52] Seeing Eternity as Eternal Growth
  7. [00:57:28] Free Will, Determinism, and Resurrection
    • [00:59:49] Resurrection as Perpetual Newness
    • [01:01:54] Treasure versus Trash
    • [01:03:18] The Importance of Humility
    • [01:05:33] How to Live Out Resurrection Now?
    • [01:05:55] Fearing Oneself and Looking for Intervention
    • [01:07:13] Trusting Resurrection
    • [01:09:22] The Scandalous Incarnational Embodiment of God
  8. [01:11:13] Glorious Purpose
  9. [01:12:38] Closing Remarks