After a tangent on horror films, Bryne and JR. discuss getting settled in their new homes. Both find themselves in communities divided by religious controversy - from gay marriage to atheist invocations. They consider what neighborliness looks like, and whether Civil Religion or Religious Civility is more important.
Origami Elephants celebrates the tension between beauty and certainty. Hosts Bryne Lewis and JR. Forasteros tackle the elephants in the room - the topics we either avoid or fight about. Bryne, JR. and their guests choose instead to investigate the elephants, to let them draw us together rather than divide.
The StoryMen welcome a special guest, Julianna Baggott. Julianna teaches screenwriting at Florida State University and is the author of numerous books. Most recently, she’s released Pure and Fuse, the first two installments in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. We talk to Julianna about where her stories come from, why religion plays such a big role in the world of Pure and what kind of fusing she’d prefer.
In This Episode
0:00 – Meet Julianna
7:00 – The World of Pure
9:30 – Religion and Apocalypse
20:00 – Memory and Faith in Pure 26:30 – Imagery and Symbolism
31:30 – Reactions to Pure (and what’s in store for Burn)
36:00 – What would you Fuse?
39:00 – Books in Deed Charity
JR. lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Amanda. In addition to exploring the wonders that are the Lone Star state, JR. is the teaching pastor at Catalyst Community Church, a writer and blogger. His book, Empathy for the Devil, is available from InterVarsity Press. He's haunted by the Batman, who is in turn haunted by the myth of redemptive violence.