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Building a New World

In this episode, David Gornoski gives us an anthropological breakdown of the mythology behind the “Great Reset.” “The ancient world believed that the best was at the beginning of time–the golden age,” David says as he brings attention to the archaic practice of religious sacrifice meant to effect resets in societies. But in today’s post-Christian […]

Death of Dominion

Having deconstructed the trends brought on by politicization, David Gornoski expands on the need for role models that encourage excellence through freedom and voluntary self-sacrifice. David argues that the imitation of Jesus is key to breaking away from the illusion of the toxic groupthink of our times. Why do we need to look to Jesus? […]

Science and U: Brian Greene Interview

In this classic episode from February 27, 2020, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, author of ‘Until the End of Time,’ joins David Gornoski and Dr. Weiping Yu. David starts off the episode by briefly reflecting on the trial of Julian Assange. Is string theory the solution to better grasp the universe? Are we really designed for […]

DC Film Series: Keeping the Faith in DC with John Burtka

John Burtka IV, Executive Director of The American Conservative, sits down with David Gornoski to discuss what led him from an interest in theology to politics and finally to the conservative movement. What are some of the challenges for an anti-war conservative in DC? How do we morally reconcile our support for either party with […]

THINGS HIDDEN 21: Jean-Michel Oughourlian Interview

In this THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski and Shannon Braswell are joined by Jean-Michel Oughourlian, psychologist and author of The Mimetic Brain. Oughourlian starts the discussion with an insider’s perspective as Girard’s collaborator and how he found breakthroughs in the field of psychotherapy upon studying mimetic theory. “The mirror neuron is something fantastic,” Oughourlian remarks, […]

How Mythology Unmasks Fake News

The concoction of fake news is very closely connected to how mythologies were spun in ancient times. Both are written by the winners and both deal with expelling crowd-designated scapegoats. Christianity, on the other hand, reveals the persecution and sacrifice at play in myth-making; it has made it impossible for society to scapegoat the other. […]

Rebel Wisdom’s Alexander Beiner, David Gornoski on Christianity vs Wokeism

  Listen to the podcast: David Gornoski sits down with Alexander Beiner, Co-Founder of Rebel Wisdom, to discuss new ways by which we can make sense of the chaotic world around us. In light of how Woke culture has proven itself to be a religious movement, society is failing to bind itself around the principle […]

The Purge – A Film Analysis

In ancient societies, people would collectively vent their anger and frustration within a fixed time on the calendar, and they would unleash their violence as a collective on a single victim in the form of sacrifice. These times are what we know today as carnivals; the subject is addressed at length by David Gornoski and […]

Barouk Almaw Gari Gives an Ethiopian View on Identity Politics and Rene Girard

Barouk Almaw Gari, an Ethiopian entrepreneur and Rene Girard fan, joins David Gornoski to discuss his introduction to the works of Rene Girard, his perspective on Ethiopian politics and history, and how Christianity has shaped Ethiopia’s culture. How does the gospel effect each culture in their tribal and sacrificial customs? Barouk takes us through the […]

THINGS HIDDEN 12: The Return of Dionysus

Shannon: “Parents often say: ‘don’t discuss politics and religion at the dinner table.’” David: “But that’s what I always talk about at dinner; all politics and religion originate at the original dinner which is ritual cannibalism.” Shannon Braswell, a Girardian from Washington, sits down with David Gornoski to examine the historical and mythological narratives through […]