This episode was taken from a Facebook live book-release soirée with Donna Bowman and Ryan Newsome to celebrate the release of The Homebrewed Christianity Guide To Being Human.

Donna, Ryan, and Tripp talk about all things human. They discuss anthropology as it relates to gender, science, and death, the tension between a reductive materialism and dualism, the drive for religious people to have an ethical prescription for each situation, the relationship of humans to authority – whether a creator, or institution, or system, Buber and Kierkegaard, the different biblical accounts of what it means to be a human, the problematic relationships that people have with the church because of our inherited and unquestioned anthropology.

  • what does it means to think theologically about what it means to be human?
  • what part of the church’s previous conversations about anthropology we need to leave behind?
  • what is our purpose and function – what are we here for?
  • and how does Jesus figure in to what it means to be human?

Plus, Donna gives some suggestions for films that provoke questions about what it means to be human. And make sure to check out Tripp’s interview with Donna about pussy hats and #MAGA hats…

Have you seen the trailer for Tripp’s movie The Road to Edmond??? Take a look and make sure to join Tripp and Director/Producer David Trotter for special screenings in Oklahoma City, Denver, Los Angeles, and Asheville. The Road to Edmond is an indie film that’ll make you laugh out loud AND think deeply about your faith (even if you think you don’t have one). We’re not talking about a big-budget flick controlled by the Hollywood elite. We’re just a group of filmmakers and friends who care deeply about the big questions of life, and we want to have honest conversations about them. We believe this movie has the potential to create space for millions of people to ask meaningful questions that many of us have been too scared to ask. Go to for more.

Did you know if you come to #TheologyBeerCamp this August 16-18 in Asheville, NC you will be one of the first groups to see the Road to Edmond? Not to mention you’ll get to hang out with theology nerds from across the country and imbibe delicious craft beer. Go to to get your tickets now! There are a limited number, so don’t wait.