Apologetics Podcasts

Scott Smith —  April 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

Some have asked what podcasts I listen to. Others give me a puzzled look when I say the word ‘podcast’. To alleviate these situations, I have put together the following reference. This is far from an exhaustive treatment of the subject, but hopefully this will get you rolling with some excellent apologetic content on-the-go!

If you have any questions, post a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

Listening on a computer

You can often listen to podcasts by going to the website of the group that produced it. That misses the beauty of podcasting though, because (1) it tethers you to your computer, and (2) it is a manual process requiring you to keep visiting every site to see if they have any new content. Listen this way if you want, but I don’t recommend it.

Another way that is slightly better (but only slightly) is to listen through your computer via iTunes or a similar program. iTunes allows you to subscribe to podcasts and gives you one convenient place to see them all listed. However, this is still not ideal.

 

Listening on an iPod

The next step up is to use a device such as an iPod or other MP3 player. If you regularly sync your device with your computer’s podcast manager, you will have current programs wherever you go. Because you have to sync with your computer, this is still not my favorite method.

 

Listening on your phone

In my experience, listening to podcasts via your phone is the bees knees for podcasting today. (Do people still say that?) This gives you current content, it is entirely wireless, and it requires you to carry one less device. You will need to install an app to your phone in order to subscribe and listen to podcasts. There are a number of them out there. Here are a couple options I’m most familiar with:  Google Listen is a good app which manages your subscriptions, has a fair number of options, syncs with the playlist on your computer, and is free. The primary downside is that Google has all but abandoned it, so don’t hold out hope for new releases or customer service. My favorite app to date is called Pocket Casts. At the time of writing, it is only $3. If possible, it might have too many options! I’ve heard their customer service is superb, but I haven’t needed it. Pair it with an app called Presto ($5) and you can speed up your podcast playback. (Playing at 2x will effectively double the amount of podcasts you can listen to!)

 

The Lists

So, on to the lists! I’ve separated podcasts by general theme. Some cross over, so I had to pick one place to put it. Each podcast listed links to its feed URL. If you want a one-click mass subscribe option, I have also created an OPML for a few of the groups which will allow to subscribe to the entire list in one click. (Tip – if you click these links from your phone it should automatically populate your podcast app. If from your computer, you may have to copy/paste or drag/drop into iTunes.)

(Note: There are lots of other podcasts! These are just the set of podcasts I listen to most regularly. If you recommend a podcast I have not listed, add it in the comments along with a brief description of topic, host, etc.)

 

Apologetics Podcasts

Apologetics OPML here

Theology Podcasts

Theology OPML here

Sermon Podcasts

Sermons OPML here

 

Special Interest

 

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  • There are all kinds of fantastic classes out there from numerous universities that you can listen to for free! Check out RTS (Reformed Theological Seminary) for starters – they have a wealth of podcasting goodness. If you find any others you would recommend, let me know in the comments section!

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Scott Smith is a lifelong Christian and an active member of his church. He enjoys blogging and teaching on Christian theology and defense as well as engaging skeptics in debate regarding Christian truth claims. Scott is a co-founder of Etcetera as well as TC Apologetics, and in his spare time he runs his own 3D design company.