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Jun 26, 2018

This is the second of our two-part conversation on loneliness, singleness, community, and friendship. We talk about the struggles, sorrows, and satisfactions of friendship. 



Assumptions is sponsored by ATB Financial’s Entrepreneur Centre (learn more about No-Fee All-in Digital) and the Alberta Podcast Network (this week we told you about the show The Young Gaffers). Check out the CKUA app, where you can listen to Assumptions and all the other Alberta Podcast Network shows.


Show Notes:

This episode’s guests were Barry Danylak, Lish Veldhuijzen, Nick Taniguchi, and Rabbi Seth Goldstein.

The limit to the number of Facebook friends (or page likes) one can have is actually 5,000.

Daniel quotes from Alan Jacob’s fine book How To Think: A Survival Guide for a World At Odds.

The article by Wesley Hill that much of our discussion is focused on (our full interview with him can be found here) is called Love, Again. We recommend that you read it.

Daniel refers to the Lord of the Rings books and movies, and the biblical story of David and Jonathan.

Wesley Hill wrote a whole book on friendship called Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian, which Daniel briefly alludes to.

The Harry Potter series is referred to (also we recorded an episode on those books).

The friendships in Kenneth Graham’s wonderful book The Wind in the Willows is described. 

The Joss Whedon television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly are referred to.

Kyle briefly refers to the infamous “Mike Pence Rule.” Daniel quite likes his friend Karen Swallow Prior’s Christian response to the idea.

Daniel refers to this article by Alistair Roberts that describes how, in some ways, friendship is more important to the New Testament than marriage.

Daniel talks about this fascinating feature article in The Atlantic titled The Future of Work.

Kyle refers to Steven Sondheim’s (more details on your podcast) musicals “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Into the Woods.”

Daniel quotes from Tim Keller’s book The Meaning of Marriage, which has some great insights into the nature of friendship.

Daniel very briefly refers to the film La La Land.



Assumptions is written and produced by Daniel Melvill Jones and Kyle Marshall.

This episode edited by Kyle Marshall.

Our soundtrack comes from The Parson Red Heads.

Podcast artwork designed by Chris Taniguchi.

Photography by Josh Boak

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