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Frog Questions

16 episodes - English - Latest episode: 16 days ago - ★★★★★ - 16 ratings

Frog Questions is a weekly conversation featuring people from varying walks of life and their perspectives on your questions about life, the universe, and anything else that might come up. We all have questions, let's find the answers together.

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May 20, 2020 14:03 - 8 minutes - 5.91 MB

John 4:4 Tells the story of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at a well in Sychar. The exchange is brief, and this is an easily overlooked story, but maybe this story is everything. As we dive deeper, we realize how deep the toxic self-image of this woman goes, how broken her relationships with other people are, how wrong she is about her own identity... How much she needs the living water.

Fitness During Quarantine (With Sean Doyle)

May 06, 2020 18:02 - 42 minutes - 29.3 MB

Today we are joined by fitness expert Sean Doyle who answers our questions about staying fit during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine. Advice includes how to work out in a small space, how fitness helps fight depression, and how eating right affects our bodies.

What Is Judaism?

January 31, 2019 23:21 - 41 minutes - 28.6 MB

Yeah, we all pretend like we know what we're talking about, but do you really, actually know what Jewish people believe?  A huge thank you to Dr. Neil Rubin for joining the conversation this week! Listen in as we dive into the interesting theology of one of the oldest religions in the world. Discussed in this podcast: Scripture, tradition, sabbath, kosher, Judaism, Exegesis

Season 2 Promo

January 21, 2019 17:00 - 2 minutes - 1.03 MB

In a world of religious diversity, the highest value of the American people is not being offensive. Join the conversation as we offend the sensitivities of the masses and, hopefully, get to know each other a little better... God forbid. 

Is Cursing Immoral?

January 19, 2019 15:36 - 17 minutes - 8.11 MB

Thanks to a question submitted by Camille online, we are discussing curse words this week. Profanity, Cursing, bad words, oaths, they all refer to the same thing: words that society says you shouldn't use. But are they actually bad, or are we just told that they are bad? Let's dive in. DISCLAIMER: Some words in this recording are highly offensive. Listen at your own risk.

Soulmates and Terrible Dates (With Caitlin Salvino)

December 14, 2018 02:57 - 1 hour - 35.3 MB

This week Ben Maerzke is joined by Caitlin Salvino, writer and creator of the blog: Caitlin is a twenty-something living in Chicago, with a unique perspective on what it means to search for this elusive person we call "Soulmate." This question will explore topics like discernment, dating, romance, relationships, tinder, bumble, and the ultimate question: "do soulmates exist? You can follow Caitlin: @TheCatholicBabe

Pope Francis and the Death Penalty

November 30, 2018 04:30 - 36 minutes - 16.6 MB

In an oddly legalistic episode, Ben analyzes the recent revision to the Catholic Church's teaching on Capital Punishment. Should criminals be executed for their crimes? What is the purpose of punishment? How does the dignity of the person play a role in ethical decision-making? What does the Bible say about the death penalty? Is the Pope always infallible? What happens when one pope contradicts another pope? Are we allowed to disagree with the recent revision?   All of these questions an...

Black Friday is the Worst!

November 23, 2018 17:00 - 14 minutes - 6.85 MB

In this rage fueled episode, Ben reads random facts about Black Friday, courtesy of the BBC article:   The point of this episode was to keep Ben calm and focused. We failed greatly.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018 00:30 - 2 minutes - 1.19 MB

In this special Thanksgiving message, Ben Maerzke wishes all of you a safe and happy holiday, filled with time spent with friends and family.. and hopefully no drama.

#BlackLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter? (With Eric Coles)

October 05, 2018 05:00 - 52 minutes - 24 MB

For a group that works for racial equality, #BlackLivesMatter sure is polarizing. public opinion polls show a great divide between perception and reality surrounding this group, and sometimes it is unclear what they actually stand for. Joining the discussion this week is Eric Coles as we dive into the murky waters of race in America. Is racism dead? Let's find out together. Also discussed: White Privilege, Institutional Racism, Supremacy, Power, riots, peace, and reconciliation. 

OUTTAKES: Moana with Meghan

September 22, 2018 02:53 - 46 minutes - 21.5 MB

After an interesting conversation last week, here are the outtakes from our last episode: "Is Moana in Hell?" featuring our guest Disney expert Meghan Doyle of @thedoyleduo Some of this is funny, some of this is interesting, some of this is downright strange... 

Is Moana in Hell? (with Meghan Doyle)

September 16, 2018 19:00 - 58 minutes - 26.9 MB

In this magical episode of Frog Questions, Ben Maerzke is joined by Meghan Doyle of @thedoyleduo to discuss the highly musical and somewhat offensive question: Is Moana in Hell? Christian Theology around salvation has always assumed that a person needs to know Jesus Christ in order to get into Heaven. Thus, this question is as legitimate as it is ridiculous. Also discussed will be music, Disney Movies, Therese of Liseux, Suicide, Identity, Justification, Purgatory, and every good thing. ...

Is Hitler in Heaven?

September 07, 2018 04:01 - 39 minutes - 18.1 MB

Ben dissects the theological concepts of "Heaven" and "Hell, and tries to answer the question of whether or not it is possible for someone like Hitler to end up in Heaven. This questions also leads us to look at what causes a person to end up in heaven or hell. What is the afterlife like? How does sin figure into this question? Is it possible to spend an eternity with someone you cannot stand? Let's hope so.

Will Robots Replace Humans? (With Logan Jones)

August 31, 2018 04:01 - 59 minutes - 27 MB

In this episode, special guest and professional nerd Logan Jones explores the future of humanity. From everyday technology to a tangent on Black Mirror to the potential end of the human race as we know it, Ben and Logan will discuss it all. Laurel or Yanny? Robot butlers? Bluetooth brains? Emojis as a new language? Dating and reproducing through your phones? Tinder?   Yeah. It's all in here.

Is Religion Outdated?

August 24, 2018 04:30 - 36 minutes - 16.9 MB

In this episode, Ben talks about the relationship between Science and Religion, and makes the bold claim that Religion IS Science. Along with this comes an exploration of Faith-based claims, and a look at how the world of science uses them as well. Qualitative and Quantitative data, and how they figure into the Scientific Method, help us understand the world around us... God, Religion, the Big Bang, it's all part of one big search for truth.

What is Frog Questions?

August 24, 2018 04:01 - 12 minutes - 5.88 MB

Welcome to the podcast! In this first episode of the new podcast, Ben Maerzke introduces himself, explains why he doesn't like people, and gives a brief history of what Frog Questions is and why this podcast got started. If you have any topic suggestions for future episodes, or just questions about life in general, ask away at