Holy Geek! Podcast



So a Priest and a Rabbi walk into Comic Con... It isn't a joke it is the premise for a podcast. Fr. Sean Maloney and Rabbi Ilan Emmanuel host this show about faith and life. The show looks at geek culture and life with an eye toward faith. What do superheroes teach us about holy morals? What does redemption look like for Jamie Lannister? Is God as arbitrary as a d20? If these questions make sense to you then this podcast is for you.


  • Episode #13 With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

    13/12/2018 Duration: 59min

    Join Sean and Ilan as they eulogize Stan Lee. The guys talk about the importance of his creations in their life and in the culture. Listen in as they wrestle with the credit for creation and celebrate the breadth of his catalogue. Then the guys turn their attention to the Crimes of Grindelwald. In the second half of the episode the guys wrestle with the nature of evil. How alluring it can be and how easily manipulated it can become. Can something have good intent and still be completely wrong? You have to listen to find out. 

  • Episode #12 Is there a Dr. in the house?

    13/12/2018 Duration: 01h02min

    In this episode Ilan schools Sean on the importance in the nerdasphere of Dr. Who. After giving Sean some key episodes the guys sit down to discuss the moral implications of a show that has been on for decades. If you are a Whovian prepare to laugh with Ilan as Sean asks stupid questions. If you aren't well be prepared to laugh at Ilan as he tries to explain it to all of us. As always the guys dig in deep in this episode discussing the reality of good and evil and unexpected consequences. 

  • Episode #11 Science Fiction Double Feature Picture Show

    15/11/2018 Duration: 01h20s

    In this episode Sean and Ilan try to figure out why science and religion seem to be incompatible to some people. The Scifi works often depicts religion as some quaint backwater idea while also seeking to answer some of the same questions. The guys explore everything from Star Trek and Star Wars to the Matrix and medicine. As always there is plenty of laughter as the dynamic duo wrestle with life and faith. 

  • Episode #10 The Con Game

    31/10/2018 Duration: 41min

    In this episode Sean and Ilan toe the line between fan and fanatic. They look into the dark heart of comic con to see where the dividing line is. What is it about all groups of people that seeks to divide rather than bring together. Sure it sounds heavy but as always there are plenty of laughs. Who can't laugh at the thought of nerds getting self righteous about books vs movies?

  • Episode #9: Look who Slytherin

    14/08/2018 Duration: 57min

    Special guest Mira Emmanuel Joins Sean and Ilan to talk about Harry Potter. Why does she love being a Slytherin but hate Snape. Does an act of good out do a lifetime of bad? How is it that these characters don't have more PTSD. As always there is lots to discuss and plenty of laughs along the way. 

  • Episode #8: Holding out for a Hero!

    14/08/2018 Duration: 57min

    In this episode the guys look at what it means to be an antihero. Why is it that we are so attracted to these rougeish characters. From Han Solo to Deadpool to Tony Soprano they are some of the most famous characters in cinema and literature. Is it their story of redemption? Do we see something of ourselves in them that we don't want to admit? Is it their flaws that make them identifiable for us? You'll have to listen to the guys to find out. 

  • Episode #7: To Infinity and Beyond

    10/05/2018 Duration: 01h03min

    The guys go to the movies once again. The Guys like the rest of you ran out to see Infinity Wars. In this episode you can listen in as the discuss the concept of evil and extremism. Like Cap and Ironman the guys disagree on where the ending left us. Whose side are you on? Sean and Ilan struggle with what it means to be right if what it requires is so so wrong. As always there are plenty of laughs and theology along the way.Do you want to know why there isn't an Infinity Wars 2? You have to listen to find out. 

  • Episode #6: I got next!

    26/04/2018 Duration: 56min

    Join the guys as they talk about their love and frustration with video games. From their early interactions with Atari all the way to their current love of Xbox one Sean and Illan open up about why they love the diversion that so many love. Hear them wrestle with the role of video game violence and culture. What does our love of first person shooters say about us as a people and a culture? Is escapism a good thing? As always there is plenty of laughter and a fair dose of theology. 

  • Episode #5: Winter is Coming

    05/04/2018 Duration: 50min

    Even though the show is on hiatus the guys discuss Game of Thrones. Get insight into what makes Sean and Ilan tick as they discuss their favorite characters. Does palace intrigue and double crossing have anything to teach us about morals and faith? You  will have to listen to find out! So choose a house and give the Holy Geeks a listen

  • Episode # 4: Wakanda Forever!

    05/04/2018 Duration: 49min

    We have Black Panther fever! Sean and Ilan discuss everything that is Black Panther. Why is this movie important? What does Wakanda's political stance of isolation tell us about how we as people of faith are tied together. Sean opens up about what this movie means to him as a father of two young black men. As always the guys geek out about it all!!

  • Episode #3: Look up in the Sky!

    05/04/2018 Duration: 48min

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its the holy geeks! Listen as the guys explore the world of superheroes. From Superman to Batman, Marvel to DC, what do these fictional legends tell us about our love of mythos and hero. How does their wrestling with difficult questions help us to do the same. Can we all be heroes?

  • Episode #2: A Galaxy not so far away

    05/04/2018 Duration: 45min

    In this first full episode Sean and Ilan discuss their first true love; Star Wars. This is where the Geek began for so many young men in our age group. The guys look at the episode and discuss its nostalgic feel. How do we allow for new things when we love the old ones so darn much. How do these characters develop when we want to keep them the same as when we were 12. Once we figure that all out what does that have to tell us about our current politics, culture, and religion. As always the guys have a lot of good laughs along the way. 

  • Origin Stories

    13/03/2018 Duration: 22min

    In this premier episode we meet our hosts for this journey through life and faith. The Rev Sean Maloney and Rabbi Ilan Emmanuel discuss how they got the idea for this podcast and what it will be. In this episode we learn a little about who the hosts are and what their particular geekdoms are.