The Van Maren Show

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Every week, The Van Maren Show will try to get a handle on what is really going on in our culture today. It can be difficult to find news sources and storytellers that accurately reflect a Christian, socially conservative, pro-life, pro-family worldview. Join me on Wednesdays as we head to the front lines of the culture war.

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Episode 26: Ex-porn star reveals the evils behind the scenes of the porn industry ⋅ 07/17/2019


In this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, former porn star Deanna Spangler shares how she rose to fame in the pornography industry and why she finally got out.

Van Maren and Spangler speak about her difficult childhood, which included her parents introducing her to pornography when she was just six years old. Spangler explains that after her early exposure to pornography and the death of her mother when she was 10, she began engaging in prostitution. She easily slid into pornography from there, she tells Van Maren. They discuss the close connection between prostitution and pornography, and the degradation and shame women feel that keeps them trapped in this spiral.  

Spangler also discusses truly horrific things – including assault and abuse – and the rise in violent pornography due to television becoming more and more graphic. 

After a dramatic encounter with a man addicted to pornography that ended with him taking his own life, she eventually left the industry. Spangler then went to a Christian seminary and now helps men and women addicted to pornography. This shocking episode exposes the dehumanizing and trapping effects of the pornography industry on women, and the great evils swirling all around the evil of pornography. 

Episode 25: How the pre-Roe pro-life movement destroys current pro-choice arguments ⋅ 07/10/2019

Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Dr. Daniel K. Williams, author of two books published by the Oxford University Press. The first, “God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right” and also, “Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade.” This week’s episode of The Van Maren Show and the second book are absolutely filled with information that everyone in the pro-life movement needs to know about.


There is a broad understanding that the pro-life movement was simply a reactionary movement to Roe v. Wade being legalized in the United States in 1973. In reality, this is not the case. History shows that some of the first pro-life laws were passed in the 1800’s in response to the discovery by doctors that life began long before “quickening,” which is when the mother could first feel the baby in the womb. These Protestant doctors stated that these human beings in the womb deserve protection under the law. It's also important to note that it wasn't until much later during the pro-life movement that abortion became associated with the right-wing beliefs.


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Episode 24: This pro-life warrior is changing the culture by focusing on the value of the human person ⋅ 07/03/2019

Jonathon Van Maren discusses the pro-life movement with Jason Jones on this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show. Jones began working in the pro-life movement while attending the University of Hawaii. His work within the movement progressed from forming the Pro-Life Student Union to include Director of Hawaii Right to Life and Public Relations Director for Human Life International. He is the president and founder of HumanRights Education Organization and Movie to Movement; both organizations promote the dignity and beauty of the human person.