The Christian Humanist, Episode #29: Mentors and Telemachi

General Introduction
– Reunited and it feels so good
– Some talk about offices
– What’s on the blog?

Etymology
– Mental? Mentos?
– Turning to the Greek
– Why it’s wrong to say “mentee”
– Divinity enters in
– A relationship between unequals
– Grubbs goes allegorical

Paul and Timothy
– A new kind of mentor
– Apostolic succession
– Distinguishing mentor from friend
– Put me in, coach
– Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-San
– Teachers and pastors
– About the Stone-Campbell tradition

Our Stories
– Personal mentors
– Michial’s discomfort with literature changing lives
– Nathan’s crushing guilt
– Girl trouble!
– David’s tribute to his fallen mentor

Authors as Mentors
– Can a person you’ve never met be a mentor?
– Walter Brueggemann and Stanley Hauerwas
– Walker Percy
– C.S. Lewis, of course
– Gods do answer fan mail

How Do You Get a Protégé?
– You beg, obviously
– Don’t major in English!
– Being yourself
– Getting mentored by the prof-bots
– The frustrations of the major university
– Why it helps to have no social life
– Is it better to be young or old?
– Oh, snap!

Forcing or Facilitating Mentors
– Can you require it?
– Faculty advising
– “Barnabas Groups”
– Eating with the students
– A notice to Christian colleges re: hiring
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Brueggemann, Walter. Journey to the Common Good. Philadelphia: Westminster John Knox, 2010.

Hauerwas, Stanley. Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010.

Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin, 2006.

Lewis, C.S. The Discarded Image. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994.

Percy, Walker. The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do With the Other. New York: Picador, 2000.

Smith, James K.A. Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2006.

Wood, Ralph C. The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists. South Bend, Ind.: U of Notre Dame P, 1991.

3 thoughts on “The Christian Humanist, Episode #29: Mentors and Telemachi

  1. I have enjoyed listening to all of the episodes. I attended Southeastern Bible College with David and when he finally told me about the podcast I quickly downloaded all the available episodes and have consumed all of them. (David must be ashamed of the podcast since he only told me about it in late September). I am finally up to date. I finished listening to the Mentors episode this morning.

    One of the things that I found very interesting was the discussion of maturity amongst those that we tend to chose as mentors. The point was made that while there are younger professors teaching, the ones that seem to have the mentoring relationship are older (more mature may be a more accurate term). I agree that this seems to be true. I tended to see that the younger professors had a huge “groupy” following, but very few had a true mentoring relationship. There seemed to be a “cool kid” dynamic with the young, hip professors, but when a student truly had the desire for a deeper relationship that entailed the mentor/protege interaction, it was the more mature professors that were involved.

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