The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #67: A Christmas Carol

General Introduction
– The end of the semester
– Freudian slips

The Surplus Population
– Scrooge and Thomas Malthus
– Enlightenment optimism
– Population checks
– Tiny Tim as a check on Malthus’ checks

Victorian Ghost Lore
– The chains
– The teleology of ghosts
– Conventional skepticism
– Gravy and graves

Dickens and Capitalism
– Fezziwig vs. Scrooge
– Misers vs. capitalists
– The capitalist as the life of the party

Tiny Tim
– Symbol or character?
– Wise children and noble cripples
– Christ the healer of the lame
– Tiny Tim as Pelagian Christ figure

Christmas Yet-To-Come
– Where Disney gets it wrong
– Imagining your funeral
– Scrooge’s conception of fate
– Does the reality of the vision matter?

Dickens and Advent
– Gilmour’s doubleminded Christmas
– Conversion story
A Christmas Carol as somewhere in between
– How to live in both worlds
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. Seattle: CreateSpace, 2011.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Trans. Constance Garnett. New York: Norton, 1976.

Irving, Washington. The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.

Malthus, Thomas. An Essay on the Principle of Population. New York: Oxford UP, 2008.

Pliny the Younger. The Complete Letters. Ed. P.D. Walsh. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.

Scott, Walter. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft. Seattle: CreateSpace, 2011.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. London: Arden, 2006.

4 comments
Nathan Gilmour
Nathan Gilmour

Yes, Paul, I did notice that on this reading. Also, good catch on the forgiveness--that's something I didn't treat in our episode. Our listeners and readers are the best!

Paul Schleifer
Paul Schleifer

Oh, and another thing--he doesn't just change his life. He asks forgiveness first--at least of his niece-in-law.

Paul Schleifer
Paul Schleifer

Oh, and have you ever noticed that the first thing Scrooge does upon leaving his house is go to a church service? That scene is given briefly in the Patrick Stewart version.