The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #107: Medieval 101

General Introduction 
– A busy summer
– How we spent our summer vacations
– Three big announcements

The Middle Ages and Antiquity
– The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
– Rhetorical constructs
– A slow and varied process
– How did the Medievals see themselves?

The Middle Ages and the Modern World
– Medieval Britain and the popular imagination
– The Agrarian cycle and the Church calendar
– A Medieval sandwich
– The sixth age of the world
– Feudalism and the rise of the middle class
– The Medieval World
– Medieval Times and the Disneyland Joust
– The Middle Ages and the Renaissance

The Rise of Islam
– More rhetorical invention
– Who’s the center of the world?
– Christians and pagans
– Islam and the Nestorians
– Supposed uniformity
– Islam and the Renaissance
– Cosmopolitanism in Baghdad

Medieval Systems
– Lewis vs. Ellul
– Classification and harmonization
– The order of the cosmos
– The Encyclopedia tradition
– Dante’s apotheosis
– Medieval empiricism and eclecticism
– The importance of tradition
– Deferring to the ancients, arguing with one another
Dante’s Letter to Can Grande

Homo Viator
– Man the pilgrim
– Greek philosophy meets biblical narrative
– Poetic examples
– The monastic tradition

“The Dark Ages”
– Nonpejorative uses
– Backward, savage regression
– Why Stephen Greenblatt should be ashamed of himself

Lightning Round
– The tradition of translation
– Gothic architecture
Ars Moriendi 

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