Author: Nathan P. Gilmour

Christian Humanist Profiles 207: The Herods

Download or Stream this Episode Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann famously says that, as far as the Bible is concerned, any Pharaoh is just a Pharaoh–Genesis and Exodus don’t take any time to distinguish between all the Hoteps and the Rameseses and the Tutankhamans–once you’ve seen one Pharaoh, you’ve seen ‘em all.  The New Testament…

Christian Humanist Profiles 215: The Faiths of Others

Download or Stream this Episode In his groundbreaking book After Virtue Alasdair MacIntyre begins with a simple proposal: let’s study ethics as if human beings were historical, contingent beings, and perhaps some new questions will arise.  The results were a revival of virtue ethics in philosophy and theology; new attention to interactions between literary narratives…

Christian Humanist Profiles 205: Divine Self-Involvement

Download or Stream this Episode In Professing English, his history of English as an academic discipline and a university department, Gerald Graff claims that departmental boundaries are the fortifications of wars that the living have forgotten, along with the valiant dead who fought them.  Thus only those who know some history know why written and…

Christian Humanist Profiles 199: How to Think Like Shakespeare

Stream or Download this Episode You’ve downloaded an episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, so the odds are more than fair that you’ve read some Shakespeare, watched some Shakespeare, perhaps performed some Shakespeare.  But what would it mean to teach as Shakespeare’s teachers taught and think in the allusive, rhetorical manner that comes across in his…

Christian Humanist Profiles 198: A City on a Hill

Download or Stream this Episode The phrase “American exceptionalism” has become a commonplace term of concern in American political journalism.  Politicians who claim said exceptionalism, so the conventional story goes, are more prone to be militaristic, to impose America’s will on America’s peers, and otherwise to misbehave.  But when this notion of exception arose, in…

Christian Humanist Profiles 188: Analyzing Doctrine

Download or Stream this Episode In academic philosophy over the last century or so, the various thinkers in French and German and Slovenian traditions, even those who do not live in Europe, have fallen under the geographic label “Continental” while those influenced by English-speaking philosophy have taken on the name “Analytic.”  In my own theological…

Christian Humanist Profiles 187: God’s Body

Download or Stream this Episode Biblical Studies can’t seem to figure out what to do with the Greeks.  One voice warns against Platonizing influences on Christian theology, and another calls for suspicion of the “Hellenization thesis.”  Then, as one figures out what to do with that tension, one remembers that Platonists and Stoics and Epicureans…

Christian Humanist Profiles 186: Christ’s Associations

Download or Stream this Episode When we read the New Testament, its epistles and narratives and apocalyptic visions give us a vivid picture of life, the world, a cosmic mission.  But ancient Christians, just as Christians in our own moment, also lived day to day in towns and cities, and careful attention to the ways…

Christian Humanist Profiles 183: End Times Anxiety

Download or Stream this Episode “Two men walking up a hill/ one disappears, and one’s left standing still.”  Whether someone hears that first as a Larry Norman melody or, like me, one discovered it on the “Jesus Freak” single by DC Talk, the image has its roots in a certain reading of certain passages of…

Christian Humanist Profiles 180: History and Eschatology

Download or Stream this Episode The Gifford Lectures have always taken as their project to “promote and diffuse the study of natural theology in the widest sense of the term,” and some of the best books to come out of that lecture series have tested just how wide the term can be. In 2018 N.T.…

Christian Humanist Profiles 179: Idolatry

Download or Stream this Episode Twenty years ago, when I was in seminary, I read all about idolatry: I learned that it only became a meaningful category when Israel emerged as the nation without divine images.  It represents one consistent focus of prophetic literature and the occasion for some truly troubling sexual allegories, and in…

Christian Humanist Profiles 176: Never Doubt Thomas

Download or Stream this Episode In his famous essay “On the Reading of Old Books” C.S. Lewis praises the texts of ages past not because they were so often right–none of us bats a thousand–but that, in being wrong and being right about very different questions, they make apparent to us future-dwellers that we’re not…

Christian Humanist Profiles Revisited: An Interview with Roger Scruton

Download or Stream this Episode Nathan Gilmour, along with many at the Christian Humanist Radio Network, was sad to hear of Roger Scruton’s death this week.  To honor his work in philosophy, we’re revisiting Gilmour’s interview with Scruton from February 2016.  The book is How to Be a Conservative from Bloomsbury, and the interview ranges over subject…