Author: Nathan P. Gilmour

Christian Humanist Profiles 172:

Stream or download this episode. When I was in seminary, in the first year of this millennium of ours, I was quite sure I was not an evangelical: I was part of the Stone-Campbell movement, and ours was no inerrantist holdover from the Scopes Trial but a nineteenth-century Protestant unity movement. Then I arrived at…

Christian Humanist Profiles 171: Psalms as a Grammar for Faith

Stream or download this episode. Late in his posthumously-published Philosophical Investigations, in section 373, Ludwig Wittgenstein presents a cryptic aphorism regarding grammar: “Grammar tells what kind of object anything is. (Theology as grammar.)”  That thought has offered teasing possibilities to people of faith as long as we’ve read Wittgenstein, and one fascinating project arising from…

Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode #110: Evangelicals and Gaming

Download or Stream this Episode Readings Satanic Panic Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATUpSPj0x-c    Bowling Alone “Cliff Notes” https://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/Accounts/6970/Downloads/4381/Bowling%20Alone%20Article.pdf   Ascendency of Euro Games https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/german-board-games-catan/550826/      Passing Along:   Madeline: Commissioned  Dragoon   https://lovethynerd.com/8-questions-you-should-ask-before-starting-a-game-night/   Ilia:Fluxx 

Christian Humanist Profiles 169: That All Shall Be Saved

Download or Stream this Episode I remember translating the opening verses of 1 Timothy 2 for a Greek class in seminary.  I had read the passage in English, and I had read some who insisted that whatever the book means when it says that God “desires that all be saved,” it couldn’t possibly mean what…

Christian Humanist Profiles 162: What Are Biblical Values?

Download or Stream this Episode Alasdair MacIntyre’s books taught me over the years to attend to the history of our moral language.  In some places, at some times, humility will be a vice that signals a lack of concern for justice, and at others humility is a central virtue without which the other virtues cannot…

Christian Humanist Profiles 161: Resisting Throwaway Culture

Download or Stream this Episode Something went haywire with American politics not long into the social-media age.  Report after report told us that America was sick and tired of the two major factions, yet the only avenue for someone to disrupt those factions seemed to be securing the faction’s nod to run for president in…

Christian Humanist Profiles 159: Good Arguments

Download or Stream this Episode Some time in the nineteenth century, somebody decided it was a good idea to move writing out of its prominent place at the apex of the liberal arts education and instead to pound it into an iron gate, a device for keeping the unworthy from the “real” courses colleges offer.…

Christian Humanist Profiles 156: The Art of Christian Reflection

Download or Stream this Episode On the first terrace of Purgatory proper, the pilgrim Dante looks up and looks down and sees art everywhere, art so grand that it surpasses the nature that, in Dante’s Aristotelian world, art was supposed to reflect.  He soon realizes that the art is there not merely to showcase the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 152: On Being Awesome

Download or Stream this Episode What is the chief end of a human life?  Do we look to the catechism and say that the glory of God is the ultimate term?  Do Enlightenment notions of freedom occupy that governing spot? What if the best-lived life seeks excellence and beauty for the sake of being awesome?…

Christian Humanist Profiles 151: The Craft of University Teaching

Download or Stream this Episode “At this level, at the college level, there are no single, simple formula that will tell you the best way to proceed.  You must become the kind of person, the kind of writer who makes the right judgment calls when the moment calls for judgment.”  I’ve repeated that counsel to…

Christian Humanist Profiles 148: Knowing and the Trinity

Download or Stream this Episode To claim that God created all things, seen and unseen, is as uncontroversial as the historical creeds–and as controversial.  Such a claim leads readily to questions about the nature of those unseen things: what would it mean for Logic to stand relative to an absolute creator God?  What of Time?…

Christian Humanist Profiles 146: Remembering James Cone

Download or Stream this Episode On April 28, 2018, theologian James Cone died, and many like me who were seminarians in the last quarter of the twentieth century knew that a giant had passed from our midst.  Back in October 2018, The Christian Humanist Podcast dedicated a trio of episodes, numbers 247-249, to his book…

Christian Humanist Profiles 145: A Slow and Sudden God

Download or Stream this Episode When one wanders for forty, what comes next?  For Chris Maxwell, the answer is that he shares his reflections and confessions, his observations and his questions with anyone who would read.  The result is the collection that we’re talking about today, a slow and sudden God: 40 years of wonder.…

Christian Humanist Profiles 144: God Can’t

Download or Stream this Episode In the famous chapter “Rebellion” in Dostoevsky’s great novel The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan Karamazov does not offer logical proof that the universe does not admit of a divine creator; instead he rehearses the suffering of children in the world and says that, if God needs those children to suffer–even if…

Christian Humanist Profiles 142: The Road to Edmond

Download or Stream this Episode Every vision of human goodness takes its most memorable form in stories.  Courage conjures tales of warriors and martyrs. Wisdom might remind us of particularly complex riddles, whether posed by a sphinx or by the difficulties of life together.  So what about Christian virtues? What kinds of stories might we…