Category: Art

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…

Munich's WWI Memorial

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #34: Munich

The fourth season of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast wrapped up with Sam Mulberry and me talking about our favorite memorials, museums, meals, and masterpieces in the southern German city of Munich. In addition, we closed with some broader reflections on the spiritual purposes of travel. (If nothing else, skip ahead to 33:50 for our discussion of Dachau…

Les Invalides

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #33: Paris

Sam and I are back from our Thanksgiving break to talk through the next stop on our “World Wars in Western Europe” tour: Paris, France After trying to decide whether or not Paris is our favorite city in the world — and why American college students rarely recognize it as anything like a contender for that…

Vimy National Memorial

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #32: The Western Front

Our Pietist Schoolman Podcast travelogue continues with the Western Front of World War I: Sam Mulberry and I talked about the battlefields at the heart of our January 2019 travel course and June 2019 adults tour on the history of the world wars. While we did mention favorite meals, we skipped museums in order to focus on this season’s other…

The Cenotaph, with Big Ben in the background

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #31: London

We’re happy to announce the return of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast for its fourth season! This time out, Sam Mulberry and I are going with a travelogue theme, as we prepare to lead Bethel University students on our World War I travel course next January… and then take our first group of adults on a “World Wars in Western Europe” tour…

Christian Humanist Profiles 129: Resurrecting Easter

Download or Stream this Episode We proclaim Jesus in words, dispute theological differences in words, exhort the faithful in words.  But the spoken and the written word were never the whole of what Christians do.  We sing.  Sometimes we dance.  And we make pictures.  Some of those pictures allow us to question and to exhort…

Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #225: The Idea of a Christian Society

Michial Farmer talks with David Grubbs and Nathan Gilmour about T.S. Eliot’s essay “The Idea of a Christian Society.” This episode comes to you live from the Culture, Criticism, and the Christian Mind conference at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Gregory, Rebel in the Ranks

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #28: Sola Scriptura and Christian Unity

Is the Protestant principle of sola scriptura antithetical to Christian unity? That’s the argument of Catholic historian Brad Gregory, in his newest book: “Though it liberated evangelicals from the Roman Church, [“scripture alone”] also plunged them into the beginning of an unwanted Protestant pluralism. What lay behind these church-dividing disagreements was the very thing that had launched the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 98: Icons in the Western Church

The difference between Eastern and Western traditions of Christianity is made visible by many marks, but none more distinctly than the Eastern icon. Their regular visual style, following ancient and set patterns, pulls against the instinct of Western art toward originality and novelty. The responses they evoke from Eastern Christians push beyond what Western sensibilities…

The "High Rise" at Fermilab

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #5: Sciences and Arts

It’s time to start addressing some blind spots in our vision for higher education, as Dick Peterson embellishes on his brief remarks about science education in our book from InterVarsity Press and Ken Steinbach discusses the visual arts — utterly absent from that book. Better yet, both talk about teaching — a part of their craft…

Dante’s Purgatorio and Graduate School

Why Can’t Grad School Be Purgatorial? No, good reader, that would be too easy.  Graduate school itself wasn’t much at all like Purgatory.  After all, the conditions for my leaving graduate school had little to do with desire for God and not much more to do with purging vices.  No, graduate school is a place…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #135: Songs of Innocence and Experience

General Introduction – Some eschatology – Listener feedback – A Dante omission – A dedicated After Virtue episode? – Jacques Barzun on baseball – YOLO, tower libraries – Cain and the Alien series Poet and Prophet – Rival powers – The invisible chains across the Atlantic – Human goodness and human freedom – Struggle and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #134: Cain

General Introduction – Nathan levels up! – Listener feedback – Christian naturism – Rogers, Rogers everywhere – Telos and Matthew 5:48 – Christian college and losing one’s faith – The problem with universal morality The Genesis Account – The first mortal born of humans – A function name, not an origin name – Cain’s sacrifice…

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 –…

50 Books for Aspiring Seminarians

I’ve often told people who aspire to graduate school in Biblical studies or theology that an English major might just serve them better than a Bachelor’s degree in ministry.  Most undergrads roundly ignore me, but recently three of my own students, Peyton and Johnathan and Seth, two English majors and an English minor, have told…