Category: History

Christian Humanist Profiles 167: Introducing Medieval Interpretation

Perhaps no era of biblical interpretation is less appreciated than the Middle Ages. After all, weren’t the medievals at best just perpetuators of patristic readings, and at worst the most unbounded and fantastic of allegorists? If the scholars of the Middle Ages are recovered these days, it is usually for their mystically- or philosophically-inflected theologies,…

City of Man, Episode 89: Ancient Asides 12, The End of the World as We Know It

Download or Stream this Episode In this Episode, Coyle and Jordan talk about the end of the Roman Empire, from the reign of Theodosius to the fall of the Western Empire. Books/readings mentioned in the episode: Emperors of Rome by David Potter Chronicle of the Roman Emperors by Chris Scarre Jack Whyte’s series  Empires and Barbarians by…

The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode 108: Kate Chopin

Ilia Danner Grubbs, Victoria Reynolds Farmer, and Katie Norman Grubbs discuss the intersectionality of Kate Chopin’s works through two of her short stories.   INTRODUCTIONS   KNOWING: Working definition and significance of intersectional feminism Kimberlé Crenshaw Article: Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics…

City of Man, Episode 86: Ancient Asides 11, the Fourth Century

Download or Stream this Episode In this episode, Coyle and Jordan talk about the political and religious maneuverings of the Fourth Century, between the death of Constantine and the rise to power of Theodosius. How Rome Fell by Adrian Goldsworthy (How Rome Fell) Roman Realities by Finley Hooper Julian the Apostate by G.W. Bowersock Day of the Barbarians by Alessandro…

City of Man, Episode 82: Ancient Asides 10, Constantine

Download or Stream this Episode In this episode, Coyle and Jordan tackle the most divisive and complex figure in the postapostolic church. Mentioned in the Episode: Lactantius, On the Deaths of the Persecutors Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History Eusebius, Life of Constantine Adrian Goldsworthy, How Rome Fell Michael Grant, Constantine the Great Ross Cowan, Milvian Bridge Peter Leithart, Defending Constantine Evelyn Waugh, Helena Istanbul and…

City of Man, Episode 78: Ancient Asides 9, Diocletian

Download or Stream this Episode In this eighth episode of the City of Man sub-series, Ancient Asides, Coyle and Jordan Poss talk about Diocletian, the Roman emperor between 284-305, whose reign brought the conflict and crises of the last 70 years to an end, and ushers in a long period of relative stability. Readings Mentioned…

City of Man, Episode 74: Ancient Asides 8 Heresy and Apologetics in the Early Church

Download or Stream this Episode In the eighth episode of our Ancient Asides miniseries, Coyle and Jordan talk about the early church in the Roman Empire from 150-300AD Readings from the Episode: The DaVinci Code (yes, that one) Helena by Evelyn Waugh 4th Eclogue by Virgil Patrick’s Bad Analogies by Lutheran Satire Popular Patristics Series (especially…

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…

City of Man, Episode 73: Review of “The Outlaw King”

Download or Stream this Episode In today’s episode, Coyle is joined by Jordan Poss to review The Outlaw King, Netflix’s new historical drama about Robert the Bruce, the King of Scotland. They discuss the historical setting, the qualities of the movie as a film, and the politics of Medieval Kingship. Jordan Poss Recommends: A Great…

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…

City of Man, Episode 70: Ancient Asides, the Early Church and the book of Acts

Download or Stream this Episode In this episode, Coyle and Jordan talk about the first years of Christianity. Readings from the Episode: Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, Richard Bauckham Jesus, A Very Short Introduction, Richard Bauckham The Christians as the Romans Saw Them, Robert Wilcken Roman Society and Roman Law in the New Testament, A.N. Sherwin-White Letters,…

City of Man, Episode 64: Ancient Asides–The Final Background to the New Testament

Download or Stream this Episode In today’s episode, Coyle is back with Jordan Poss to continue on with Ancient Asides as they reset and look back at the incorportation of Judea into the Roman Empire. Books Mentioned in the Episode: Ghost on the  Throne by James Romm Dividing the Spoils by Robin Waterfield Alexander to…