Category: Philosophy

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…

Book of Nature, Ep. 36: Adventures in Abstract and Concrete Thought

In this episode, your three intrepid Book of Naturists held forth on the subject of Thought – in the ideas surrounding the differences between and complementary natures of Abstract and Concrete thinking.  This episode lurches between the ideas of Plato and Piaget, Kant and others – so sit down with a beverage of your choice…

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 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 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?…

Book of Nature, Ep. 22: Consciousness

Recorded in late May 2017, in this episode of Book of Nature, your hosts grapple with what it means to be sentient – to have a conscious existence.   Subjects of discussion include philosophical underpinnings of what it means to be a self, and the essence of the mind-body problem, and how both scientists and Christian…

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.