Tag: Alasdair Macintyre

Christian Humanist Profiles 101: The Benedict Option

Download this Episode In that strange moment that Petrarch called the Dark Ages and Enlightenment historians called the beginning of the Middle Ages, the great city-builders that once stretched their hand from the Euphrates in the East to the Atlantic in the West ran out of energy, and powerful tribes, perhaps the people who inspired…

The Book of Nature Podcast, Episode #6: Scientific Virtues

Is being a good person necessary to do good science? Can doing good science make one a good person? Can doing good science make one a good Christian? Charles Hackney leads a discussion on the scientific virtues, based on the article Virtue and the Scientist by Jiin-Yu Chen. Opening banter Listener feedback Virtue ethics and…

Do Freshman Composition Students Have Minds?: A Response to Alex Genetti

Responding to our recent episode on Stanley Hauerwas’s essay “Honor in the University,” my former student Alex Genetti posed a fun question about the essay and the practice of teaching.  If you haven’t listened to the episode, give it a run: among other things, it was some of the first Hauerwas that Grubbs or Farmer…

Christian Humanist Profiles 19: Post-Christian Anxiety

Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is one of the most important texts in the history of sociology, and people have been citing it with various degrees of approval and understanding for more than a century now. But as the United States increasingly moves into a post-Protestant, even a post-Christian age,…

Christian Humanist Profiles 10: Kierkegaard’s Concept of Faith

Ever since the English-speaking world discovered the work of Søren Kierkegaard in the middle part of the last century, he has been an indispensable part of the Western philosophical and theological traditions. He is seen, variously, as a precursor to movements as diverse as existentialism, poststructuralism, evangelicalism, and neo-orthodoxy. Few people make it through higher…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #140: Answers to Your Questions

We answer your emails today! If you’d like to be included on a future listener-feedback episode, send your comments, complaints, critiques, or criticism to thechristianhumanist@gmail.com. Here are the time marks for the individual emails and subjects, should you wish to skip ahead. [03:05] Mark Heard and listener feedback about listener feedback. (See below.) [04:29] Karl…

Telos and Teaching: A Review of What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain Harvard University Press.  190 pp. Among Alasdair MacIntyre’s more famous claims is that every ethics presumes a sociology.  Philosophies of human action do not rise out of nowhere; they’re systematic reflections that arise out of particular forms of life, whether those forms be the Athenian polis,…

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…