Tag: Augustine

Christian Humanist Profiles 108: The Mestizo Augustine

Augustine of Hippo was one of the Fathers of Western Christianity, a Doctor of the Church. No theologian was more widely revered in medieval Europe, and his thought continues to be foundational in both the Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions. But Augustine wasn’t European, and only half Roman, and his Christianity was as blended as…

Christian Humanist Profiles 64: Augustine on the Christian Life

On August 28, 430 AD, as a Vandal army lay in siege around his beloved city, Bishop Augustine of Hippo Regius died and left Christendom a legacy. In the centuries that followed, this legacy profoundly shaped the Western Church, for he bequeathed to her large books with even larger ideas—from the depths of sin to…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #144: Allegory

David Grubbs holds forth with Nathan Gilmour and Michial Farmer about allegory, both as a mode of reading and as a literary genre. The debate hinges on what terms mean in which contexts: is a literary text defective because it’s an allegory, or are there good or bad allegories? Explore that and other questions with…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #141: The Christian Humanist Podcast

David Grubbs leads a discussion with Nathan Gilmour and Michial Farmer about what makes our podcast a particularly Christian endeavor. We also give our personal histories with the faith and with intellectualism and explain a few movements with which we associate–and don’t associate. Our intro music this week is a Vacation Bible School classic.

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #139: On Idolatry

Nathan Gilmour moderates a discussion about the treatise On Idolatry by the Patristic theologian Tertullian. Listen as we get mad at Tertullian and move the discussion into the realm of boycotts, guilt, and politics! Our theme music this week is Steve Taylor’s “Guilty by Association,” from 1984’s Meltdown. Does Taylor know that he’s implicitly attacking…

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…

Deconstruction on the Way to the Kingdom: A Review of The Gospel and the Mind

The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life by Bradley G. Green Crossway.  181 pp.  16.99 Sometimes folks who have recently learned about the synoptic gospels’ emphasis on the Kingdom of God (or Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew, or Kin-dom of God if you’re Tripp Fuller) succumb a certain temptation towards reductionism. …

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #105: The Freedom of a Christian

General Introduction – Yet more weather talk – Light and heavy episodes – Books for aspiring seminarians – Listener feedback Historical Background – The dedicatory epistle – Flattering the pope – Attacking the Holy See – Early and late Luther – Knowing your audience – Is Luther being ironic? Faith and Works – The indulgence…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #104: Intellectuals

General Introduction – More weather talk – Feed problems Not Etymology but History – David turns to the OED – The Enlightenment – Byron’s parody – Intellectual vs. physical – Other terms and overlaps Intellectual, Scholar, Academic, Man of Letters – Defined against one another – Ranges of interests – Career tracks – Levels of…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #100: Doxology

General Introduction – Spring Breaked, Spring Breaking, Will Spring Break – No listener feedback The Old 100th – Which tune? – A happy coincidence – Defining our terms – Words to frame God’s glory – Biblical doxologies Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – A broadening experience – Our international outreach – Our own…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #85: The Federalist Papers, Vol. 3

General Introduction – Manageable outcomes assessment – Midterm grades vs. Fall Break – Listener feedback – Teaching rhetoric at Christian colleges The Controversy Over the President – What the Anti-Federalists worried about – Classical fears – Anti-monarchical fever – Fascists and communists – Serraglia and Janissaries Hamilton Responds – Frequent elections (but not term limits)…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #70: Epistemology

General Introduction – Dr. Gilmour!!! – We kid because we envy – Listener feedback – The delay in show notes – What’s on the blog? What Is Epistemology? – It’s all indirectly Greek to me – Mise en abyme – Connection to metaphysics – Epistemology junkies – Invoking epistemology to affirm or deny metaphysics Ancient…

Another Story of Spirituality: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 1 January 2012

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 1 January 2012 (First Sunday after Christmas, Year B) Isaiah 61:10-62:3  • Psalm 148  • Galatians 4:4-7  • Luke 2:22-40 When people tell their own stories, we always do so in relationship to models: we can depart from them or model our own on them, but we’re always in relationship.  When conservative Christians…