Tag: Dante

Christian Humanist Profiles 135: A Beginner’s Guide to Dante’s Divine Comedy

Download or Stream this Episode In the middle of my journey through 2018, I found myself in a dark wood, and a bit more literally I found myself ready to teach Dante once more to a group of undergraduates.  Between the Commedia’s powerful central narrator and the ongoing inquiry into the nature of the soul,…

Christian Humanist Profiles 40: Rod Dreher on Dante

In the early fourteenth century one of the true figures of Christian intellectual genius gave us the Commedia, a pilgrim’s allegorical journey through Inferno and Purgatorio and Paradiso for the sake of his soul.  Rod Dreher’s latest book claims, with its very title, a place for that poem in the twenty first century: How Dante…

Eternal Possibilities: A Review of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory for Brazos Bloggers

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: A Protestant View of the Cosmic Drama By Jerry L. Walls 219 pp. Brazos Press. $19.99 Written theology, in my own experience with the faith, serves me differently during different seasons of life, and I’ve noticed that the benefit I derive from theology books is basically Aristotelian in character: the books…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #148: The Fisher King

Mea Culpa: In this episode, I (Michial) say that Amanda Plummer is British. In fact, she is the daughter of Christopher Plummer and is therefore American/Canadian. I still hate her accent in this movie. * * * Michial Farmer leads David Grubbs and Nathan Gilmour into the semester’s trilogy of episodes on Robin Williams movies…

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 #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 Problem with Doing What You Love

My father, a civil engineer, designs enormous conveyors which are used in rock quarries to carry stone to be crushed. The specifics of the designs are beyond my understanding as an English professor, but I understand enough to know that in a real sense my father’s conveyors are the backbone of modern society. Without them,…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #133: Psychology

General Introduction – Stay tuned ‘til the end for listener feedback Aristotelian Psychology – What does Aristotle mean by soul? – The soul and the body – Dante’s interpolation – Your undecaying mind – The final cause of the body – Types of souls – Thomas’s additions Christology and Psychology – The Nicene Creed –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #132: Physics

General Introduction  – Our special guest – Listener feedback – I dream of The Christian Humanist Podcast – C.S. Lewis and universalism – In which we explain pop culture to David Grubbs – Tolkien and Ransom – Anti-vaccination and the Internet – Bible episodes Aristotelian Physics – Phusis and natura – From dirt to gods…