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The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #163: Listener Feedback

The Christian Humanists respond to listener emails. [0:00] An announcement from David Grubbs! [5:05] Why Christian Existentialism? [9:12] Kierkegaard and Christendom [17:41] John McAdams and academic freedom [27:09] More holy fools [30:15] Episode suggestions [35:43] John Adams insults / Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution. Also, Assassin’s Creed [39:58] The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (and Fuller…

Christian Humanist Profiles 12: Structuralism, Modern Literature, and Christianity

Anyone who’s spent any time at all with the New Testament is familiar with the opening sentences of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart…

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 #124: Pulp Fiction

…Oh, I’m sorry. Did I break your concentration? General Introduction – We’re all here! – The Polar Vortex – Listener feedback and a caveat Pulp Autobiography – Encountering the parody first – Why Danny hates Forrest Gump – Nathan Gilmour, n-words! – A college-freshman movie Non-Linear Plots – Formulating gaps for the viewer – A…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #5: Honoring the Question

One of the persistent heroes of philosophically minded folks is Socrates, the godfatherof question-askers, the Athenian philosopher, the drinker of hemlock. Although the Platonic dialogues never present him as entirely averse to speech-making, nonetheless, Socrates, in the Apology, famously describes himself as one who doesn’t relay divine wisdom to mortals so much as he asks questions…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #4: Job Through the Ages

Perhaps no book in the Hebrew Bible is more disturbing, befuddling, and thought-provoking than The Book of Job. Believers and nonbelievers alike have wrestled like the ideas and emotions put forth in this strange text for millennia now—and unsurprisingly, they’ve come to few shared conclusions about it, other than perhaps about its enduring greatness and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #115: A New Hope

General Introduction – Missing our cues – Listener feedback Our Histories with Star Wars – The anthropic principle – The mythology of childhood – The importance of the action figures – Video games and trading cards The Conception of the Film – Lucas’s scant filmography – THX-1138 and American Graffiti – Throwbacks and moral complexity…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #94: The Forest

General Introduction – Grubbs is back! – Old English – Snow – Listener feedback Etymology – Not promising – Madness and wood Biblical Forests – The Epic of Gilgamesh – Wildernesses and deserts – Man-eating forests – Trees clapping their hands – Joseph the stonemason Classical Forests – Forests and mountains – Centaurs – Categories…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #93.1: Answers to Your Questions

General Introduction – A month of decimals – What’s David teaching? John Donne and Death – Does he appeal to the bodily resurrection? – Quippiness, chipperness – Taking death seriously – Dimunutions and chipping away – An episode on suicide? – An episode on Donne? Christian Fiction, Revisited – Michial argues with Coyle Neal –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #81: Realism

General Introduction – Why we don’t have a Dr. Who episode – The Facebook page So What Is Realism? – The Oxford Guide weighs in – Realism vs. unbelievability – Artistic movements – Architectural realism – The discarding of decoration Realism Before Realism – The probable and the possible – Realism vs. nominalism – Iconography…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #67: A Christmas Carol

General Introduction – The end of the semester – Freudian slips The Surplus Population – Scrooge and Thomas Malthus – Enlightenment optimism – Population checks – Tiny Tim as a check on Malthus’ checks Victorian Ghost Lore – The chains – The teleology of ghosts – Conventional skepticism – Gravy and graves Dickens and Capitalism…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #62: Aeschylus

General Introduction – Flowin’ like a bottle of Drano – What’s on the blog? – A listener vastly overestimates us Who Is Prometheus? – Deflating Gilmour’s balloon – Zeus as new god on the block – Sympathy for Prometheus Zeus’s Role in the Play – Bodily absent, present via agents – Translating Zeus’s helpers –…

The Christian Humanist, Episode 42: Asceticism

General Introduction – Hey, it’s Spring Break (for some of us) – Good news! – Grubbs apologizes for our hiatus – Why we’re better than the other podcasts – What’s on the blog? – How can you hear Nathan preach? – Casserole X Hebrew Seclusion and Separation – Abra(ha)m leaves the city – Livestock kings…