Tag: Henry David Thoreau

Christian Humanist Profiles 41: Jeffrey Bilbro

There’s often a mutual uneasiness between environmentalists and Christians, especially evangelical Christians, as if believing the Apostle’s Creed means that you aren’t able to care about the condition of the material world, and as if caring about the condition of the material world means that you’re not able to take orthodoxy seriously. Fortunately, Christians of…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #7: Our Posthuman Brave New World

A few months ago, I got into an argument with a friend of mine about Google’s new driverless car. I’m much less optimistic about technology than he is, and I couldn’t share his enthusiasm about this new technological marvel. All I could think of was the tens of thousands of professional drivers—taxis and buses and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #112: Authenticity

General Introduction – Listener feedback – The Christian Feminist Podcast Beginning with Grammar – Reflection of essential being – The trouble with the term – Self-concept and projected self – Inauthenticity and hypocrisy Heideggerian Authenticity – What makes Dasein Dasein? – Death as Dasein’s ownmost – Authenticity vs. genuineness – Inauthentic attitudes toward death –…

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 #93.2: Pragmatism

General Introduction – Where’s Grubbs? – A programming note – Listener feedback C.S. Peirce – What do our sentences mean? – Synthesizing physical phenomena – Peirce as Father of Analytic Philosophy – The scientific method – Meaninglessness and falsity – His many systems William James – What makes philosophy “true”? – Ethical and aesthetic enjoyment…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #68: Romanticism

General Introduction – Welcome back, Professor Grubbs! – Welcome back, respectability! – How did Nathan blog so much? What Is Romanticism? – Not the sentimental relationship – Not the genre – Not the global mindset – The Romantic movement and the Enlightenment – Searching for a starting date – The problem with Romantic innovation –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode 41: Carpe Diem

General Introduction – We’re all back! – Farmer’s hobbit faux pas Defining the Phenomenon – Robin Williams and the English Romantics – Personal fulfillment – Raging against the machine with Glee – How does one make life extraordinary, anyway? – “Let your freak flag fly”: carpe diem gets crass Hebrews and Greeks: A New Kind…

"Civil Disobedience" and Political Cowardice

I dislike Walden so intensely and thoroughly that I’ve somehow avoided reading Henry David Thoreau’s other great masterwork, the much shorter “Civil Disobedience,” until this year. The joke was on me—this essay is far more readable and less aggravating than its younger sibling, maybe due to its length (it’s about one-twelfth the length of Walden)…