Tag: Jacques Derrida

Reading Through Principles of Christian Theology part 4: Chapter 6

MacQuarrie has been interested from the very beginning of Principles of Christian Theology in the ability or inability of human language to express the experiences and revelations that make up the beginnings of religion. The first sentence of the book, after all, says that theology “seeks to express the content of this faith in the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 45: Literature as Spiritual Experience

There are winners and losers every time intellectual capital changes hands. But the upside of that process is that there are always figures from the past who are ready to be rediscovered and repurposed for a new generation. One of the literary critics who suffered from the poststructuralist revolution in the late 1960s is the…

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…

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…

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 #126.1: Postmodernism 101

General Introduction – Snowpocalypse, Round Two – Sprezzatura, sprezzatura – Listener feedback – American folk The Postmodern Condition – The age of networked computers – Incredulity toward metanarratives – Speculation and emancipation – What counts as knowledge(s)? – Description or prescription Foucault – Structuralism begets poststructuralism – Power manifesting itself in society – Pessimistic description…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode 76.1: The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship

General Introduction – Where’s Grubbs? – Listener feedback – Thanks to CWC What’s So Outrageous? – Empirical verifiability – The problems with this model – A rabbit trail about rhetoric – Everyone else’s assumptions – Scientism in the 21st century – Self-policing, not persecution How Viable Is Postmodernism? – Depends on your discipline – Poststructuralists’…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #48: Canons (Within Canons)

General Introduction – The end of an era – What we want on our statues – What’s on the blog? – Freshman comp clichés – More on DVD players in cars What is a Canon? – The Biblical Canon – Inclusion and exclusion – The Western Canon – The six types of criticism and canons…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #46: Cybernetics

BLOOPBLEEPBLURGH General Introduction – What’s on the blog? – The feud continues – Polymathery Cybernetics as Governance – Not a portmanteau! – Getting organized as a spiritual gift – Rudder-steerer – Modern definition – Military purposes – David Grubbs’s computer-programming past – Feedback loops and exploding robot heads – Cyborgs vs. androids The Myth of…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #43: The Phaedrus and the Nature of Rhetoric

General Introduction – What’s on the blog? – Listener feedback Plato Gets Hostile – Nathan explains Weaver – Why does Plato hate rhetoric? – Structure vs. content – What is pleasant and what is good – Giving the sophists a bad name Weaver’s Platonic Allegory – Farmer gets insulting – Interpretation of the performances –…

The Christian Humanist, Episode #28.1: Heidegger

General Introduction – Where’s David Grubbs? – A change in plans – Listener feedback – Forgive our pink noise (it goes away quickly, I promise) Reading Being and Time – The heady days of spring 2009 – Why we’re both incompetent Heidegger’s Position in Philosophical History – Gilgamesh and death – Finitude as definition of…