Tag: John Milbank

Christian Humanist Profiles 24: John Milbank, Beyond Secular Order

When we try to make sense of the world, narrative is everything.  And when we tell the story of theology in late modernity, we underestimate at our peril how important the stories are that surround the practice.  Is Theologia the beleaguered and aging protagonist, striving valiantly but perhaps in futility to keep up with Science…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #147: H.P. Lovecraft

David Grubbs gets spooky with Michial Farmer and Nathan Gilmour as the trio discusses the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Conversations range from literary influence to biological racism, with some discussions on artistic imagination thrown in for good measure. The stories at the core of the conversation are “The Call of Cthulhu,” “Arthur Jermyn,” and…

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 #118: Metamodernism

General Introduction – Listener feedback – We talk about Mike Tyson for awhile What Is Postmodernism? – Modernism without the anxiety – Incredulity toward metanarratives – Playfulness and literary production – Local subjective truths – Ontology, not epistemology – Historicism in biblical studies – Postmodernist architecture – Whose metamodernism? – Smiling nihilism Postmodern Irony –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #98: Ode on a Grecian Urn

General Introduction – We read the poem – Happy snow—happy, happy snow! – No listener feedback The Great Odes of 1819 – What do they have in common? – Experimentation with sonnets – The lyric tradition – Meditations on inner states – What is an ode, anyway? “Grecian Urn” and British Romanticism – The production…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #95: Plato's Aesthetics

General Introduction – Dry, bleeding Kansas – Hardcore listener feedback Ancient Greek Art – Our access to it – Black and red, figure and background – The Parthenon – Classical tragedy and comedy – Other poetry – Music – What did the statues look like? The Republic and Art – The educational argument – Plato’s…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #79: The Doctor Is In!

General Introduction – Welcome back! – A hot Minnesota August – Nathan’s premature semester – Looking forward to David’s J-Term – Prolegomena to Rock – Listener feedback – Can we get Nathan to rap? – Like us on Facebook Explain the Encyclopedia – A long ride on an elevator – Introduction to Contemporary Christian Theology…

Feminism, Positivism, and Which One Excludes

  “Why Be Religious?” at Feministe Recently Victoria (who’s married to one of the better Christian Humanists) sent me the link above, noting that reading the post and the following comments made her “want to throw things.”  She asked me to help her articulate why such was her reaction, and rather than post my response…

Link Elephants on Parade

How Moby-Dick prefigures Nietzsche. Alasdair Macintyre criticizes Research-I universities for not really being universities. Jay Bennet, Super-Calvinist, says, “Get the Christ out of Christmas!” A Message from your University President (parody or prophecy?) James K.A. Smith on the Secularization of Thanksgiving (a couple weeks late) John Milbank connects the secular, mediation, and the global Pentecostal…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #34: The Faerie Queene

General Introduction – Hey, there’s four of us! – A needless interruption – What’s on the blog? – David pleases the king Background – A little-read Great Book – Spenser’s social climbing – The messy composition – Disillusionment in the second half? – Personal and civic virtue Let’s Talk Carla – The broad strokes of…