Tag: John Milton

Christian Humanist Profiles 50: The Poetry of John Milton

Download this interview or listen on Stitcher Chaucer amuses us and Shakespeare moves us and Donne charms us, but among English poets none towers over us quite as John Milton does. From his revolutionary ethical absolutism to his grand, soaring poetic settings, Milton’s verse challenges the reader in ways that are genuinely unique. Gordon Teskey…

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…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #135: Songs of Innocence and Experience

General Introduction – Some eschatology – Listener feedback – A Dante omission – A dedicated After Virtue episode? – Jacques Barzun on baseball – YOLO, tower libraries – Cain and the Alien series Poet and Prophet – Rival powers – The invisible chains across the Atlantic – Human goodness and human freedom – Struggle and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #122.1: Milton’s Nativity Ode

General Introduction – How cold is it? – Michial is froggy – Which one of you is the butler? – A big load of listener feedback – Our devoted lovers and our dirty John Donne headspace Situating the Nativity Ode – A college senior – No reputation – Our shame is deep The Trinity and…

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 #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 #87: Death

General Introduction – Nathan’s snottier than usual – David goes back to bed – Listener feedback Death in the Bible – A Psalm of Moses – Daniel speaks out – Job knows that his redeemer liveth – Conscious afterlife? – Christ and Lazarus – The Bible’s lack of systematic theology Other Ancient Views – Nathan…

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…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #71: Humility

General Introduction – What’s not on the blog? – Thus begins the triptych of spring 2012 New Testament Humility – The ethics of humility – The Golden Rule, further – Christ’s kenosis and ours – Greatness requires great humility – Gregory the Great Servant Thomist Humility – Aristotelian balance – Seven virtues – The interconnectedness…

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 –…

Episode #56: Civil Wars

General Introduction – Comparing offices – What’s on the blog? – Listener feedback – Punching the tar baby Absalom, Absalom! – The roots of civil war in incest – Popular support – Mourning for the enemy – (It’s “Absalon, Fili Mi,” not “Absalon, Mili Fi”) – The Gore Vidal view of history Rome – Which…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #52: Theological Dramatics

General Introduction –  What’s wrong with the blog? –  Our shame in the face of The Pietist Schoolman –  The perils of Internet celebrity –  Working on our Night Cheese The History of the Book –  Should you buy it? –  What Nathan argues –  How it got published Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum –  Nested…