Tag: John Updike

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #30: REVENGE!

Our theme music this week is Ted Leo’s “The Sons of Cain,” from 2007’s Living with the Living. Does it remind anyone else of Hey Dude for some reason? General Introduction – A month of Christian Humanists – What’s on the blog? – Nathan axe crazy – Like us on Facebook! Cain, the Sons of…

A Primer on Religious Existentialism, Pt. 6: Apologetics

I grew up at the tail-end of the Evangelical Apologetics Explosion. Somewhat arbitrarily, I’m selecting as the apex of that movement the year 1999. (I use that date because of the publication of Josh McDowell’s New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, but that was also the year of Norman Geisler’s Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #21: Literary Criticism

That’s the end of Season 2, folks. We’ve had a great time doing the show, and we’re glad you listen. We explain our summer plans in the show itself. Keep listening, and keep reading! General Introduction – So long, Season 2 – Listener feedback – What’s on the blog? – Our summer plans and our…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #18: Sports

The music this week, at Nathan Gilmour’s request, is John Fogerty’s “Center Field.” What squadron is Fogerty’s favorite? General Introduction – A tribute to the Internet Monk – What’s on the blog? – Buy our merchandise! Our Experiences – Nathan’s seminary basketball league – The saddest story you’ve ever heard – What do we like…

Toward a Christian Conception of Satire

I have more questions than answers in today’s post, I’m afraid, so I’m counting on your comments to help move me through this topic. It came about through a simultaneous reading of Sinclair Lewis’s 1922 novel Babbitt and the late stages of John Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom tetralogy (1961-1990). The attitude these two authors take toward…