Tag: Karl Barth

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 #143: Proofs for God

Nathan Gilmour hosts a conversation about the five “proofs of God” from the opening sections of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae. Our discussion ranges over what a proof is for, whether the ontology in the proofs holds up post-Kant, whether reason and revelation can really be friends, and all sorts of groovy philosophical things. Our intro music…

Christian Humanist Profiles 9: A Very Critical Introduction to Hauerwas with Nicholas Healy

If we write, our best friends might just be those who write against us.  Luther and Erasmus, both formidable thinkers, derive at least part of their well-earned place in the Church’s memory because of their fierce struggle over the freedom or the bondage of the will.  Friedrich Nietzsche, whose reputation in philosophical circles was in no…

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…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #100: Doxology

General Introduction – Spring Breaked, Spring Breaking, Will Spring Break – No listener feedback The Old 100th – Which tune? – A happy coincidence – Defining our terms – Words to frame God’s glory – Biblical doxologies Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – A broadening experience – Our international outreach – Our own…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #32.1: Church Music Revisited

General Introduction – Where’s Michial teach again? – Stuck in the middle with the soulless Calvinists – The plan for November Talking Back, Not Bach – One hand in the hornet’s nest – Forgive us, please – David and Michial hate each other What Is Emotion, Anyway? – Good feelings and a warm heart –…

A Link or Eight for to Ponder and Meditate

Susan McWilliams laments that Modern Family has benefits that actual modern life has stripped away from most families. Patrick Deneen wonders whether 18th-century liberalism had inherent in its project the roots of 21st-century liberalism. Stanley Fish once again fails to deliver a convincing reason why there should be humanities departments at all.  (Take note, Christian…

A Primer on Religious Existentialism, Pt. 7: The Draw

Thus far in this series, I haven’t really discussed any theologian who might be rightly considered an existentialist, as opposed to an influence or proto-existentialist. (The exception is Karl Barth, whom I’ve brought up several times and who is existentialist to the core.) Having, I think, demonstrated the importance of religious sources for early formulations…

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…

Alienation, Existentialism, and the Theological Hole

Alienation is such a major fixation for existentialists that it can be easy to forget that they didn’t invent it. (Students, like me, of Christian existentialism are more likely to say that the Hebrew Bible invented the concept, which was then preserved like a faithful remnant in the writings of St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, etc.,…