Tag: Karl Marx

Christian Humanist Profiles 44: Miriam Leonard, Tragic Modernities

In its historical particularity tragedy had its first great moment in ancient Athens, when didaskaloi, educators, would compete for civic recognition staging increasingly elaborate exchanges of dramatic speeches.  And once the great Aeschylus and Sophocles and Euripides and, if Plato tells right, Agathon had their day, tragedy became a site for serious thinking in the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 19: Post-Christian Anxiety

Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is one of the most important texts in the history of sociology, and people have been citing it with various degrees of approval and understanding for more than a century now. But as the United States increasingly moves into a post-Protestant, even a post-Christian age,…

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 #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 #107: Medieval 101

General Introduction  – A busy summer – How we spent our summer vacations – Three big announcements The Middle Ages and Antiquity – The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Rhetorical constructs – A slow and varied process – How did the Medievals see themselves? The Middle Ages and the Modern World –…

Media Ecology and the Reformation: Some Brief Thoughts

The Christian Humanist crew got an email from Ford Seeuws,  listener and friend of Michial Farmer, last week, and the questions were interesting enough that I wanted to deal with them at some length on the blog.  One section of his email read as follows: A recent tweet sparked my curiosity, and I’d like to…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #17: Critical Theory vs. Great Books

General Introduction – Congratulations to David Grubbs, teacher of outstanding merit – What’s on the blog this week? – Buy our stuff! Renaissance and Reformation Education – Religious education – The move toward State education – Apprenticeships and grammar school – Calvin as the father of the Christian college – The birth of humanism –…