Tag: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Christian Humanist Profiles 45: Literature as Spiritual Experience

There are winners and losers every time intellectual capital changes hands. But the upside of that process is that there are always figures from the past who are ready to be rediscovered and repurposed for a new generation. One of the literary critics who suffered from the poststructuralist revolution in the late 1960s is the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 12: Structuralism, Modern Literature, and Christianity

Anyone who’s spent any time at all with the New Testament is familiar with the opening sentences of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #139: On Idolatry

Nathan Gilmour moderates a discussion about the treatise On Idolatry by the Patristic theologian Tertullian. Listen as we get mad at Tertullian and move the discussion into the realm of boycotts, guilt, and politics! Our theme music this week is Steve Taylor’s “Guilty by Association,” from 1984’s Meltdown. Does Taylor know that he’s implicitly attacking…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #136: Gabriel García Márquez

Nathan Gilmour leads a discussion with Michial Farmer and David Grubbs about two stories by the late Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez—“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “The Handomest Drowned Man in the World.” Our opening music this week is Pep Squad’s “Angel,” from their 1998 album No Doy!

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #125: The Great American Novel

General Introduction – Keeping the seat warm – Danny gets it right! – Listener feedback – Christian Humanist University Personal Definitions – Exemplifying American-ness – The changing representation of Huckleberry Finn – Shakespeare as American author – Subverting the American spirit – Great Novels from other countries The Nationalist Epic – Ex post facto epics…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #106: Witches

General Introduction – The end of the season – On doctoral regalia – Summer courses – Slightly less minor internet celebrities – Ongoing projects Witches in the Bible – Saul and the non-witch of Endor – Necromancy – Countercultural power – Not suffering chanters – Other Ancient Near Eastern prohibitions – State-sponsored sorcery Greco-Roman Witches…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #97: Kubla Khan

General Introduction – We read the poem – Listener feedback – The best listener email ever The Back Story – Laudanum – Seeing images – The disruptive doorbell – The precession of the back story – Writers and drugs The History – The real Kublai Khan – Khan’s pleasure dome – Orientalism – The medieval…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #89: Flannery O'Connor

General Introduction – This time David’s sick – Advising time – Old English – Listener feedback Who Was Flannery O’Connor? – Contemporary popularity – Iowa Writer’s Workshop – Christian theology – Appeal to the layman – Lupus and teleology – Other Southern writers “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” – In conversation, in the…

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…

The Christian Humanist, Episode #22.1: Science

Our outro music this week comes from Michael Knott’s 1994 record Rocket and a Bomb. The song’s called “Jan the Weatherman.” Hey, “Jan” rhymes with “Dan,” and our special guest this week is tornado chaser Dr. Dan Dawson. He’s kind of a weatherman, anyway. General Introduction – Where’s David Grubbs? – Welcome to our special…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #16.1

Another Gilmour-less episode. It may be until tomorrow before it gets added to iTunes, etc. I’m sure you’ll recognize the theme music. General Introduction – No Nathan – What’s on the blog? Our Emotionally Scarring Experiences – The Shining haunts Michial’s dreams – Slasher movies – Beetlejuice and a man in a yellow wolf suit…