Tag: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 #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…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #7: Our Posthuman Brave New World

A few months ago, I got into an argument with a friend of mine about Google’s new driverless car. I’m much less optimistic about technology than he is, and I couldn’t share his enthusiasm about this new technological marvel. All I could think of was the tens of thousands of professional drivers—taxis and buses and…

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 #68: Romanticism

General Introduction – Welcome back, Professor Grubbs! – Welcome back, respectability! – How did Nathan blog so much? What Is Romanticism? – Not the sentimental relationship – Not the genre – Not the global mindset – The Romantic movement and the Enlightenment – Searching for a starting date – The problem with Romantic innovation –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #40: The King James Version

General Introduction – Do suits make you smarter? – Pardon Michial’s head cold – A plug for the CWC The History of the King James Version – And the Bibles that preceded it – The battle over footnotes – The Geneva Bible – A unity text The KJV’s Influence on English-Language Literature – Emerson and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #28: Kings

General Introduction – Listener feedback: In which Michial takes offense at compliments – What’s on the blog? – A notice about next week King David – What picture does the Hebrew Bible give us of monarchy? – The transition from judges to kings – God’s rejection of Saul – Heightism in ancient Israel – A…

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 14: Origin Stories

The music this week is Bruce Cockburn’s “Creation Dream,” from Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws (1979). General Introduction – Reader feedback – What’s on the blog this week? The Genesis Account of Creation – When did we first encounter it? – Oh, those strategic bushes! – We take another shot at Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf –…

Emerson, Poe, and the War on Science

I’ve been accused of being “anti-science” on the podcast, a charge against which I’ve done my best to defend myself. My suspicion, as I say in that second post, is not of science qua science but of science’s attempt to either (a) discover metaphysical truth; or, more often these days, (b) discount metaphysical truth as…