Tag: Soren Kierkegaard

Christian Humanist Profiles 14: Philosophical Aesthetics for the Christian Thinker

The True.  The Good.  The Beautiful.  Such are the calls to arms for the Romantics and the Idealists, the philosophers as well as the poets.  All sorts of people praise the beautiful, but the disciplined philosophical exploration of the beautiful, in the natural world as well as in human works, has always been a battlefield…

Anonymity, Fame, and Alienation

In 1966, Ralph Harper, the Episcopal priest and expositor of existentialism, found himself in the middle of the alienating twentieth century. Spiritual alienation, of course, existed long before 1966, and long before Harper’s “century of homelessness and exile, of nervous disorder and persecution, of actual enslavement and barbaric cruelty.” And yet the alienation of Harper’s…

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…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #141: The Christian Humanist Podcast

David Grubbs leads a discussion with Nathan Gilmour and Michial Farmer about what makes our podcast a particularly Christian endeavor. We also give our personal histories with the faith and with intellectualism and explain a few movements with which we associate–and don’t associate. Our intro music this week is a Vacation Bible School classic.

Christian Humanist Profiles 10: Kierkegaard’s Concept of Faith

Ever since the English-speaking world discovered the work of Søren Kierkegaard in the middle part of the last century, he has been an indispensable part of the Western philosophical and theological traditions. He is seen, variously, as a precursor to movements as diverse as existentialism, poststructuralism, evangelicalism, and neo-orthodoxy. Few people make it through higher…

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 #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…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #4: Job Through the Ages

Perhaps no book in the Hebrew Bible is more disturbing, befuddling, and thought-provoking than The Book of Job. Believers and nonbelievers alike have wrestled like the ideas and emotions put forth in this strange text for millennia now—and unsurprisingly, they’ve come to few shared conclusions about it, other than perhaps about its enduring greatness and…

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…

An Outbreak of Muggings!

At long last, the design phase is complete for five–five–new mugs! Three are occasional, in honor of our special summer episode guests, while the last two have been longstanding requests from my two comrades-in-blog, Nathan and Michial. I) Christopher Marlowe, Elizabethan playwright and poet, spy, and all-around cool guy. Designed for Ryan Gilmour, our guest…