Tag: Thomas Aquinas

Christian Humanist Profiles 176: Never Doubt Thomas

Download or Stream this Episode In his famous essay “On the Reading of Old Books” C.S. Lewis praises the texts of ages past not because they were so often right–none of us bats a thousand–but that, in being wrong and being right about very different questions, they make apparent to us future-dwellers that we’re not…

Reading Through Principles of Christian Theology part 6: Chapters 8-9

Part One of Principles of Christian Theology dealt with philosophical theology–that is, with talk about theology in general (albeit talk done from within a particular theological tradition). Part Two will deal with the specifically Christian revelation. Instead of philosophical theology, we’re now doing what some theologians call dogmatic theology, though MacQuarrie prefers the term “symbolic…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #146.1: Listener Feedback

David and Nathan answer your listener emails today while Michial assesses outcomes for his college. [04:11] Let your sins be strong? [10:21] Robert Louis Stevenson [13:41] Some episode suggestions from Australia [19:25] Suburban corrections [23:53] Thomas and the Ontological Argument [32:35] Thomas and the Cosmological Argument [38:44] Christian Humanist pilgrimages [44:00] Neil Postman and the…

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 #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 #133: Psychology

General Introduction – Stay tuned ‘til the end for listener feedback Aristotelian Psychology – What does Aristotle mean by soul? – The soul and the body – Dante’s interpolation – Your undecaying mind – The final cause of the body – Types of souls – Thomas’s additions Christology and Psychology – The Nicene Creed –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #132: Physics

General Introduction  – Our special guest – Listener feedback – I dream of The Christian Humanist Podcast – C.S. Lewis and universalism – In which we explain pop culture to David Grubbs – Tolkien and Ransom – Anti-vaccination and the Internet – Bible episodes Aristotelian Physics – Phusis and natura – From dirt to gods…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #5: Honoring the Question

One of the persistent heroes of philosophically minded folks is Socrates, the godfatherof question-askers, the Athenian philosopher, the drinker of hemlock. Although the Platonic dialogues never present him as entirely averse to speech-making, nonetheless, Socrates, in the Apology, famously describes himself as one who doesn’t relay divine wisdom to mortals so much as he asks questions…

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 #113: Tradition

General Introduction – The Christian Feminist Podcast – Christian Humanist Profiles – The once and future host Tradition and Roman Law – Intangible inheritances – Tradition as betrayal – To translate is to betray – The Roman Catholic meaning Tradition vs. Progress – A function of the Enlightenment – An improvement on inheritance – Where…

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 –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #72: Patience

General Introduction – Listener feedback – Who’s listening? – What’s on the blog? – Formatting a dissertation The Patience of Job – The patience of Job? – Gregory the Great (again!) – Shall we blame his friends? – The plurality of wisdom literature – Interrogating James – Humility and patience New Testament Patience – Fruit…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #71: Humility

General Introduction – What’s not on the blog? – Thus begins the triptych of spring 2012 New Testament Humility – The ethics of humility – The Golden Rule, further – Christ’s kenosis and ours – Greatness requires great humility – Gregory the Great Servant Thomist Humility – Aristotelian balance – Seven virtues – The interconnectedness…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #70: Epistemology

General Introduction – Dr. Gilmour!!! – We kid because we envy – Listener feedback – The delay in show notes – What’s on the blog? What Is Epistemology? – It’s all indirectly Greek to me – Mise en abyme – Connection to metaphysics – Epistemology junkies – Invoking epistemology to affirm or deny metaphysics Ancient…