Tag: William Barrett

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #94: The Forest

General Introduction – Grubbs is back! – Old English – Snow – Listener feedback Etymology – Not promising – Madness and wood Biblical Forests – The Epic of Gilgamesh – Wildernesses and deserts – Man-eating forests – Trees clapping their hands – Joseph the stonemason Classical Forests – Forests and mountains – Centaurs – Categories…

A Primer on Religious Existentialism, Pt. 3: Hellenism and Hebraism

There’s a degree to which it’s legitimate to claim Judeo-Christian roots for almost all Western philosophies (including the scientism that seeks, in its more recent and ugly manifestations, to destroy religious faith altogether), but Existentialism has a special claim, I think. Most wide-scale histories of the movement include an early space for religious belief. Walter…

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 –…

On Specialization

I talked briefly in my last post about William Barrett’s 1958 book Irrational Man. I can’t recommend this book highly enough; if you’re interested in Existentialism as a movement or as a philosophy, you must pick it up. It’s the best introduction I’ve read, particularly the section that explains Martin Heidegger’s difficult, obfuscated work. If…

More on Marriage

I keep thinking about marriage lately, especially as I’ve been reading about Søren Kierkegaard, who, depending on how you spin it, is either the institution’s greatest advocate or its greatest enemy. Some biographical information may be necessary here. In September 1840, Kierkegaard became engaged to one Regine Olsen. There is no doubt he was deeply…