General Introduction
– Cold opening and warning
– What’s on the blog?
– (The book review is coming tomorrow)
– Thanks to Cap’n Thin!
– More on the in-car DVD player

On to Herbert, Shall We?
– Why we like him
– Biographical context
– Herbert plays Final Fantasy
– His true calling

“The Pulley”
– Humanity’s eternal restlessness
– Does God have a lack of self-confidence?
– What can Herbert add to our devotional lives?
– Herbert’s borderline impiety
– Where’s the Fall?

“The Collar”
– Herbert’s midlife crisis?
– Another lack
– The poem’s persona
– The advantages of time
– Connection to Psalm 73
– God’s response and Herbert’s response

Preachers and Poets
– Preachers infiltrate the academy
– Undoing what the romantics did
– Oracular verse for the god of self
– Poets infiltrate the church
– Are ministry majors hostile to the arts?

The H. Scriptures II
– The Bible’s interior echoes
– Constellations
– Why Herbert’s not proof-texting

Lightning Round
– Further Herbert recommendations

Augustine. Confessions. Trans. Henry Chadwick. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.

Herbert, George. The Temple and a Priest to the Temple. Charleston: BiblioBazaar, 2009.

Ovid. Metamorphoses. Trans. A.D. Melville. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.


5 thoughts on “The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #49: George Herbert”
  1. Enjoyed the show as usual. Now I hate giving criticism of any kind, but this is totally constructive for the next show you guys may do on a poet. But I did feel like you guys lost Herbert for a while there in the middle for a significant amount of time. Now I totally know your podcast (and the humanities in general) is best when it explores related areas to the main subject, I just felt that the related topics took too much attention away from Herbert:) But that may have been the exact balance you were going for, so ignore my comments at your leisure:) Thanks for putting the work in guys,


  2. P.S. Keep the dvd players out of the car. Remember Heidegger — technicity…:)

  3. I’ll take the blame for the overall lack of focus this week, Chris. When the Internet gremlins derailed us and split the recording session up between Thursday and Monday, I lost all sense of how long we’d spent on what, and I shorted the discussions of the poetry. Hopefully future poetry discussions will run more smoothly on the digital end and feature better moderation on the human end. 🙂

  4. LIke I said, purely constructive. I still enjoyed and was edified by the show, as usual. God bless

  5. Liked the Herbert post (I’ve been slowly re-reading my way through The Temple since Holy Week, so the timing was nice). I enjoyed the more devotional/appreciative discussion of Herbert’s work (complete with readings) as opposed to the more usual philosophical/historical discussion. A nice break from the heavier content of other episodes.

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