Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Christian Humanist Episode #1: What Is Christian Humanism

After a few misfires and foul-ups, I'm proud to announce that the first episode of my podcast with Nathan Gilmour and David Grubbs, "The Christian Humanist." We'll be recording these every Tuesday (at least this semester...things can always change) on a variety of topics. (We've got the first six or seven lined up, and they look like winners to me.) We've submitted the episode to iTunes, so it'll be up there before too long, and you can subscribe to it there if you are so inclined. I'll also post a link to the MP3 and the show notes here each week. Happy listening, and let us know what you think!

Episode #1: What Is Christian Humanism?

General Introduction

Definitions of Humanism

- “Secular humanism”

- Study of the humanities—discipline and education

- “Philosophy is the handmaiden of theology”

Humanism in the Early Church and the Medieval Era

- Justin Martyr’s adaptation of the Logos

- Tertullian’s rejection of Athens

- Alfred the Great as humanist

Humanism in the Renaissance

- Desiderius Erasmus vs. Martin Luther

- Francisco Suarez as heir of Aquinas

- John Milton’s classicism

- Francis Bacon’s New Science

General and Special Revelation

- John Calvin, the Seneca scholar

- Is Christian humanism intellectual arrogance?

20th- and 21st-century Humanism

- New Critics

- “Heroic Critics”

- The dismantling of the Canon

- Christian colleges and humanism

Theological Objections to Christian Humanism

- Pauline objection

- Augustinian objection

- Barthian objection


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