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120 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Creation and Incarnation: Maximus the Confessor with Jordan Daniel Wood
Charles and Marco interview Jordan Daniel Wood about his forthcoming book The Whole Mystery of Christ: Creation as Incarnation in Maximus Confessor (Notre Dame Press 2022). They talk about Maximus' christo-logic and how it works through his understanding of anthropology, deification, christology, particularly the suffering of Christ, and eschatological creation. 1:30 - Who was Maxmius the Confessor? 13:15 — What is Maximus's christo-logic? 29:40 — How can a hypostasis seems to be a synonym of 'individual' and also what makes an individual an individual? 42:45 — How are Maximus' logoi related to the hypostasis of each person? 1:03:40 — How does Maximus' understanding of logos hypostasis in humans affect his understanding of nature? 1:19:09 — How do you think about grace presupposing nature in light of Maximus? 1:26:26 — How do you understand the analogy of being in light of Maximus? 1:39:09 — But wait, isn't this exactly what Balthasar was saying all along? 1:46:00 — How should this book affect our understanding of creation, eschatology, and salvation?
80 minutes | May 27, 2021
A Love Story: Communion and Liberation founder Luigi Giussani with Marco Stango and Apolonio Latar
For Luigi Giussani, Christianity is like being in love. Charles talks with philosopher Marco Stango and theologian Apolonio Latar about Luigi Giussani, Italian priest, theologian, educator, and founder of the Communion and Liberation movement. Marco and Apolonio discuss Giussani's founding of CL, the ways Giussani has formed their own lives, Giussani's trilogy of books on human experience and the encounter of Christ.
75 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Lost in Thought with Zena Hitz
Charles talks with Zena Hitz about her beautiful book Lost in Thought: The Hidden Treasures of an Intellectual Life. They cover why and how she chose her vivid examples of particular goods of the intellectual life, the importance of treating the intellect as an end to itself rather than instrumentalizing it for prestige or politics, the role of withdrawal—forced or free, physical or internal—MC Hammer's love of the philosophy of science and Zena's book, and the integration of intellectual life within Christianity.
68 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Troeltsch's Eschatological Absolute with Evan Kuehn
Charles talks with Evan Kuehn about his book Troeltsch's Eschatological Absolute. Evan covers the importance of eschatology in 19th and 20th century Christianity, Troeltsch's unique approach to both eschatology and Kantian idealism, his critique of monism, and his understanding of the religious a priori in human experience. Evan's work rescues Troeltsch from some early dismissals and shows a path to conversation between Troeltsch and dialectical theology.
59 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Dorothee Sölle with Dr. Nancy Hawkins, IHM
Charles talks with Dr. Nancy Hawkins about 20th-century political theologian Dorothee Sölle and her thoughts on christofascism, theories of divine omnipotence, political theology, community organizing, Meister Eckhart, and the mystical journey. Sölle combines mystical and political theology in a critique of early twentieth-century notions of power.
57 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Literary Geography in the Hebrew Bible with Mahri Leonard-Fleckman
Charles talks with Mahri Leonard-Fleckman about her work on the Hebrew Bible's literary beauty and relationship to material culture and the construction of ancient Israelite identity.
77 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
We Built Reality with Jason Blakely
Charles talks with Jason Blakely, Associate Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University, about his 2020 book We Built Reality: How Social Science Infiltrated Culture, Politics, and Power. Jason covers naturalism in social science, interpretive social science, Freakonomics and rational choice theory, naturalistic roots of racial violence, the problems of Adrian Vermeule's integralism, and more.
57 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Fairy Tales for Adults
Heather and Charles discuss George MacDonald, The West Wing, and Turtle Finds a Home by Timothy Chapman with guests. Featuring Megan Fritts, philosopher at Utah State University, Guy Valponi, Medical Ethicist at Franciscan Alliance, Inc., and Molly, splendid child.
65 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Hans Urs von Balthasar with Matthew Kuhner
Heather and Charles talk with Matthew Kuhner about the life and work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, with a special focus on Matt's research on Balthasar's view of person and mission.
66 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Moral perfectionism, non-causal action theory, and partial evidentialism with Megan Fritts
Megan Fritts is a philosopher at Utah State University. In this episode, Megan talks with Charles about her work on moral perfectionism, non-causal action theory, and partial evidentialism. She addresses why beliefs are tricky, theory of knowledge is boring, and her husband is most likely not a serial killer—and how human lives are like chess pieces but not the ones spontaneously melting.
53 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Graham Greene's The End of the Affair with Heather Hughes Huff
In this episode, we interview Heather Hughes Huff about the Catholic literary imagination in the 20th century, the life and work of Graham Greene, his novel The End of the Affair, and the focus of his work on the loss of self for the love of God.
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