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From the Close Reads Podcast Network, Close Reads is a book-club podcast hosted by David Kern and featuring an array of contributors, including Tim McIntosh, Heidi White, and others. We read Great Books and talk about them. A NOTE ABOUT OLDER EPISODES: Since most podcast apps don't go further back than 100 episodes, you'll need to click here to listen to anything further back than that. And our first 32 episodes can be found here, on the original CiRCE Institute feed. See acast.com/privacy f ...
 
Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe ...
 
Beyond the Book is presented by Literary Affairs a literary lifestyle company that has been promoting great literature and fostering a community of book lovers for two decades. Beyond the Book offers book club style salons with best-selling and literary debut authors, literary talks on classic novels, professionally facilitated book groups, panel discussions and cultural conversations related to current books. Each audio or video episode is curated by Literary Affairs founder and leader Juli ...
 
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We continue our conversation with C.S. Lewis, as he addresses the distinction between dying and living for one's nation, party, and class. How do we distinguish between the demands of Caesar and God? SHOW NOTES: 166: C.S. Lewis - If you don't read good books you will read bad ones https://www.1517.org/podcasts/... C.S. Lewis - “Learning in War-time…
 
Gentlemen, You Can't Fight in Here, This is The War Room. C.S. Lewis addresses the distinction between dying and living for one's nation, party, and class. How do we distinguish between the demands of Caesar and God? SHOW NOTES: C.S. Lewis - “Learning in War-time” https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lyp9GcHj67VLTHpWtZ6aGk6Hpvf8JAIa/view Mad Max: Fury …
 
This week, Scott and Karl discuss Nietzche's On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense. Written in 1873 one year after The Birth of Tragedy, it was published by his sister Elisabeth in 1896 when Nietzsche was already mentally ill. In just 24 pages, the work wrestles with epistemological questions about the nature of truth and language, and how they rel…
 
This week, Scott and Karl read the 1939 novel by Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep. This hardboiled crime novel is the first of seven novels to feature the famed detective Philip Marlowe. As Chandler’s first Marlowe story, there is no introduction to the character; rather, we leap straight into the investigation as it gets underway. Throughout the no…
 
An online Books & Bathrobes conversation with Colum McCann about his New York Times bestselling and Booker Prize shortlisted novel Apeirogon. In this in-depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson, Colum discussed visiting the Middle-East, meeting Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan, and how their shared grief and friendsh…
 
Now You're Playing with Power. In this episode, we discuss what happens when a society subverts the power of dominant groups in favor of the oppressed. SHOW NOTES: A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/a-biblical-critique-of-secular-justice-and-critical-theory/ 160: Timothy Keller - Biblical j…
 
This Hurts You More Than It Hurts Me. Further discussion and analysis of utilitarianism... What happens when we drill down into the harm principle and uncover the truth about human nature? And we jump into post-modernism. SHOW NOTES: A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/a-biblical-critique-of…
 
In the second episode of this two-part series, Scott and Karl finish up their discussion of Benjamin Graham’s 1949 classic The Intelligent Investor. Graham wanted to teach investors the basic principles needed to navigate markets. In doing so, he teaches investors how to manage themselves. Graham's rules for investing are designed to help readers t…
 
You Gotta Pump Those Numbers, Those Are Rookie Numbers. We continue our examination of Tim Keller's Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory. In this episode, can a society maximize the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people by ignoring original sin? SHOW NOTES: A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theor…
 
How does one cultivate creativity and independence of mind? Stephen talks to physicist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram about his precocious and largely self-educated early life and his ascent to become a world-class scientist, an innovator in computational theory, and the founder of a global company. They discuss how to pursue and develop one's gi…
 
You Gotta Serve Somebody, part 3. We continue our reading of Tim Keller’s critique of modern political ideologies and their possible effects on our churches. SHOW NOTES: A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/a-biblical-critique-of-secular-justice-and-critical-theory/ A Secular Age - Charles Ta…
 
An online Books & Bathrobes conversation with Brit Bennett about her New York Times and L.A. Times bestselling novel The Vanishing Half. In this in-depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson, Brit discussed colorism, mother-daughter relationships, the bonds of sisterhood, and the past and contemporary representation of racial constructs…
 
You Gotta Serve Somebody, part 2. We continue to examine Tim Keller’s critique of modern political ideologies, and whether they study up to a biblical and theological critique of their core principles. SHOW NOTES: A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/a-biblical-critique-of-secular-justice-and…
 
You Gotta Serve Somebody. Tim Keller breaks down various political ideologies and asks, “What does God’s Word have to say about this?” SHOW NOTES: A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/a-biblical-critique-of-secular-justice-and-critical-theory/ A Secular Age - Charles Taylor https://amzn.to/3l…
 
In the first episode of this two-part series, Scott and Karl begin discussing Benjamin Graham's 1949 classic The Intelligent Investor. Heralded as the greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Graham's philosophy of “value investing” provides the core tenants of all good portfolio management. Karl says, "It is [about] how to invest. But…
 
This Little Light of Mine... When we allow feelings of fear and insecurity about our health and well-being dominate discussions about churches opening their doors, are we thereby complicit in the spiritual death of our churches? SHOW NOTES: Churches Aren’t Avoiding Death By Keeping Their Doors Closed. They’re Ensuring It https://thefederalist.com/2…
 
In the second half of the conversation, Scott and Karl continue discussing Herbert Marcuse’s 1965 essay “Repressive Tolerance.” In the course of analyzing Marcuse, Karl creates a new word: "justism." As Karl describes, "It's when you take a complex reality and you reduce it to one simple concept. For Marcuse, it looks like the "justism" is towards …
 
In this part two, Pastors Riley and Gillespie continue our reading of this contemporary article on the relationship of the Church and State from John MacArthur. SHOW NOTES: Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church: A Biblical Case for the Church’s Duty to Remain Open https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/1988 Episode 157: Part 1, John MacArthur, …
 
Is tolerance a good thing and who deserves it? In the first episode of this two-part series, Scott and Karl begin discussing Herbert Marcuse's 1965 essay "Repressive Tolerance." Marcuse argues that the whole of society shapes what is politically possible for each of us, so any discussion of politics must attend to society as a whole. Scott says, "F…
 
Do The Doors Stay Open? John MacArthur addresses the biblical rationale for defying state mandates, and whether the state can prohibit, or put restrictions on, worship. SHOW NOTES: Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church: A Biblical Case for the Church’s Duty to Remain Open https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/1988 Episode 158: Part 2, John Mac…
 
What’s So Civil About Disobedience? A pastoral debrief that lays the foundation for a discussion about the theological implications for civil disobedience and rebellion. SHOW NOTES: Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share https://www.cato.org/publications/survey-reports/poll-62-americans-say-they-have-political-…
 
This week, Scott and Karl read Hilaire Belloc's "An Essay on the Restoration of Property." Written in 1936, Belloc attempts to rectify the wrongs in both major economic theories by approaching the problem from an entirely new angle, offering his own program for property distribution. As Scott points out, "The whole idea underlying what he's writing…
 
Stephen talks with Cal Newport, writer and professor of computer science. They begin by reflecting on the historically unparalleled challenges and distractions of the digital age. They then discuss strategies to reclaim our mental autonomy, the generative power of non-instrumental thinking, and the fundamental dynamic of thought and life.…
 
Fire for Effect. In this episode, we wrap up our discussion of Augustine on just war. SHOW NOTES: Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia https://amzn.to/2WDzfFA Episode #64 - John of Damascus - Critique of Islam https://bannedbookspod.com/episodes/64-johnofdamascus Episode #65 - John of Damascus - Critique of Islam, pt. 2 https://www.1517.org/…
 
This week, Scott and Karl discuss A Canticle for Leibowitz, the post-apocalyptic science fiction classic by Walter M. Miller Jr., first published in 1959. Scott says, “It's a story about how fragile civilization is, how fragile knowledge is, and what people’s responsibility to that may or may not be." As the plot goes, the monks of the Albertian Or…
 
North Korean defector and human rights champion Yeonmi Park speaks with Stephen Blackwood about her journey to freedom: first from an oppressive political regime, then from slavery in China, and then from her own inner humiliation and fear. They speak about agency, resilience, and redemption, as well as the life of the mind, our need for others, an…
 
War, What Is It Good For? In this episode, Augustine’s theology of war is introduced. SHOW NOTES: Outlaw God - Steven Paulson https://www.1517.org/podcasts/outlawgod Coronavirus, Conspiracy Theories, and the Ninth Commandment https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/coronavirus-conspiracy-theories-and Sean Parnell - Outlaw Platoon https://amzn.to/3fKo…
 
12 years ago, an anonymous person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto published Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. This week, Scott and Karl discuss this revolutionary concept of how Bitcoin set out to change the way the world views currencies. At just ten pages long, Nakamoto’s original paper is still recommended reading for anyone s…
 
In this episode, David, Heidi, and special guests Karen Swallow Prior and Joshua Gibbs discuss the final pages of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Topics of conversation include whether justice was served in the story, whether the ending is satisfying, the eery similarities between Shelley's life and the book's ending, and much more! Remember to rate a…
 
Is This The Real Life... In this double-length episode, Riley and Gillespie ask what are the consequences for not grounding our preaching, teaching, prayer, and worship in concrete reality as revealed by God’s Word of law and Gospel? SHOW NOTES: Seminex (wiki) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seminex Steven Pressfield https://amzn.to/3eEqj9o Self-Dona…
 
What are fairy-stories? What is their origin? What is the use of them? This week, Scott and Karl read “On Fairy-Stories” and “Leaf by Niggle” by J. R. R. Tolkien. Both works offer answers to these questions while providing the underlying philosophy of Tolkien's own fantastical writing, such as The Lord of the Rings. In his essay “On Fairy-Stories,”…
 
David, Heidi, Karen, and Joshua are back with more discussion of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. In this episode they discuss Frankenstein's relationship with his father, whether the monster had to turn out evil, whether Frankenstein did the noble thing in not creating the "bride," and much, much more. If you like this episode be sure to rate and revi…
 
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