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  1. Human Life, Human Dignity

    Human Life, Human Dignity

    Conversation 18

    Author: Leon R. Kass
    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1 Hr. - Unabridged
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    Modern people tend to ignore questions about the nature and purpose of things while learning to control them more efficiently. But as science and technology offer us the ability to fundamentally transform human nature, we can no longer avoid addressing metaphysical questions. The crisis of our time, many thinkers agree, is one concerning the definition of human nature. In “Human Life, Human Dignity,” Leon R. Kass outlines what is at stake and sets forth a framework for indispensable discussions surrounding biotechnologies. Kass stresses that we must approach the discussion with reverence and awe and that a major component of the discussion should be the notion of human dignity. Kass recommends that we turn first not to the findings of science and technology, but to the canon of “residual wisdom” in the East and West—found in literary, philosophical, and religious traditions—that vividly depicts human nature in its glories and tragedies.
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  2. A Visit to Vanity Fair

    A Visit to Vanity Fair

    Moral Essays on the Present Age

    Author: Alan Jacobs
    Narrator: Alan Jacobs
    Runtime: 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Alan Jacobs, professor of English at Wheaton College, has been a regular guest on the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal since 1993, discussing subjects ranging from the problem of literary sentimentalism (as in The Bridges of Madison County), and the delights of historical fiction (as in seafaring narratives of Patrick O’Brian) to the repulsive attraction of the vampire novels of Anne Rice. In his most recent book, A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age, Jacobs displays a similar range of breadth and depth, as well as significant portions of wit and grace. Included are essays on the mystery of true friendship (Friendship and Its Discontents), the severing of theology and literature (Preachers without Poetry), and the desire to know the future (Dowsing in Scripture).
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  3. I'd Rather Be Reading

    I'd Rather Be Reading

    The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

    Author: Anne Bogel
    Narrator: Anne Bogel
    Runtime: 2.38 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them.I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone's life, I'd Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.
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  4. Not by Accident: The Improbability of Life Itself

    Not by Accident: The Improbability of Life Itself

    Author: Dean Overman
    Runtime: 51 Min. - Unabridged
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    In Not By Accident: The Improbability of Life Itself, Dean Overman discusses the inadequacy of historic and current scientific understandings of the origin of life.
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  5. The Heav’ns and All the Powers Therein: The Medieval Cosmos and the World of Narnia

    The Heav’ns and All the Powers Therein: The Medieval Cosmos and the World of Narnia

    Conversation 25

    Author: Michael Ward
    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.12 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    For decades, readers and scholars have wondered whether there was a Master Plan for the structure of the seven books in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. In his book Planet Narnia, Michael Ward makes a compelling case that the qualities attributed to the seven planets in the cosmology of antiquity and the Middle Ages are embodied in the seven books about Narnia. In this Conversation with Ken Myers, Ward explains why Lewis thought the pre-Copernican view of the cosmos can still be of spiritual benefit; that view may not be true (in the sense of factual), but its beauty reveals deeper truths.
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  6. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 103

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 103

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2.1 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 103: Steven D. Smith, on how the law only makes sense in the context of certain metaphysical beliefs, and on why we aren't allowed to talk about such things in public; David Thomson, on the American Dream, acting, loneliness, the moral complicity of movie audiences, and the genius of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; Adam McHugh, on how American culture distrusts introverts and on why their place in the Church needs to be valued; Glenn C. Arbery, on the Vanderbilt Agrarians, poetry, and the moral imagination and the shaping of virtue; Eric Miller, on Christopher Lasch's intense commitment to understand the logic of American cultural confusion; and Eric Metaxas, on how Dietrich Bonhoeffer's early experiences prepared him for his heroic defiance of the Third Reich.
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  7. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 69

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 69

    Narrator: Ken Myers
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    Guests on Volume 69: John McWhorter, author of Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care, on the death of formal speech; Douglas Koopman, on the mis-steps and misunderstandings that hampered the Bush administration's implementation of Faith-Based Initiatives; Daniel Ritchie, on the survival of "Great Books" programs at religious colleges; Vincent Miller, on how the commodification of everything affects our sense of religious faith and practice (and on how we can resist); and Barrett Fisher, on the sources of humor in the two versions of The Ladykillers, and on the history of very serious thinking about what makes something funny.
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  8. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 89

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 89

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.72 - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 89: Thomas Hibbs, on the theme of the possibility of redemption in film noir and similar film genres; Barrett Fisher, on the films of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman; Fred Turner, on 1960s dreams of countercultural change and the rise of the Whole Earth Catalog; Dan Blazer, on why psychiatric disorders require attention to the story of patients’ lives; Christopher Lane, on the complex characteristics of anxiety and the tendency to treat the absence of ease with drugs; and Jerome C. Wakefield, on how psychiatry began ignoring causes of mental suffering and so defined sadness as a disease.
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  9. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 94

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 94

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.78 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 94: Maggie Jackson, on how multitasking exalts efficiency and promises the overcoming of bodily limitations as time is restructured and on the importance of attentiveness in sustaining personal and social order; Mark Bauerlein, on how technologies have rearranged the social lives of teens (and their expectations of education); Tim Clydesdale, on what the first year in college means for teens; Andy Crouch, on the physical basis of cultural life and how "culture making" is done; and Jeremy Begbie, on how music is a way of engaging with the order in Creation and on how writing and hearing music involves a recognition of likenesses in Creation and the exercise of "hyper-hearing."
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  10. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 127

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 127

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 127: Christopher Shannon on the historian's communal role as story-teller; Kevin Vanhoozer on the dramatic purposes of doctrine; Oliver O'Donovan on negotiating our way in the created realities; Rebecca DeYoung on the forgotten vice of vainglory; Thomas Forrest Kelly, on the invention of Western musical notation; and Calvin Stapert on the life and work of Joseph Haydn.
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  11. Sources of Ancient Wisdom

    Sources of Ancient Wisdom

    Book 4

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Excerpts from two books explain how and why a greater familiarity with the forms of faithfulness of our spiritual predecessors is an important resource for twenty-first century Christians. An excerpt from Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, by Christopher A. Hall, explains how commentaries on biblical texts from the first six centuries of the Church can provide much-needed perspective for contemporary believers. A chapter from Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism: A Primer for Suspicious Protestants, by D. H. Williams, summarizes how it is a misreading of Scripture and of the history of Protestantism to insist that revelation and tradition are antithetical concerns of the Church. 
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  12. Psychiatry & the Spirit of the Age

    Psychiatry & the Spirit of the Age

    Conversation 1

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 0.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Dr. Paul McHugh, who teaches psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, talks about the ways in which therapists allow themselves to be highjacked by trendy ideas, and leave behind the disciplines of their science.
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  13. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 110

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 110

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 110: Kevin Belmonte, on how G. K. Chesterton embraced a "defiant joy" in spite of the cynical pessimism of many of his contemporaries; David Lyle Jeffrey & Gregory Maillet, on why Christians cannot afford to regard literature as a mere entertaining diversion; Mark Noll, on what motivates anti-intellectualism among Christians and why it is a theologically indefensible prejudice; Alan Jacobs, on W. H. Auden's understanding of the vocation of "poet" and on the spiritual and historical background to Auden's 1947 book-length poem, The Age of Anxiety; and Jonathan Chaplin, on the outlines and sources of the social and political thought of Herman Dooyeweerd and on his understanding of the relationship between theology and Christian philosophy.
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  14. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 76

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 76

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.78 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 76: D. H. Williams, on the Church's rootedness in its Tradition, why some Protestants remain suspicious, and on the excluding character of Christian conversion; Catherine Edwards Sanders, on the spiritual hunger behind the rise of modern witchcraft; Ted Prescott, on changing images of beauty and the human figure in 20th century art; Martin X. Moleski, on the life, times, and remarkable insights of Michael Polanyi; Stephen Prickett, on George MacDonald and the tasks of imagination; and Barrett Fisher, on the relative artistic assets of film and literature.
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  15. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 97

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 97

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.72 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 97: Mark Noll, on how Christian higher education is aided by a commitment to something like "Christendom," a commitment to the assumption that the Gospel has consequences for all of life and all of social experience; Stanley Fish, on how university professors should refrain from bringing their own political, philosophical, and religious commitments into the classroom; James Peters, on how Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Pascal, and many others had an understanding of the nature and purpose of reason quite different from the common modern understanding; Scott Moore, on cultivating an understanding of politics that goes beyond mere statecraft, and on the limits of the notion of "rights"; and Makoto Fujimura, on how his work as a painter is enriched by writing, why artists need to cultivate an attentiveness to many things, and how visual language expresses experience.
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