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  1. Manners and the Civil Society

    Manners and the Civil Society

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Essays by Judith Martin ("Miss Manners"), Gertrude Himmelfarb, Deal Hudson, and James Morris discuss the relationship between manners and morals, and address the way in which the survival of a democratic society depends upon its citizens' respect for one another—respect that is manifested in the symbolic language of manners.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Maker of Middle-Earth

    Maker of Middle-Earth

    Conversation 17

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    While it is not a story set in the twentieth century, Tom Shippey (author of J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century) claims that Lord of the Rings is very much a work of the twentieth century; the momentum of evil sweeps characters into action before they understand the events in which they are involved. Joseph Pearce (author of Tolkien: Man and Myth) defends the Lord of the Rings fantasy genre against those who would claim that realistic fiction is a better vessel for truth; because mythology is stripped of the factual, he explains, it can deal with truth unencumbered and therefore convey its moral more directly. Literary critic Ralph Wood explains why he has been drawn to J.R.R. Tolkien's moral Middle-Earth since his first reading of Lord of the Rings in the 1960s. It is a world ordered by heroism, friendship, loyalty, and hope. These ties alone, he states, enable the hobbits to complete their quest and go where no one else can.
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  6. 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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  7. Hillbilly Thomist: Flannery O’Connor & the Truth of Things

    Hillbilly Thomist: Flannery O’Connor & the Truth of Things

    Conversation 22

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1 Hr. - Unabridged
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    In this Conversation, Ken Myers talks with Susan Srigley about how O’Connor’s perception of reality suffuses her fiction in ways that fit the views of how art works developed by Thomas Aquinas, views often summarized as “sacramental” or “incarnational.” And Ralph Wood discusses O’Connor’s acceptance of the limits placed in our lives by Providence, how limits may be a source of wisdom rather than frustration.
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  8. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 101

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 101

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 101: James Davison Hunter, on how the most prominent strategies of Christian cultural engagement are based on a misunderstanding about how cultures work; Paul Spears, on why Christian scholars need to understand their disciplines in ways that depart from conventional understanding; Steven Loomis, on why education needs to attend more carefully to nonquantifiable aspects of human experience; James K. A. Smith, on how education always involves the formation of affections and how the form of Christian education should imitate patterns of formation evident in historic Christian liturgy; Thomas Long, on how funeral practices have the capacity to convey an understanding of the meaning of discipleship and death; and William T. Cavanaugh, on the distinctly modern definition of "religion" and how the conventional account of the "Wars of Religion" misrepresents the facts in the interest of consolidating state power.
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  9. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 67

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 67

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.65 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 67: Eric O. Jacobsen, on urban churches and taking the concrete realities of community seriously; Allan C. Carlson, on the family in American culture and in government policy; Terence L. Nichols, on a sacramental view of Creation as an alternative to naturalism; R. R. Reno, on spiritual lethargy and sloth and the need for a more heroic vision for spiritual possibility; David Bentley Hart, on a Christian understanding of beauty rooted in the reality of the divine gift that is Creation; and J. A. C. Redford & Scott Cairns, on the making of “The Martyrdom of Polycarp.”
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  10. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 87

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 87

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.78 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 87: John Witte, Jr., on law and religion in the Western tradition; Steven Keillor, on God’s judgments and history; Philip Bess, on New Urbanism and natural law; Scott Cairns, on words and poetry’s work; and Anthony Esolen, on literary critics and Christian belief.
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  11. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 81

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 81

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.58 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 81: Nigel Cameron, on the lack of ethical reflection in public policy on technology; Joel James Shuman, on beliefs about God's nature and purposes informing how we think about sickness and medicine; Brian Volck, on embodied life, stories, and how medical practice involves attending to the stories of the bodies of patients; Russell Hittinger, on the modern state giving rise to modern Catholic social thought; Mark Noll, on learning to think about law and politics from earlier Christians who lived in very different political circumstances; and Stephen Miller, on the factors that sustain the art of conversation, and why it's a dying art.
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  12. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 122

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 122

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 122: N. T. Wright, on the significance of narrative awareness as a gesture towards participating in God’s on-going narrative; George Marsden, on American public intellectuals of the 1950s and their anxieties concerning national purpose; Makoto Fujimura, on modernist art, Jacques Maritain, and the Eastern pictorial tradition; David Bentley Hart, on why historic theism (and its metaphysical claims) explains reality better than materialism does; Thomas Lessl, on the institutional “Copernican revolution” of the university and its attending warfare mythology as enduring perpetuators of the war between science and religion
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  13. The Worth of Words

    The Worth of Words

    Preserving and Caring for Language

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.1 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Ken Myers speaks with guests John McWhorter, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, and Craig Gay about our world's linguistic ailments. They recognize the power of language to enrich our relationship with God, with each other, and with all of Creation and suggest habits rooted in recognition of the glorious possibilities of words lovingly and thoughtfully employed.
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  14. The Passionate Intellect

    The Passionate Intellect

    Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 6.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In The Passionate Intellect, Norman Klassen and Jens Zimmermann trace the history of higher education from its medieval roots to the present, focusing on how educational agendas have been assembled in light of shifting understandings of the nature of knowledge and the nature of human well-being. They demonstrate that some form of humanism has always been central to the purposes of higher education, and insist that the recovery of a rich, Christocentric Christian humanism is the only way for the University to recover a coherent purpose.
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  15. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 108

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 108

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 108: Thomas Albert Howard, on why many nineteenth-century Europeans were nervous about the shape of American religious life; Jean Porter, on how natural law provides a rationale for the rule of law and for legislative and judicial authority; Peter Augustine Lawler, on how neither ancient philosophy nor modern science explain human nature (but the Logos does); Hans Boersma, on why Christians should reject the modern separation of Heaven and Earth and recover a "sacramental ontology"; Felicia Wu Song, on how online communication systems shape relationships and community; and Elias Aboujaoude, on how life online makes us think we’re bigger, badder, and smarter than we really are.
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