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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. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 88

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 88

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.83 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 88: Michael J. Lewis, on Body Worlds, human nature and Western Art; Diana Pavlac Glyer, on the influence of the Inklings on each others’ writings; Steve Talbott, on how the aims of education are distracted by technology; Darryl Tippens, on why we sing; Everett Ferguson, on the place of music in the Early Church; Alexander Lingas, on the tradition of music in the Eastern churches; and Calvin Stapert, on the nature of meaning in music.
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  4. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 79

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 79

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.77 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 79: Carson Holloway, on why sociobiology and evolutionary psychology are inadequate bases for sustaining political ideals; Peter Augustine Lawler, on why we are more than "individuals" narrowly defined; Hadley Arkes, on the difference, in law, between evidence from social scientific data and moral truths; Ben Witherington, III, on why The Da Vinci Code's implausible account of history seems credible to many people; Christopher Shannon, on Ivan Illich (Medical Nemesis) and the loss of belief in the possibility that suffering can be meaningful; Roger Lundin, on how nature and experience replaced revelation as a source of authority (and why they fail to serve as such), and on the necessity of humility in writing biographies.
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  5. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 126

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 126

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2.08 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 126: James W. Skillen, on how all human cultural activity, including politics, should be understood in the context of God’s good purposes for Creation; Christian Smith, on how American sociology is not (as is claimed) a disinterested scientific endeavor but the pursuit of a sacred project driven by sacred commitments; B. W. Powe, on the unique “apocalyptic” insights of Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye; David Downing, on C. S. Lewis’s The Pilgrim’s Regress; Roger Scruton, on the inability for materialism to give a satisfactory account of our experience of the material world; and Jonathan Arnold, on the curious place of sacred music in a secular society.
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  6. Engaging with Muslims

    Engaging with Muslims

    Runtime: 3.00 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Many Christians in the west are fearful of engaging in conversation with Muslims - believing that they will be hostile to Christian beliefs and conversations about the Bible.This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Muslims there are living in the West, and to reach out to them with the good news of the Gospel.
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  7. 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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  8. Dancing Lessons: Eugene Peterson on Theology and the Rhythms of Life

    Dancing Lessons: Eugene Peterson on Theology and the Rhythms of Life

    Conversation 26

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.21 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In his 2005 book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, pastor/theologian Eugene Peterson argued that believers should attend to the way God works in creation, history, and community. Such attention prevents theology from being mere abstraction and spirituality from becoming vague and gnostic. In this Conversation, Peterson discusses the necessity of taking time in worship; the benefits and liabilities of small groups; the delightful gifts of language; and the centrality of "fear of the Lord" in describing our response to God's initiative in salvation.
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  9. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 102

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 102

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 102: Daniel M. Bell, Jr., on recovering the view that the just war tradition is more about the shaping of character and virtue than a checklist for political leaders; Lew Daly, on how the discussion concerning faith-based initiatives raised larger issues about the identity of social groups in American society; Adam K. Webb, on whether the traditional personal and communal virtues in premodern village life must be abandoned for poverty to be alleviated; Stratford Caldecott, on how denying the reality of beauty is linked to a denial of the coherent meaning of Creation; James Matthew Wilson, on Jacques Maritain's pilgrimage to faith and his subsequent development of a rich philosophy of beauty; and Thomas Hibbs, on the similar projects of painters Georges Rouault (1871-1958) and Makoto Fujimura (b. 1960), and how they each resisted various confusions in modern art.
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  10. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 68

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 68

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 68: Murray Milner, Jr., on American teenagers, schools, and the culture of consumption, and on how the choices of parents create the institutional framework for the lives of adolescents; Steven C. Vryhof, on faith-based schools and the maintaining of community; Douglas J. Schuurman, on recovering the Reformation's vision of vocation as neighbor-love and instrument of providence; Robert Gagnon, on Biblical teaching about homosexuality and how it is being ignored; Richard Stivers, on the role of technologies and "technique" in creating a sense of loneliness; and Quentin Schultze, on the role of religious paradigms in the American understanding of mass media.
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  11. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 96

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 96

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.72 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 96: David A. Smith, on the beginnings of the National Endowment for the Arts and the capacity of the arts in a democracy for combatting atomistic individualism; Kiku Adatto, on how images, words, and ideas interact in a visually saturated culture and on how the image of a person's face in a photograph has the capacity for intimate representation of inner personhood; Elvin T. Lim, on how presidential speeches have been dumbed down for decades and why presidents like it; David Naugle, on the deeper meaning of happiness, the disordering effects of sin, and the reordering of love made possible in our redemption; Richard Stivers, on the technologizing of all of life; and John Betz, on the critique of the Enlightenment offered by Johann Georg Hamann (1730-1788), and why it still matters to us.
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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 Gospel & Abortion (The Gospel for Life Series)

    The Gospel & Abortion (The Gospel for Life Series)

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 2.72 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The pro-life moment didn’t begin in the 1960s, but in the Garden.  Abortion has been a divisive issue in American culture since the sexual revolution. Yet the Bible is an unapologetic defender of human dignity. Moreover, Christians have always cared for the unborn, the orphan, and the least among us. The time is now for this generation to reaffirm what believers have always believed: everybody is created in the image of God.   So, what now? Editors Russell Moore and Andrew T. Walker of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) assemble leading voices to frame the issues with a gospel-centered perspective. The Gospel for Life series gives every believer a biblically-saturated understanding of the most urgent issues facing our culture today, because the gospel is for all of life.
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  14. 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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  15. The Word Made Scarce

    The Word Made Scarce

    Conversation 10

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 0.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Dr. Barry Sanders (A Is for Ox) chronicles the development of literacy as a cultural force in human history, and explains how it is that, through literacy, we learn to experience regret, guilt, and self-consciousness. He is concerned that television and computer-assisted communication will redefine human experience in dramatic ways.
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