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  1. 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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  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. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 107

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 107

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 107: Victor Lee Austin, on why authority is not a barrier to true freedom and is necessary for human flourishing (and will be forever); Ellen T. Charry, on why happiness has been underplayed in Christian theology (and why it shouldn't be); Anthony Esolen, on the explicit and implicit teaching that has caused many young people to be cynical and unhappy; Ferdinand Schlingensiepen, on the ambivalence of postwar Germans to the anti-Nazi resistance movement (and to Dietrich Bonhoeffer); Allen Verhey, on why it's dangerous to draw too stark a line between nature and supernature; and Calvin Stapert, on the historical, theological, and musical elements that combined to produce Handel's Messiah.
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  4. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 73

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 73

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 73: Richard John Neuhaus et al., on the meaning and value of human life, the vocation of medicine, the logic of autonomous individualism, and the temptation of suicide and euthanasia; Patrick Carey, on the perceptive (and peregrinating) thought of Orestes Brownson; John W. O'Malley, on the prophetic, academic, humanistic, and artistic vectors of Western culture; Patricia Owen, on what makes good children's books and on how the Newbery Medal winners have changed over time; Susan Srigley, on the sacramental and incarnational fiction of Flannery O'Connor; and Ralph C. Wood, on Flannery O'Connor as "hill-billy Thomist" and sympathizer with backwoods religion.
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  5. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 93

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 93

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.87 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 93: Alan Jacobs, on practical consequences of belief in original sin (and the five distinct components of that belief); James A. Herrick, on redemptive myths advanced by science fiction and speculative science and on evolution as a religion; J. Daryl Charles, on the commitment by the magisterial Reformers to the idea of natural law; Robert C. Roberts, on the role of emotions in ethical and spiritual life; Allan C. Carlson, on how the industrial revolution changed the shape of households (including their floorplans) and the understanding of marriage; and Sheila O'Connor-Ambrose, on the work of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese in defending marriage against the various claims of individualism.
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  6. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 121

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 121

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.93 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 121: Daniel Gabelman, on how George MacDonald’s celebration of the “childlike” promotes levity and a joyful sense of play; Curtis White, on the troubling enthusiasm for accounts of the human person that reduce us to meat and wetware; Michael Hanby, on why there is no “neutral” science; Alan Jacobs, on why the Book of Common Prayer has lived such a long and influential life; James K. A. Smith, on how some movements in modern philosophy provide resources for recovering an appreciation for the role of the body in knowing the world; Bruce Herman and Walter Hansen, on Herman’s paintings and how conversing about works of art enables us to grow in understanding the non-verbal meaning they convey
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  7. The Good City

    The Good City

    Community and Urban Order

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.65 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In this Anthology, Ken Myers talks with architects, historians, activists, and clergy about how loving our neighbors can and must take shape in how we order the material aspects of shared life. The conversations on this Anthology give particular attention to how the New Urbanist movement has challenged the dehumanizing effects of modernism in urban design.
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  8. Decadent Immortals

    Decadent Immortals

    Alan Jacobs on Anne Rice

    Author: Alan Jacobs
    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 0.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Literary critic Alan Jacobs muses on the popularity of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Unlike traditional horror stories that portray vampires as blood-sucking fiends, Rice’s books extol the power and freedom that the immortals enjoy. Jacobs explores the moral and literary consequences of this unabashed celebration of decadence.
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  9. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 114

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 114

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2.05 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 114: Susan Cain, on how the 20th-century displacement of character by "personality" encouraged Americans to sell themselves (and marginalized introverts); Brad S. Gregory, on the danger of assuming that previous epochs of history have no lasting influence, and how unintended consequences of the Reformation shrunk Christian cultural influence; David Sehat, on why the story of religious liberty in America is more complicated than is often acknowledged; Augustine Thompson, O.P., on the myths and realities of St. Francis of Assisi; Gerald R. McDermott, on how love and beauty are more fundamental in the thought of Jonathan Edwards than the image of an angry God; and Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, on lessons inThe Scarlet Letter about wise ways of reading complex texts.
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  10. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 84

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 84

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.73 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 84: Harry R. Lewis, on higher education's amnesia about its purposes, and how that shortchanges students; Nicholas Wolterstorff, on Abraham Kuyper (1837-1927), the French Revolution, worldviews, and "sphere sovereignty"; Brendan Sweetman, on why religious worldviews should not be excluded from political life; James Turner Johnson, on the development of Christian thought about the meaning of marriage; David Martin, on how the 1960s replayed themes of the 1890s and 1930s; and Edward Ericson, Jr., on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's beginnings and legacy.
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  11. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 117

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 117

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.9 HRs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 117: Matthew Dickerson, on the likenesses between Beowulf and three of Tolkien’s heroes, and on how (despite Peter Jackson’s rendition) The Lord of the Rings is more interested in virtue than in military exploits; Jennifer Woodruff Tait, on how assumptions about the nature of moral knowledge—derived from the school of common-sense realism—compelled Victorian Methodists and others to substitute grape juice for wine in celebrating the Lord’s Supper; Jeffry Davis and Philip Ryken, on why the liberal arts ought to be recognized as a calling that enriches Christian living; and Robert George, on the consequences of redefining marriage.
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  12. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 128

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 128

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 128: Matthew Crawford, on how skillful engagement with the material world provides the setting for true individuality; Carlo Lancellotti, on Augusto Del Noce's critique of modernity; James Turner, on the origins of the humanities in the venerable discipline of philology; Rod Dreher, on what he learned from Dante’s Divine Comedy; Mark Evan Bonds, on the idea of "absolute music"; and Jeremy Beer, on the neglected accomplishments of Booth Tarkington.
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  13. 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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  14. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 105

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 105

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.85 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 105: Julian Young, on the historical context of Friedrich Nietzsche's ideas and on why he still believed in the necessity of religion; Perry L. Glanzer, on the failure of American universities to adequately address the challenge of moral formation; Kenda Creasy Dean, on why churches are to blame for the "moralistic therapeutic Deism" so common among teens; Brian Brock, on how the centrality of technology in Western culture encourages us to see the gift of Creation as merely "nature" awaiting our manipulation; Nicholas Carr, on how the distracted character of multi-tasking ruins reading and how social networking systems sustain a "transactional" view of relationships; and Alan Jacobs, on how the literary form of the essay reproduces the unpredictable way that our thoughts develop.
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  15. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 71

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 71

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 71: Peter Augustine Lawler, on Luther, Locke, liberty, and the American Founding Fathers; David Koyzis, on the modern denial of objective meaning and the exaltation of individual will; Roger Lundin, on the incarnational vision of Czeslaw Milosz, and on his poetry of exile and modern boundlessness; Craig Gay, on how the nature of money affects our sense of attributing value to things; Steven Rhoads, on Taking Sex Differences Seriously(and why it's hard to do so); and R. Larry Todd, on the life and music of Felix Mendelssohn.
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