The City Podcast: How Dante Saved Rod Dreher’s Life

by Timothy Motte on April 27, 2015

in the dark wood

Rod Dreher did not read fiction.

Yet when he found himself in the midst of a deep, dark depression, God overwhelmed him with beauty in the form of a long medieval poem called The Divine Comedy by a man named Dante.

The beauty that he found in that book bypassed his defenses and allowed him to really experience truths that he had known for years but which had never penetrated into his heart. And his depression lifted.

This is his story. May you find beauty in it.

Featuring: Rod Dreher, Gary Hartenburg, Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald

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The City Podcast: How Dante Can Change Your Life

by Timothy Motte on April 20, 2015

Life Lessons from Dante's Divine Comedy

Dante’s Divine Comedy is a perfect example of a book that many people mistakenly think is too hard, or that it’s not for them.

And yet, it is a work of literature that has changed, is changing, and will continue to change innumerable lives.

Featuring: Dr. Louis Markos, Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald

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The City Podcast: Why Cat Videos Are Funny

by Timothy Motte on April 13, 2015

What makes something funny?

That question has occupied the minds of philosophers and stand-ups for literally ages. On this episode we have two philosophers, an actor, and a spiritual director tackling this very issue. They’re not trying to be funny, but maybe you’ll laugh along the way anyway.

Some of the questions they address: What is the difference between cheap comedy and deep comedy? How is improv like ethics? Why is the same thing funny or not in different contexts? Why are cat videos so popular? And do you actually need a punchline in order to be funny? They also give you their recommendations for good comedies you can learn from.

Featuring: Phil Tallon, Jesse GrothOlson, David Gilbert, Cate MacDonald

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  • Comedy recommendations (with appropriate caveats)
    • That Mitchell and Webb Look
    • The Princess Bride
    • G.K. Chesterton wrote the Encyclopedia Britannica (14th Edition, 1929) entry for “Humour”
    • Jack Handey
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Parks & Recreation
    • The films of Preston Sturges
    • The films of Buster Keaton
    • Jimmy Fallon
    • The Egg and I, by Betty MacDonald

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I considered calling this episode “Women Finding Truth and Freeloading Atheists in Cultural Apologetics” because that covers pretty much all the topics we talked about. But as you can see, it’s not really a great title.

The guest is worldview expert Nancy Pearcey. If her book, Total Truth, made the case for a Christian worldview, then her latest book, Finding Truth, tells you how to do it.

There are 5 principles that she discerns in Romans chapter 1 that apply to any worldview. Any philosophy or school of thought that does not recognize God as the foundation of reality inevitably places some part of the creation in the place of God. And the worldview they end up with is never big enough to hold their experience. There’s always some part that sticks out.

Featuring: Prof. Nancy PearceyDr. Holly Ordway, Tim Motte

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The City Podcast: No Mere Christians

by Timothy Motte on March 23, 2015

How are Christians from different denominations supposed to relate to one another? How can we recognize other Christians when we disagree on doctrines? Which beliefs are important enough to divide us? Listen today as we discuss these questions.

Featuring: Dr. Holly OrdwayCate MacDonaldDr. Michael Ward

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The City Podcast: Non-Christian Books

by Timothy Motte on March 16, 2015

How can Christians be edified by reading non-Christian books?

This may seem like a pretty straightforward topic, but every time we get to a nice resting point in this conversation, Cate asks a penetrating question that punches it up to the next level. She asks good questions. That probably has something to do with the fact that she asks questions for a living.

Featuring: Dr. Holly OrdwayCate MacDonaldDr. Michael Ward

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