The City Podcast: Where Does Beauty in Literature Come From? — The City Online

The City Podcast: Where Does Beauty in Literature Come From?

by Timothy Motte on April 16, 2013

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Dr. Micah Mattix, Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald, and Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Our discussion with Dr. Micah Mattix last week did not feel complete. So we had him back for a second round of looking at beauty in literature.

Many evolutionists try to argue that poetry, love, and our sense of beauty are the remnants of something that once had survival value.

Dr. Mattix strongly disagrees, for if you explain love, haven’t you explained away the very phenomenon of love?

Are we the first generation in the history of humanity that does not do poetry for enjoyment?

Also in this podcast we attempt a reading and instant critical analysis of a contemporary poem. If you enjoy this kind of poetic project, let us know by emailing podcast@hbu.edu.

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Look for Dr. Mattix’s article “Portrait of the Artist as a Caveman” in The New Atlantis.

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