Literature

This podcast was recorded on location at the CiRCE Institute’s 2014 Classical Education Conference.

CiRCE president, Andrew Kern, discusses with Dr. Reynolds and Cate MacDonald what classical education is, the difference between imperial education and classical education, the principle that children are persons, the importance of challenges, the necessity of Christ, and when Socrates would run away from a discussion.

Featuring: Andrew Kern, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald

The City Podcast. Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

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Here are the authors and books in the order they are mentioned on the podcast. Feel free to explore the links as you listen. There’s so much more in the conversation than a mere list can convey.

And a final piece of advice: It’s ok to stop reading a book if you’re not obligated to read it and you’re not enjoying it.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Fr. Micah Snell

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The City Podcast: On CGI

by Timothy Motte on February 3, 2014

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

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

Will we ever be able to be in a movie the way we can be in a story when we read a book?

We love movies. And we love stories. So here we are, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of CGI versus models versus imagination.

Spoiler: Imagination wins.

Recommended in this podcast: On Fairy Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Featuring: Dr. Barbara Elliott, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Many of you may have a hard time caring about politics because it seems unintelligent, uncharitable, and irrelevant to how you live your day to day life.

What if we told you that this was not always the case?

Enter Dr. Barbara Elliott. She is the founder of the Russell Kirk Forum for Cultural Renewal at HBU, and she was able, to the delight and mild surprise of our regular podcasters, to show how the Conservative movement is not a political ideology, but an entire approach to life (including politics). Russell Kirk is the influential author who put all the pieces together in the middle of the 20th century.

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Mentioned in this podcast:
The Imaginative Conservative
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk
The Work-Faith Connection

The City Podcast: That Hideous Strength

by Timothy Motte on October 18, 2013

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

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

C.S. Lewis’ great novel, That Hideous Strength, has had a most profound shaping effect on the life and work of Provost Dr. John Mark Reynolds. Here he and Cate MacDonald discuss some of the insights found in this beloved work, especially the great value placed on living a normal life. Our contemporary culture needs to hear the message that you don’t necessarily need to accomplish anything in your life other than living well and loving well.

We hope this conversation edifies you. You don’t need to have read the book, but after this you might end up making it a priority.

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Featuring: Dr. Robert Stacey, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

A political scientist recently published a book claiming that Jane Austen is an unacknowledged founder and practitioner of the political science of game theory.

But what does it say about a discipline if it only now stumbles upon what English students have been studying for centuries?

Joining our usual literary-minded podcasters is HBU Professor of Government, Dr. Robert Stacey. He too has doubts about what game theory can contribute to  the appreciation of Jane Austen and the true nature of her project.

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