Literature

The City Podcast: The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes

by Timothy Motte on February 9, 2015

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Did you know that even though Sherlock Holmes says he is using deductive reasoning, in actuality he is using abductive reasoning to solve his cases?

In this episode of The City, Cate MacDonald and David Gilbert talk with Dr. Phil Tallon, editor of the book, The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes. They explore why Sherlock Holmes remains so popular, what kind of superhero he is, his hyper-imaginative ability, the ethics of killing off a fictional character, and the nature of friendship and enmity.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, David Gilbert, Dr. Phil Tallon

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The City Podcast: YA Book Reviews and Cultural Apologetics

by Timothy Motte on January 26, 2015

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Continuing our conversation from last week with HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex, we begin with suggestions of some YA literature you should not read and some that you should. Then we move into how book reviews and cultural apologetics go hand in hand.

Dr. Reynolds also shares the one factor he has consistently seen, in all his years of being an educator, that all great students have in common.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex

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While Young Adult Literature is very popular with both adults and children, there are some very strong reactions against it. (See the links below.)

But this is a complex issue and there are so many questions that beg to be answered.

Is YA even a legitimate genre? Is is just a marketing gimmick? Did you know that Harry Potter was released with two different covers–one for children and one for adults? What differentiates children’s literature from adult literature: the age of the protagonists, the themes, the vocabulary? What about the Chronicles of Narnia? Even if YA is a distinct genre, does it actually follow that adults should not read it for themselves?

To help answer these questions, we’ve brought to the podcast HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex. She has reviewed scores, if not hundreds, of YA books and has a lot of insights to bring to the conversation. 

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex

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The City Podcast Special: Back to Barterra

by Timothy Motte on December 17, 2014

Invasion!

The infamous Hunter Baker (ostensibly identified as our only listener, though you are now disproving that) has taken control of this episode.

He is insisting on talking about Dr. Reynolds’ excursion into fiction writing, namely, Chasing Shadows: Back to Barterra.

Since he’s such a loyal listener, I guess we will let him proceed.

So imagine that the universe has to have a place where all our fictions dwell…

Featuring: Dr. Hunter Baker, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

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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

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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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