Literature

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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Mentioned in this episode:

  • 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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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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The City Podcast: Doubts for Kids

by Timothy Motte on March 9, 2015

How do you respond when kids ask hard questions about God?

Melissa Cain Travis faced that problem with her own son. Then she found that many others did too. They asked her for book recommendations, for literature they could read with their kids that would help them understand the reasons for their faith. But Melissa had to tell them that there simply were no apologetics books for that age range.

So she wrote some.

This podcast isn’t about the books. It’s about the process of doubt and questioning that children have concerning God. It is a healthy and good thing. The Bible says that Christians are to become like little children to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Do not demonize the concept of doubt. When children ask questions about bulldozers or dinosaurs or clouds, our reaction isn’t one of fear. Questions about God should be no different.

Two particular things to listen for in this conversation are 1)why stories are more effective than propositions and 2)the three different kinds of doubt.

Featuring: Dr. Holly OrdwayCate MacDonaldMelissa Cain Travis

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Mentioned in this podcast:

  • Young Defenders Series
    • How Do We Know God Created Life?
    • How Do We Know God Is Really There?
    • How Do We Know Jesus Is Alive?

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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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