Wilderness Spirituality, with guest Belden Lane, Saint Louis University

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Wilderness Spirituality, with guest Belden Lane, Saint Louis University
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Belden Lane is Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies, American Religion, and History of Spirituality at Saint Louis University. He is the author of several books, most recently two we discuss today that beautifully combine attention to nature, the long tradition of Christian mystical writing, and the rhythms of Lane’s own spiritual life – and ours …

On Refugia, or Places of Refuge amid Disturbance, with guest Debra Rienstra, Calvin University

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
On Refugia, or Places of Refuge amid Disturbance, with guest Debra Rienstra, Calvin University
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Debra Rienstra is Professor of English at Calvin University, where she teaches early modern British Literature and creative writing. She is the author of several books and is a respected voice on various aspects of Christian life. Presently she is developing a project, and hosts a podcast, associated with refugia, which are places of environmental, …

Shusaku Endo’s Christ of Silence and Suffering, with guest Van Gessel, Brigham Young University

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Faith and Imagination
Shusaku Endo’s Christ of Silence and Suffering, with guest Van Gessel, Brigham Young University
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Van Gessel is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature at Brigham Young University, where he also served as dean of the College of Humanities. He is a distinguished scholar of Japanese literature, including of the Japanese Catholic writer Shusaku Endo, six of whose novels (and two short story collections) Van has also translated. Endo writes hauntingly …

Faith, Serious Illness, and the Virtual Body of Christ, with guest Deanna Thompson, St. Olaf College

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Faith, Serious Illness, and the Virtual Body of Christ, with guest Deanna Thompson, St. Olaf College
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Deanna Thompson is Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she also serves as Inaugural Director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community. A distinguished Christian theologian, she has written powerfully in recent years about her experience of living with cancer – the …

A Conversation about Literature and Religion, with guest Romana Huk, Notre Dame University

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Faith and Imagination
A Conversation about Literature and Religion, with guest Romana Huk, Notre Dame University
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Romana Huk teaches in the English Department at the University of Notre Dame, where she also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Religion and Literature, a prominent journal in literary studies. A former guest of the BYU Humanities Center, she spoke on this episode of the Faith and Imagination podcast about her experience teaching at …

On Seeing and Becoming Like God — the Long Christian History, with guest Arthur Holder

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
On Seeing and Becoming Like God — the Long Christian History, with guest Arthur Holder
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Arthur Holder is a priest of the Episcopal Church and also a historian and professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where for many years he served as dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs. His current research explores how medieval Christians imagined what it means to see God and become …

Holy Saturday, Faith Crisis, and the Poetry of R.S. Thomas, with guest Richard McLauchlan

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
Holy Saturday, Faith Crisis, and the Poetry of R.S. Thomas, with guest Richard McLauchlan
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The twentieth-century Welsh poet R.S. Thomas has been called a poet of Holy Saturday. Holy Saturday falls between the day of Christ’s crucifixion and the morning of His resurrection. Commemorative of Christ’s descent to the realm of the dead, Holy Saturday, and the poetry of R.S. Thomas, also speak evocatively to times when we feel …

Art + Faith, with guest Makoto Fujimura

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Faith and Imagination
Art + Faith, with guest Makoto Fujimura
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Makoto Fujimura is an acclaimed contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited across the world. He is founder of the International Arts Movement and a former presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts. Most recently, he is the author of Art + Faith, published in January of this year by Yale University Press. On …

Public Theology and the Common Good, with guest Anne Snyder, Comment Magazine

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Faith and Imagination
Public Theology and the Common Good, with guest Anne Snyder, Comment Magazine
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On this episode of the Faith and Imagination podcast, we spoke with Anne Snyder. Anne is editor-in-chief of Comment Magazine, a national venue for public theology, and she founded their partner project Breaking Ground, a collaborative web commons created to address the crises of the past year with wisdom, imagination, and hope. She is also the author of the book The Fabric of Character: A …

Faith in Poetry, with guest Michael D. Hurley, Cambridge University

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Faith and Imagination
Faith in Poetry, with guest Michael D. Hurley, Cambridge University
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We sometimes playfully label things we love – a great movie, a sporting event, a delectable meal – “religious experiences.” But today’s guest, Professor Michael D. Hurley of Cambridge University, says that some well-known English authors sought earnestly to create precisely that kind of experience, a religious experience, through their poetry. Professor Hurley teaches at …