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Universalism Booth, Pt. 2 / David W. Congdon / Existential Universalism
Apr 2 2024
Universalism Booth, Pt. 2 / David W. Congdon / Existential Universalism
The Universalism Booth is a series of interviews on Christian universalism, exploring several different angles from which the theological position is taken up. The interviewees range widely in their approaches to universalism, represented roughly as evangelical, existential, and patristic. David W. Congdon is Senior Editor at the University Press of Kansas, where he acquires in the fields of politics, law, religion, US history, and Indigenous studies. He is also an instructor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including most recently Varieties of Christian Universalism: Exploring Four Views (Baker, 2023) and Who Is a True Christian? Contesting Religious Identity in American Culture (Cambridge, 2024). * For more universalism content, see also our two-part series on the topic with David Artman: - Part 1: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2023/07/11/david-artman-christian-universalism-pt-1/ - Part 2: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2023/07/25/david-artman-christian-universalism-pt-2/ PODCAST LINKS: - Varieties of Christian Universalism: https://bakeracademic.com/p/Varieties-of-Christian-Universalism-David-W-Congdon/516433 - The God Who Saves: https://wipfandstock.com/9781608998272/the-god-who-saves/ - Who Is a True Christian?: https://www.amazon.com/Who-True-Christian-Contesting-Religious/dp/1009428993/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3EA3L6K4NC2S0&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.Ur5fEENDr-Fff4CiIOUxOyH7hQ6i95-uA_lS2qE8OvA.vnwQqu15XEFFvvWxgYt3VgqGI_R04mF3mbSOwodZK5A&dib_tag=se&keywords=david+congdon+who+is+a+true+christian&qid=1711485912&sprefix=who+is+a+true+christian%2Caps%2C167&sr=8-1 - Rudolf Bultmann: A Companion to His Theology: https://wipfandstock.com/9781625647481/rudolf-bultmann/ - Dr. Congdon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwcongdon - Dr. Congdon’s website: https://www.dwcongdon.com/   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ *The Theology Mill and Wipf and Stock Publishers would like to thank Luca Di Alessandro for making their song “A Celestial Keyboard” available for use as the podcast’s transition music. Link to license: https://pixabay.com/service/license-summary/.
Universalism Booth, Pt. 1 / Robin A. Parry / Evangelical Universalism
Mar 19 2024
Universalism Booth, Pt. 1 / Robin A. Parry / Evangelical Universalism
The Universalism Booth is a series of interviews on Christian universalism, exploring several different angles from which the theological position is taken up. The interviewees range widely in their approaches to universalism, represented roughly as evangelical, existential, and Catholic.   Robin A. Parry is an Anglican priest in the diocese of Worcester, UK, and an editor for Wipf and Stock Publishers. He is the author of The Evangelical Universalist (Cascade, 2006, 2012), under the pseudonym Gregory MacDonald, and various other works on Christian universalism. PODCAST LINKS: The Christian Universalism Booth: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2024/03/19/the-christian-universalism-booth/ The Evangelical Universalist: https://wipfandstock.com/9781620322390/the-evangelical-universalist/ A Larger Hope, Vol. 2: https://wipfandstock.com/9781498200400/a-larger-hope-volume-2/ Varieties of Christian Universalism: https://bakeracademic.com/p/Varieties-of-Christian-Universalism-David-W-Congdon/516433 Four Views on Hell: https://zondervanacademic.com/products/four-views-on-hell1 T&T Clark Handbook of Election: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/tt-clark-handbook-of-election-9780567683380/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ *The Theology Mill and Wipf and Stock Publishers would like to thank Luca Di Alessandro for making their song “A Celestial Keyboard” available for use as the podcast’s transition music. Link to license: https://pixabay.com/service/license-summary/.
Steven E. Knepper and Ryan G. Duns, SJ / William Desmond and the Bible
Feb 6 2024
Steven E. Knepper and Ryan G. Duns, SJ / William Desmond and the Bible
Steven E. Knepper is Associate Professor of English and the Bruce C. Gottwald, Jr. ’81 Chair for Academic Excellence at the Virginia Military Institute. He is the author of Wonder Strikes: Approaching Aesthetics and Literature with William Desmond (SUNY, 2022), the editor of A Heart of Flesh: William Desmond and the Bible (Cascade, 2023), and the co-author, with Robert Wyllie and Ethan Stoneman, of Byung-Chul Han: A Critical Introduction (Polity, forthcoming 2024). Ryan G. Duns, SJ, is Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University. He is the author of Spiritual Exercises for a Secular Age: Desmond’s Quest for God (Notre Dame, 2020) and the forthcoming Theology of Horror: The Hidden Depths of Popular Films (Notre Dame, 2024). PODCAST LINKS: A Heart of Flesh: https://wipfandstock.com/9781666738452/a-heart-of-flesh/ Fr. Ryan’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RyanDunsSJ Steve’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevenEKnepper Fr. Ryan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/DunsSj CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Bespaloff, Rachel. “On the Iliad.” Desmond, William. Desire, Dialectic, and Otherness: An Essay on Origins. ———. Godsends: From Default Atheism to the Surprise of Revelation. ———. The William Desmond Reader. Duns, Ryan G., SJ. Spiritual Exercises for a Secular Age: Desmond and the Quest for God. Knepper, Steven E. Byung-Chul Han: A Critical Introduction. ———. Wonder Strikes: Approaching Aesthetics and Literature with William Desmond. ———, ed. A Heart of Flesh: William Desmond and the Bible. Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. ———. Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity. Weil, Simone. “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force.” OUTLINE: (01:53) – Discovering William Desmond (05:12) – Fr. Ryan’s roundtable: Desmond, Levertov, Murdoch, Rahner (07:27) – Steve’s roundtable: Desmond, Marcel, Bespaloff, Chrétien (11:31) – Describing William Desmond (19:40) – Between metaphysics and phenomenology (28:17) – The four senses of being (35:47) – “A heart of flesh” (39:30) – Reading Scripture metaxologically (45:41) – Reading 1 and 2 Samuel with Desmond (50:47) – Reading Jesus’ parables with Desmond (55:43) – What’s next for Fr. Ryan (57:51) – What’s next for Steve (59:52) – Where to find Fr. Ryan and Steve
JD Lyonhart / Henry More on Space and the Divine
Jan 23 2024
JD Lyonhart / Henry More on Space and the Divine
JD Lyonhart is an assistant professor of theology and philosophy at LCU, a fellow at the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism at Cambridge University, and a co-host of the Spiritually Incorrect Podcast (spirituallyincorrectpodcast.com). He is the author of Space God: Rejudging a Debate between More, Newton, and Einstein (Cascade, 2023). PODCAST LINKS: Space God: https://wipfandstock.com/9781666757040/space-god/ MonoThreeism: https://wipfandstock.com/9781725262683/monothreeism/ Jonathan’s website: https://www.jdlyonhart.com/ Spiritually Incorrect Podcast: https://www.spirituallyincorrectpodcast.com/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Craig, William Lane. Time and Eternity: Exploring God's Relationship to Time. Lyonhart, JD. Space God: Rejudging a Debate between More, Newton, and Einstein. Newton, Isaac. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. OUTLINE: (01:28) – Interdisciplinary philosopher and theologian (03:10) – Roundtable: Henry More, Plato, C. S. Lewis, Nietzsche (04:58) – Who was Henry More? (09:42) – Why are the Cambridge Platonists not better known? (10:36) – More’s theories on space (19:46) – Divine space’s mediation of immanence and transcendence (25:03) – More, Isaac Newton, and modern science (30:19) – The contemporary relevance of More’s theory of divine space (47:45) – Einstein’s theory of relativity (51:18) – Metaphysical space (and time) after Einstein (01:02:34) – Divine space and the problem of pantheism (01:06:51) – What’s next for Jonathan (01:08:20) – Where to find Jonathan
Aimee Patterson / Severe Suffering and the Call to Compassion
Jan 11 2024
Aimee Patterson / Severe Suffering and the Call to Compassion
Dr. Aimee Patterson is a Christian ethicist at The Salvation Army Ethics Centre and adjunct faculty at Booth University College. She is the author of the new Cascade book, Suffering Well and Suffering With: Reclaiming Marks of Christian Identity, published within the New Studies in Theology and Trauma series.   PODCAST LINKS: Aimee’s website: https://www.aimeepatterson.com/ Aimee’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/AimeeEPatterson Suffering Well and Suffering With: https://wipfandstock.com/9781666765458/suffering-well-and-suffering-with/ The Word Bookstore (Montreal): https://www.thewordbookstore.ca/ Powell’s Books (Portland): https://www.powells.com/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/   SOURCES MENTIONED: Cassell, Eric J. The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine. Koyama, Kosuke. Three Mile an Hour God. Patterson, Aimee. Suffering Well and Suffering With. Schweitzer, Albert. On the Edge of the Primeval Forest. OUTLINE: (01:27) – Studying suffering and experiencing suffering (05:27) – Bookstores in Montreal and Portland (06:57) – Roundtable: Jesus, Job, and family (10:11) – Suffering and the body (17:20) – Severe suffering and social stigma (22:38) – Social responses to severe suffering (36:13) – Suffering and evil (47:14) – The church’s role in suffering well and suffering with (55:11) – The solidarity of suffering (01:02:02) – The role of the emotions in compassion (01:11:06) – How to listen well and show compassion (01:16:46) – What’s next for Aimee & where to find her
Leonard Grob and John K. Roth / The Holocaust and Endangered Democracy Today
Dec 28 2023
Leonard Grob and John K. Roth / The Holocaust and Endangered Democracy Today
Leonard Grob is professor emeritus of philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson University. John K. Roth is Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. Together they have published a number of books, including Encountering the Stranger (2012), which focuses on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations; Losing Trust in the World (2017), a protest against torture; and most recently, Warnings: The Holocaust, Ukraine, and Endangered American Democracy (Cascade, 2023). PODCAST LINKS: Warnings: https://wipfandstock.com/9781666743968/warnings/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/   SOURCES MENTIONED: Applebaum, Anne. Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism. Buber, Martin. I and Thou. Delbo, Charlotte. Auschwitz and After. 3 vols. Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Grob, Leonard, and John K. Roth. Warnings: The Holocaust, Ukraine, and Endangered American Democracy. ———, eds. Anguished Hope: Holocaust Scholars Confront the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Hallie, Philip. In the Eye of the Hurricane: Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm. Levinas, Emmanuel. Otherwise than Being, or, Beyond Essence.   OUTLINE: (01:39) – Converging on the Holocaust (11:40) – Dr. Roth’s roundtable 1: Charlotte Delbo, Anne Applebaum, Amanda Gorman (15:01) – Dr. Roth’s roundtable 2: James Madison, Elie Wiesel, Albert Camus (17:40) – Dr. Grob’s roundtable: (Plato’s) Socrates, Martin Buber, Charlotte Delbo (23:29) – The beginnings of a friendship (and a book or two) (31:45) – The Holocaust and contemporary dangers to American democracy (35:03) – (Liberal) democracy as a verb, not a noun (41:23) – Democracy and virtue (49:44) – Democracy and division (58:10) – Learning from the Holocaust era (01:08:27) – MAGA and the 2024 election (01:13:17) – The hurricane as political metaphor
Patočka Booth, Pt. 3 / Martin Koci / Jan Patočka and Christian Theology
Dec 12 2023
Patočka Booth, Pt. 3 / Martin Koci / Jan Patočka and Christian Theology
The Patočka Booth is a three-part series of interviews on the Czech philosopher and dissident, Jan Patočka (1907–77). Interviews will explore his philosophical and political thought, his biography and context, and his import for theology. Martin Koci is associate professor at KU Linz, Austria. He is the author of Christianity after Christendom: Heretical Essays in Philosophical Theology (2023) and the award-winning Thinking Faith after Christianity: A Theological Reading of Jan Patočka’s Phenomenological Philosophy (2020). Martin is also an editor of numerous volumes—the most recent being God and Phenomenology: Thinking with Jean-Yves Lacoste (Cascade, 2023). His research interests includes the dialogue between phenomenology and theology, and the postmodern context of Christianity.   PODCAST LINKS: Martin’s website: https://www.philosoffee.eu/ Martin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/koci_martin?lang=en Martin’s faculty page: https://ku-linz.at/en/theology/institutes/fundamental_theology_and_dogmatic_theology/staff?tx_persons_personlist%5Baction%5D=show&tx_persons_personlist%5Bcontroller%5D=Person&tx_persons_personlist%5Bperson%5D=356&cHash=f38aadc3637d3f254b1e5ee090a0454a Thinking Faith after Christianity: https://sunypress.edu/Books/T/Thinking-Faith-after-Christianity Christianity after Christendom: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/christianity-after-christendom-9781350322646/   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/   SOURCES MENTIONED: Day, Barbara. The Velvet Philosophers. Janicaud, Dominque, et al. Phenomenology and the Theological Turn: The French Debate. Koci, Martin. Christianity after Christendom: Heretical Perspectives in Philosophical Theology. ———. God and Phenomenology: Thinking with Jean-Yves Lacoste. ———. Thinking Faith after Christianity: A Theological Reading of Jan Patočka’s Phenomenological Philosophy. Patočka, Jan. Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. ———. The Selected Writings of Jan Patočka: Care for the Soul.   OUTLINE: (02:23) – Jan Patočka and French phenomenology (04:24) – Roundtable: Jan Patočka, Emmanuel Falque, Roger Scruton, Jacques Derrida (07:39) – Underground seminars (09:48) – Biographical and intellectual sketches (18:54) – Themes: philosophy of history, asubjective phenomenology (21:52) – An unsystematic thinker (25:24) – Relationship to Christianity (29:39) – Mediating philosophy and theology (32:47) – Reading Patočka alongside the “theological turn” (38:03) – Christianity as “un-thought-through” (45:35) – Outreach/elan/life-force (48:01) – Ethics and the struggle against decadence (50:19) – “Problematicity” and the “solidarity of the shaken” (55:20) – The “sacrifice for nothing” (01:00:47) – What’s next for Martin (01:03:49) – Where to find Martin
Patočka Booth, Pt. 2 / David Lloyd Dusenbury / Jan Patočka's Heretical Perspectives on European History
Nov 28 2023
Patočka Booth, Pt. 2 / David Lloyd Dusenbury / Jan Patočka's Heretical Perspectives on European History
The Patočka Booth is a three-part series of interviews on the Czech philosopher and dissident, Jan Patočka (1907–77). Interviews will explore his philosophical and political thought, his biography and context, and his import for theology. David Lloyd Dusenbury is a philosopher, historian of ideas, and senior fellow at Budapest's Danube Institute. He is also visiting professor at Eötvös Loránd University, and the author of Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature, The Innocence of Pontius Pilate, and I Judge No One (all published by Oxford University Press). Last year, he held the Chair for Jewish-Christian Relations at the University of Antwerp.     PODCAST LINKS: Dr. Dusenbury’s website: https://dldusenbury.com/ Dr. Dusenbury’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/DusenburyDavid Dr. Dusenbury’s academia.edu page: https://huji.academia.edu/DavidLloydDusenbury Dr. Dusenbury’s Buda Hills podcast: https://twitter.com/BudaHills I Judge No One: A Political Life of Jesus: https://www.amazon.com/Judge-No-One-Political-Jesus/dp/0197690513/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1NJBSOJHMSHAX&keywords=david+lloyd+dusenbury&qid=1700698536&sprefix=david+lloyd+dus%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-1   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/   SOURCES MENTIONED: Derrida, Jacques. The Gift of Death. Dusenbury, David Lloyd. “Exploring the Underground Writings of Jan Patočka: War and the Fate of Europe.” Lecture. ———. “Jan Patočka’s Dissident Philosophy of History: Human Bondage and the Risk of History.” Lecture. ———. I Judge No One: A Political Life of Jesus. ———. “The Origins of European Unity and Disunity in Jan Patočka’s Heretical Essays.” Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality. 4 vols. Husserl, Edmund. The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy. Jünger, Ernst. Storm of Steel. ———. Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. ———. Plato and Europe. Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre, SJ. “La nostalgie du front.”   OUTLINE: (01:47) – Discovering Patočka (via Derrida) (04:35) – Roundtable: Patočka, Derrida, Husserl, Heidegger (08:28) – Brief biographical sketches (13:05) – Key ideas: the soul and history, the death of Europe, Christianity (17:36) – Was Patočka himself religious? (19:49) – Plato and Europe (23:17) – Philosopher and dissident (of a sort) (28:31) – A spiritual reading of European history (34:17) – The loss of European unity (37:17) – Russia and the United States (43:50) – The twentieth century as war (52:18) – Questioning and mystery (58:33) – What’s next for Dr. Dusenbury (59:26) – Where to find Dr. Dusenbury
Patočka Booth, Pt. 1 / Erin Plunkett / The "Solidarity of the Shaken"
Nov 14 2023
Patočka Booth, Pt. 1 / Erin Plunkett / The "Solidarity of the Shaken"
The Patočka Booth is a three-part series of interviews on the Czech philosopher and dissident, Jan Patočka (1907–77). Interviews will explore his philosophical and political thought, his biography and context, and his import for theology. Erin Plunkett is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She is the editor of the Selected Writings of Jan Patočka: Care for the Soul (2022) and Kierkegaard and Possibility (2023) and the author of A Philosophy of the Essay (2018).  PODCAST LINKS: Dr. Plunkett’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jd_silentio Dr. Plunkett’s academia.edu page: https://herts.academia.edu/ErinPlunkett Dr. Plunkett’s research profile: https://researchprofiles.herts.ac.uk/en/persons/erin-plunkett Dr. Plunkett’s website: https://erinshalonplunkett.wordpress.com The Selected Writings of Jan Patočka: Care for the Soul: https://www.amazon.com/Selected-Writings-Jan-Patocka-Care/dp/1350139092 Kierkegaard and Possibility: https://www.amazon.com/Kierkegaard-Possibility-Erin-Plunkett/dp/1350298980   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/    SOURCES MENTIONED: Derrida, Jacques. The Gift of Death. ———. Hospitality. 2 vols. Heidegger, Martin. “The Question Concerning Technology.” Husserl, Edmund. The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy. Kundera, Milan. The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Musil, Robert. The Man Without Qualities. Patočka, Jan. Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. ———. Plato and Europe. ———. The Selected Writings of Jan Patočka: Care for the Soul. Plunkett, Erin, ed. Kierkegaard and Possibility. Ricœur, Paul. “Jan Patocka: A Philosopher of Resistance.” The Socrates of Prague. Documentary. Tava, Francesco, and Darian Meacham, eds. Thinking After Europe: Jan Patočka and Politics.   OUTLINE: (01:39) – Discovering “the myth of Patočka” (06:18) – Roundtable: Patočka, Nietzsche, Foucault, Arendt (09:51) – The life of Patočka in the century of war (15:37) – Key themes: Movement, care for the soul, sacrifice (21:03) – Relationship to Husserl and Heidegger (25:02) – Husserlian transcendence vs. Patockian transcendence (27:36) – The “limping pilgrim” and the “sacrifice for nothing” (32:05) – Patočka, Heidegger, and Husserl on science and technology (38:09) – “Asubjective phenomenology” (43:05) – Aesthetic and literary criticism (48:35) – “The solidarity of the shaken” (52:28) – Patočka and Derrida (54:08) – The failure of the European project (59:32) – What’s next for Dr. Plunkett (01:00:55) – Where to find Dr. Plunkett
Luminaries / John Milbank / Metaphysics and Radical(ized) Orthodoxy
Oct 31 2023
Luminaries / John Milbank / Metaphysics and Radical(ized) Orthodoxy
The Luminaries series is a collection of interviews with premier thinkers working in the theological academy and the church. John Milbank is Emeritus Professor of Politics, Religion and Ethics at the University of Nottingham where he is also President of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. His most recent book, written with Adrian Pabst, is The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future. CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: de Lubac, Henri. A Brief Catechesis on Nature and Grace. Deneen, Patrick J. Regime Change: Toward a Postliberal Future. ———. Why Liberalism Failed. Marshall, H. E. Our Island Story. Milbank, John. The Future of Love: Essays in Political Theology. ———. The Legend of Death: Two Poetic Sequences. ———. The Religious Dimension in the Thought of Giambattista Vico, 1668–1774: Language, Law and History. ———. Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason. ———, and Adrian Pabst. The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future. OUTLINE: (01:27) – A metaphysics of creativity and generosity (06:39) – Roundtable: Maximus, Eriugena, Nicholas of Cusa, or: Schelling, Ravaisson, Solovyov (08:48) – Phenomenology and/vs. metaphysics (24:57) – Radical orthodoxy’s origin story (35:40) – Radical orthodoxy’s relationship to the lived theology of faith communities (43:22) – Temptations to cross the Tiber? (50:05) – “Eureka moments” in Prof. Milbank’s theological journey (58:53) – Ruskin and Christian socialism (01:04:10) – The contemporary theological scene (01:14:37) – British and American postliberalism(s) (01:22:13) – What’s on the horizon for Prof. Milbank
Nicholas Denysenko / Ukraine, Russia, and the Church’s Unholy War
Oct 17 2023
Nicholas Denysenko / Ukraine, Russia, and the Church’s Unholy War
Nicholas E. Denysenko is Emil and Elfriede Jochum Professor and Chair at Valparaiso University. He is the author of The Orthodox Church in Ukraine: A Century of Separation (2018) and most recently of The Church's Unholy War: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Orthodoxy (Cascade, 2023) and This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made: The Liturgical Year in Orthodoxy (Cascade, 2023). *Apologies for the sound feedback on this episode. PODCAST LINKS: The Church’s Unholy War: https://wipfandstock.com/9781666748154/the-churchs-unholy-war/ Prof. Denysenko’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholasDenyse1 Prof. Denysenko’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-denysenko-03869811/ Prof. Denysenko’s academia.edu page: https://valpo.academia.edu/NicholasDenysenko   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/   SOURCES MENTIONED: Denysenko, Nicholas. The Church’s Unholy War: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Orthodoxy. ———. The Orthodox Church in Ukraine: A Century of Separation. ———. This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made: The Liturgical Year in Orthodoxy.   OUTLINE: (01:32) – From liturgical theology to Ukrainian (and Russian) church history (06:32) – Personal experiences of Ukraine (07:40) – Roundtable: Alexander Schmemann, Maria Skobtsova, Nicholas Afanasiev (14:24) – Who’s involved: the Orthodox churches in Ukraine and Russia (29:02) – Patriarchs Filaret, Bartholomew, and Kirill (46:27) – Metropolitans Onufriy and Epiphaniy (01:02:42) – The Maidan Revolution of Dignity and the creation of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine (01:08:56) – Why the Russian Orthodox Church justifies the war in Ukraine (01:16:09) – Responses to the war from other Orthodox around the globe (01:19:38) – What’s next for the global Orthodox churches (01:24:02) – What’s next for Prof. Denysenko
Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 4 / Roberto J. De La Noval and Mark Roosien / Bulgakov the Man, Priest, and Theologian
Oct 3 2023
Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 4 / Roberto J. De La Noval and Mark Roosien / Bulgakov the Man, Priest, and Theologian
The Bulgakov Booth is a four-part series of interviews on the Russian priest and theologian, Sergius Bulgakov (1871–1944). The interviews here will explore the many intellectual twists and turns in Bulgakov's biography as well as some key themes in his writings. Roberto J. De La Noval is Assistant Professor of Theology at Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, MD). A systematic and historical theologian, his work covers figures such as Sergius Bulgakov and Bernard Lonergan, with a focus on Christian eschatology. He is also a translator of Russian religious thought. His most recent publications are Sergius Bulgakov, The Sophiology of Death (Cascade Books, 2021) and Sergius Bulgakov, Spiritual Diary (Angelico Press, 2022, with Mark Roosien). Fr. Mark Roosien is the pastor of Holy Ghost Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, CT, and Lecturer in Liturgical Studies at Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is a scholar and translator of Eastern Christian theology and liturgy. In addition to his translations of two books by Sergius Bulgakov—The Eucharistic Sacrifice (University of Notre Dame Press, 2021) and Spiritual Diary (Angelico Press, 2022, with Roberto De La Noval)—his monograph on liturgical and theological responses to natural disaster in Byzantium is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.  PODCAST LINKS: Spiritual Diary: https://angelicopress.com/products/spiritual-diary?_pos=1&_sid=c7ba52dd8&_ss=r The Sophiology of Death: https://wipfandstock.com/9781532699658/the-sophiology-of-death/ The Eucharistic Sacrifice: https://undpress.nd.edu/9780268201418/the-eucharistic-sacrifice/ Rob's Twitter: https://twitter.com/roberto_noval?lang=en Rob's academia.edu page: https://nd.academia.edu/RobertoDeLaNoval Fr. Mark's academia.edu page: https://yale.academia.edu/MarkRoosien Hermitix podcast: https://hermitix.net/Home   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ Hermitix podcast: https://hermitix.net/Home SOURCES MENTIONED: Bulgakov, Sergius. The Bride of the Lamb. ———. The Comforter. ———. The Eucharistic Sacrifice. ———. The Lamb of God. ———. Relices and Miracles: Two Theological Essays. ———. Sergii Bulgakov: Towards a Russian Political Theology (edited by Rowan Williams). ———. The Sophiology of Death: Essays on Eschatology: Personal, Political, Universal. ———. Spiritual Diary. Florensky, Pavel. The Pillar and Ground of the Truth: An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters. Marion, Jean-Luc. In Excess: Studies of Saturated Phenomena. Solovyov, Vladimir. Lectures on Divine Humanity. OUTLINE: (02:14) – Drip coffee, ice water, and orange salt electrolyte water (07:15) – Rob’s roundtable: Bulgakov, Teilhard de Chardin, Balthasar, Simone Weil (11:42) – Fr. Mark’s roundtable: Bulgakov, Balthasar, Ernst Bloch, Augustine (15:45) – Biography: son of a priest –> Marxist economist –> theologian and priest (27:35) – Personalism, the hyper-real, and Sophia (34:10) – The Bulgakov of Spiritual Diary (42:23) – Bulgakov the friend (of Florensky and Sr. Reitlinger) (52:29) – The story behind The Sophiology of Death (01:01:44) – Bulgakov’s theology of death (01:11:44) – The Trinity and the eucharistic sacrifice (01:23:07) – Final thoughts
Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 3 / Sarah Livick-Moses / Bulgakov on Sophia and Eschatological Politicism
Sep 19 2023
Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 3 / Sarah Livick-Moses / Bulgakov on Sophia and Eschatological Politicism
The Bulgakov Booth is a four-part series of interviews on the Russian priest and theologian, Sergius Bulgakov (1871–1944). The interviews here will explore the many intellectual twists and turns in Bulgakov's biography as well as some key themes in his writings. Sarah Livick-Moses is currently writing a dissertation at Boston College on the doctrines of Trinity and creation in Sergii Bulgakov's major theological writings. She is a Managing Editor at the Journal of Religion and the Arts, serves on the Steering Committee for the Eastern Orthodox Studies Unit at the American Academy of Religion, and is a Graduate Fellow with the NU Research Initiative for the Study of Russian Philosophy and Religious Thought. PODCAST LINKS: Sarah’s academia.edu page: https://bc.academia.edu/SarahLivickMoses Genealogies of Modernity: https://genealogiesofmodernity.org/   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Bulgakov, Sergius. The Bride of the Lamb. ———. The Comforter. ———. The Lamb of God. ———. Sophia: The Wisdom of God: An Outline of Sophiology. ———. The Sophiology of Death: Essays on Eschatology: Personal, Political, Universal. ———. Unfading Light: Contemplations and Speculations. Livick-Moses, Sarah. “Eschatological Resurrection and Historical Liberation.” Meerson, Michael A. The Trinity of Love in Modern Russian Theology. Newsome Martin, Jennifer. Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought. ———. “The ‘Whence’ and the ‘Whither’ of Balthasar’s Gendered Theology: Rehabilitating Kenosis for Feminist Theology.” Skobtsova, Mother Maria. Essential Writings. OUTLINE: (02:03) – Roundtable: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Meister Eckhart (05:30) – Major themes: divine-humanity, eschatology, iconography, Sophia (08:02) – Bulgakovian (and Russian) Sophiology (15:35) – Countering (completing?) German Idealism (18:18) – Friends and influences: Florensky, Berdyaev (19:43) – Bulgakov’s (and Maria Skobtsova’s) “eschatological politicism” (24:57) – The two poles of eschatological politicism (26:35) – Spiritual participation in political systems (30:43) – A Bulgakovian assessment of Patriarch Kirill (34:25) – Bulgakov’s ecclesial and political milieu (36:48) – Sophia in the church-world relation (39:47) – Gender difference in Bulgakov’s theology (45:45) – Bulgakov’s iconology in feminist perspective (50:46) – What’s next for Sarah and where to find her
Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 2 / Jordan Daniel Wood / Bulgakov: Alive to God, Alive to the World
Sep 7 2023
Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 2 / Jordan Daniel Wood / Bulgakov: Alive to God, Alive to the World
The Bulgakov Booth is a four-part series of interviews on the Russian priest and theologian, Sergius Bulgakov (1871–1944). The interviews here will explore the many intellectual twists and turns in Bulgakov's biography as well as some key themes in his writings. Jordan Daniel Wood earned his PhD in theology from Boston College in 2019 and published a book with University of Notre Dame Press entitled The Whole Mystery of Christ: Creation as Incarnation in Maximus Confessor (2022). He is also a stay-at-home father of four girls. PODCAST LINKS: Jordan’s academia.edu page: https://bc.academia.edu/JordanWood Jordan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/JordanW41069857 CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Bulgakov, Sergius. The Bride of the Lamb. ———. The Lamb of God. ———. Sergii Bulgakov: Towards a Russian Political Theology. ———. The Sophiology of Death: Essays on Eschatology: Personal, Political, Universal. ———. The Tragedy of Philosophy (Philosophy and Dogma). Daley, Brian E., SJ. God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered. Dei Verbum: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation. de Lubac, Henri. The Religion of Teilhard de Chardin. John Paul II, Pope. Fides et ratio. Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Judgment. ———. Critique of Practical Reason. ———. Critique of Pure Reason. Kaplan, Grant. Faith and Reason through Christian History: A Theological Essay. Marcel, Gabriel. Creative Fidelity. Plato. Parmenides. Rahner, Karl. Faith in a Wintry Season: Conversations and Interviews with Karl Rahner in the Last Years of His Life.  ———. The Trinity. Slesinski, Robert F. The Theology of Sergius Bulgakov. Unitatis Redintegratio: Decree on Ecumenism. von Balthasar, Hans Urs. Dare We Hope That All Men Be Saved?: with “A Short Discourse on Hell.” ———. The Theology of Karl Barth. Wood, Jordan Daniel. “The Lively God of Sergius Bulgakov: Reflections on The Sophiology of Death.” OUTLINE: NEED TO ADJUST TIME STAMPS AFTER INTRO IS RECORDED (00:00) – Maximus Confessor, Friedrich Schelling, Sergius Bulgakov (06:31) – Roundtable: Bulgakov, Augustine, Aquinas, Hegel (10:56) – Incarnation as repair vs. Incarnation as disclosure (21:24) – Bulgakov: alive to God, alive to the world (30:00) – Key themes: antinomy and synthesis (37:50) – What the Western traditions can learn from Bulgakov (44:00) – The particularization of the universal (49:15) – Creative distance (from Europe) and creative fidelity (to the church) (57:30) – Bulgakov’s ecumenism (01:00:13) – The Sophiology of Death (01:06:42) – Two approaches to Sophia (01:20:36) – The One and the Many (01:31:09) – The influence of German Idealism (01:33:48) – Bulgakov and universalism
Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 1 / Regula M. Zwahlen / Bulgakov and the “Revolutionary Spirit of Revelation”
Aug 22 2023
Bulgakov Booth, Pt. 1 / Regula M. Zwahlen / Bulgakov and the “Revolutionary Spirit of Revelation”
The Bulgakov Booth is a four-part series of interviews on the Russian priest and theologian, Sergius Bulgakov (1871–1944). The interviews here will explore the many intellectual twists and turns in Bulgakov's biography as well as some key themes in his writings. Regula M. Zwahlen is Scientific Director of the Sergiy Bulgakov Research Center at the University of Fribourg and co-editor of the German edition of Bulgakov’s work. Zwahlen is the author of the German book, Das revo­lutionäre Ebenbild Gottes: Anthropologien der Menschenwürde bei Nikolaj A. Berdjaev und Sergej N. Bulgakov (Man as the Revolu­tionary Image of God: The Philosophical Anthropologies of Sergii N. Bulgakov and Nikolai A. Berdiaev), and has published a number of essays on Russian and Soviet con­cepts of personality and on Russian Orthodox human rights discourse. PODCAST LINKS: Regula’s academia.edu page: https://unifr.academia.edu/RegulaZwahlen Regula’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/RegulaZwahlen Sergiy Bulgakov Research Center: https://www.unifr.ch/sergij-bulgakov/de/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Arendt, Hannah. The Origins of Totalitarianism. Bulgakov, Sergij. The Tragedy of Philosophy: Philosophy and Dogma. Zwahlen, Regula M. Das revolutionäre Ebenbild Gottes: Anthropologien der Menschenwürde bei Nikolaj A. Berdjaev und Sergej N. Bulgakov ———. “The Revolutionary Spirit of Revelation: Sergii Bulgakov’s Personalist Sociology.” ———. “What is a ‘healthy national feeling’? Serge Bulgakov's response to Chaadaev's despair.” OUTLINE: (01:39) – Pronouncing Sergii/Sergius Bulgakov (03:49) – Roundtable: Bulgakov, Kant, Arendt, Bonhoeffer (09:03) – Biography: Orthodoxy –> Marxism –> Idealism –> Orthodoxy again (18:32) – The dignity of the human person, the meaning of matter, and the meaning of history (20:54) – The “Russian Silver Age” (24:57) – Bulgakov and Nikolai Berdyaev (30:23) – Personhood, Godmanhood, and Sophia (36:43) – Sophiology: Hildegard, Böhme, Russian philosophy (40:37) – The influence of German Idealism (43:39) – Political thinking (47:25) – Relationship to socialism (50:22) – The nation-state and “a healthy national feeling” (52:58) – Church, politics, and economics (56:57) – Where to find Regula’s work
Michael Morelli / Jacques Ellul between Barth and the Frankfurt School
Aug 8 2023
Michael Morelli / Jacques Ellul between Barth and the Frankfurt School
Michael Morelli is assistant professor of theology, culture, and ethics at Northwest Baptist Seminary in British Columbia, Canada. Michael is also the editor of the recent Pickwick book, Desert, Wilderness, Wasteland, and Word. This volume includes the first English translation of an essay by Jacques Ellul, along with five short engagements with Ellul’s essay from current leading Ellul scholars. PODCAST LINKS: Jacques Ellul, Desert, Wilderness, Wasteland, and Word: https://wipfandstock.com/9781666742534/desert-wilderness-wasteland-and-word/ Wipf and Stock’s Ellul volumes: https://wipfandstock.com/search-results/?contributor=jacques-ellul&page_number=1 Michael’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mchlmorelli?lang=en   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/   SOURCES MENTIONED: Barth, Karl. The Epistle to the Romans. Eliot, T. S. “The Waste Land.” Ellul, Jacques. A Critique of the New Commonplaces. ———. Desert, Wilderness, Wasteland, and Word: A New Essay by Jacques Ellul and Five Critical Engagements. ———. The Empire of Non-Sense: Art in the Technological Society. ———. Hope in Time of Abandonment. ———. Presence in the Modern World. ———. The Technological Bluff. ———. The Theological Foundation of Law. Ziegler, Philip G. Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology.   OUTLINE: (01:42) – Chai tea, raw milk, oat milk(s), Keurig coffee (09:27) – Roundtable: Ellul, Virilio, Marx, Barth, Kierkegaard (13:36) – Ellul: Fiery? Austere? Curmudgeonly? (15:57) – The French Theodor Adorno (18:22) – French Protestant sociologist, theologian, and activist (26:30) – A one-man Frankfurt School (and a Barthian-Kierkegaardian) (32:16) – Technique as the new form of capital (36:40) – Confronting the trauma of fascism (41:39) – Freedom and the fear thereof (45:22) – Messianic inbreaking (48:56) – Anarchy and activism (53:05) – Discovering Ellul (and Virilio) (59:00) – Desert, Wilderness, Wasteland, and Word (01:02:32) – The One who we recognize without knowing (01:07:05) – The “desert” in Ellul (01:11:07) – Technology and eco-theology (01:14:27) – Where to find Michael (01:16:07) – Future project: Ellul and cinema
David Artman / Christian Universalism, Pt. 2
Jul 25 2023
David Artman / Christian Universalism, Pt. 2
David Artman is the author of Grace Saves All: The Necessity of Christian Universalism (Wipf & Stock, 2020) and the host of the Grace Saves All podcast. In this second part of my conversation with David, he and I continue our conversation on Christian universalism, address some of the main critiques of this position, and discuss his book and podcast. PODCAST LINKS: David’s book: https://wipfandstock.com/9781532650888/grace-saves-all/ Grace Saves All podcast: https://www.davidartman.net/podcast David’s website: https://www.davidartman.net/ David’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidartman?lang=en   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/   SOURCES MENTIONED: Artman, David. Grace Saves All: The Necessity of Christian Universalism. Hart, David Bentley. The New Testament: A Translation. ———. That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation. Jersak, Bradley. Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem. MacDonald, Gregory (Robin Parry). The Evangelical Universalist. Parry, Robin A., with Ilaria L. E. Ramelli. A Larger Hope?, Volume 2: Universal Salvation from the Reformation to the Nineteenth Century. Ramelli, Ilaria L. E. A Larger Hope?, Volume 1: Universal Salvation from Christian Beginnings to Julian of Norwich. Sarris, George W. Heaven’s Doors: Wider Than You Ever Believed! Yancey, Philip. Vanishing Grace: Bringing Good News to a Deeply Divided World. Zahnd, Brian. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News.   OUTLINE: (00:14) – The ultimate question of God’s goodness (02:48) – Scriptures for and (apparently) against (13:45) – “Weeping and gnashing of teeth” (22:08) – Resources on Christian universalism (24:38) – Universalism, evangelism, and morality (35:15) – Free will and freedom (43:31) – Universalism in the early church (51:44) – The traumatic impact of infernalist theology (01:02:23) – David’s book, Grace Saves All (01:15:49) – What’s next for David (01:19:23) – Where to find David
David Artman / Christian Universalism, Pt. 1
Jul 11 2023
David Artman / Christian Universalism, Pt. 1
David Artman is the author of Grace Saves All: The Necessity of Christian Universalism (Wipf & Stock, 2020) and the host of the Grace Saves All podcast. On this first of two episodes with David, he and I begin a conversation on the topic of Christian universalism, a conversation which we will continue in a subsequent episode to be released in a couple of weeks. Here we discuss his own journey to Christian universalism, some of the major historic and contemporary figures within this stream of thinking, and clear up some of the common misperceptions and critiques. PODCAST LINKS: David’s book: https://wipfandstock.com/9781532650888/grace-saves-all/ Grace Saves All podcast: https://www.davidartman.net/podcast David’s website: https://www.davidartman.net/ David’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidartman?lang=en   CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/   SOURCES MENTIONED: Artman, David. Grace Saves All: The Necessity of Christian Universalism. Hart, David Bentley. That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation. Hronich, Andrew. Once Loved Always Loved: The Logic of Apokatastasis. Jersak, Bradley. Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hell, Hope, and the New Jerusalem. MacDonald, Gregory (Robin Parry). The Evangelical Universalist. Parry, Robin, with Ilaria Ramelli. A Larger Hope?, Volume 2: Universal Salvation from the Reformation to the Nineteenth Century. Ramelli, Ilaria. A Larger Hope?, Volume 1: Universal Salvation from Christian Beginnings to Julian of Norwich. Talbott, Thomas. The Inescapable Love of God. Wood, Jordan Daniel. The Whole Mystery of Christ: Creation as Incarnation in Maximus Confessor.   OUTLINE: (00:14) – Microphones and Monty Python (05:05) – Podcasting and publishing on universalism (08:30) – Private journals: Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann, Hans Urs von Balthasar, C. S. Lewis (12:35) – White Russian, English Breakfast-Cocoa elixir (17:26) – From evangelical fundamentalism to Brite Divinity School (22:50) – Discovering Christian universalism (28:20) – Universalism and holding on to faith (30:35) – The logic and history of Christian universalism (35:03) – Historic figures: Gregory of Nyssa, Origen of Alexandria, Maximus Confessor (40:31) – Universalism and (Nicene) orthodoxy (48:48) – Contemporary figures: David Bentley Hart, Thomas Talbott, Ilaria Ramelli, Robin Parry (54:45) – What are the alternatives? (58:49) – Facing the critiques of Christian universalism (01:07:53) – To be continued . . .