Welcome to Magnus Podcast - a production of the Albertus Magnus Institute, Inc. Imagine an academy deeply rooted and committed to the classical liberal arts, stocked to the brim with well-known, world-class faculty, and universally accessible. Now imagine it being completely affordable, even free. This was the vision of St. Albert the Great, father of classical education: an education that is at once freeing and free. A true and human liberation has always been the promise of an education in the liberal arts. Indeed, for the better part of the last 3,000 years, it was no mystery where one could learn how to cast off the shackles of the world and what to study to achieve that liberated state. In no uncertain terms, the classical liberal arts undoubtedly served as the intellectual foundation of Western Civilization. However, we are no longer a society of free men. The tradition of the liberal arts was left behind in favor of a more “practical” alternative. Many were promised a “liberating” education, and ironically received a soft enslavement. Graduates today are unemployable and inextricably saddled with debt, for an education they were told was “necessary for employment.” Worse still, society has abandoned the time-honored methods for discovering truth; “civil” discourse has been discarded and “arguments” only seek to divide, leaving our true sense of wonder unsatisfied. We propose a paradigm shift in education – or more appropriately, a resurrection of the universal and timeless tradition of the classical liberal arts. We want to provide an affordable academic forum for students to engage in guided conversations in a shared pursuit of truth itself. The truth, which alone is liberating, and must once again be liberated - drawing all men to itself: OMNES AD VERITATEM.
Ep. 050 - THREE BEERS - The Sufferings and Glory of Christ
We made it to 50 episodes thanks to you and have some huge announcements to make. Join us for a special sit down over 3 Beers with AMI CFO Brian Long who breaks the news - taped on the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas no less!
Ep. 049 - Forged in the Fire of War: The Life of J.R.R. Tolkien with Dr. Helen Freeh
In this lecture for the Magnus Fellowship, Dr. Freeh tells the story of Tolkien that you have never heard.
Ep. 048 - Metaphysics Q&A with Dr. David Arias
Peek in on the Fellowship at its best as Magnus Fellows engage Aristotle with the pedagogic wonder, Dr. David Arias.
Ep. 047 - Man: The Erotic, Birthing Person
Senior Fellow Dr. Matthew Walz leads a discussion of Plato’s Symposium.
Ep. 046 - Joseph Pearce introduces you to Homer’s Iliad
Dive into the world of Homer and explore the first three books of his Iliad with Senior Fellow Joseph Pearce.
Ep. 045 - The Lord of the Rings: All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter
Dr. Hellen Freeh unpacks the meaning of language, love, and friendship in her Magnus Fellowship course Friendship and Freedom in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
Lectures Worth Meditating On…
The Magnus Institute is generously distributing the riches of wisdom through these episodes. If we will be attentive and gather up these nuggets of truth, we will not only grow richer in knowledge, but wiser as we are conformed to the image of Christ, who is truth and wisdom incarnate.
The Albertus Magnus Education
I never got into listening to podcasts frequently, perhaps because they often seem to divert my attention rather than enrich me. I have listened to nearly all of the Magnus episodes—my wife can attest, since she is often required to listen along while I put it on at home. The difference is that this podcast can educate and does so in a way true to the classical liberal arts. One of my favorite episodes—apart from the very first episode—has to be something like 2 1/2 hours on Aristotle’s Categories. The caliber of contributors, the vitality of the speakers, and the awesome John Johnson song remixes make this my favorite podcast. . . My wife is also a devoted listener. My 2 month old will be as well. Sancte Alberte Magne, Ora pro nobis!
The Magnus Podcast is fantastic! I love listening to the excerpts from the classes and having the chance to engage in the great works of western literature once more. Please keep it coming!