15 episodes

Join the hosts of New Humanists and founders of the Ancient Language Institute, Jonathan Roberts and Ryan Hammill, on their quest to discover what a renewed humanism looks like for the modern world. The Ancient Language Institute is an online language school and think tank, dedicated to changing the way ancient languages are taught.

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Join the hosts of New Humanists and founders of the Ancient Language Institute, Jonathan Roberts and Ryan Hammill, on their quest to discover what a renewed humanism looks like for the modern world. The Ancient Language Institute is an online language school and think tank, dedicated to changing the way ancient languages are taught.

    Athanasius’ On the Incarnation, feat. Calvin Goligher | Episode XV

    Athanasius’ On the Incarnation, feat. Calvin Goligher | Episode XV

    Athanasius the Great, Athanasius contra mundum, the Hammer of the Arians. The great defender of orthodox Christology is no mere rigorist or martinet; he possesses a “classical simplicity” in his writing and a subtle theological mind. ALI Latin Fellow Calvin Goligher joins to discuss the great church father and his book On the Incarnation.


    Athanasius’ On the Incarnation with C.S. Lewis’ preface (Greek-English): https://amzn.to/3zagHyR


    Athanasius’ Life of Anthony: https://amzn.to/3mQqrcU


    Athanasius’ Orations Against the Arians (Greek): https://amzn.to/3zoHVSD


    Athanasius’ Orations Against the Arians (free in English): https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/2816.htm


    Charles Kingsley’s Hypatia (free): https://www.gutenberg.org/files/6308/6308-h/6308-h.htm


    Charles Kingsley’s Hypatia (hard copy): https://amzn.to/3zkr57q


    Lecture on the Insufficiency of Creedal Hermeneutics: https://calvinistinternational.com/2014/11/18/the-insufficiency-of-creedal-hermeneutics/


    Learn to read Xenophon and Athanasius in Greek with the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/attic-greek/


    New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/


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    Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 1 hr 20 min
    C.S. Lewis on Old Books | Episode XIV

    C.S. Lewis on Old Books | Episode XIV

    At the same time that he was delivering the Mere Christianity radio addresses to a war-torn England, C.S. Lewis penned a now-famous preface to an edition of On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius. In this short preface, Lewis makes a memorable defense of reading old books, while also revealing some of his thoughts behind the concept of “mere Christianity.”


    C.S. Lewis’ “On the Reading of Old Books” (free): https://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/christina.hemati/phil1301/readings/lewis-on-the-reading-of-old-books/view


    Athanasius’ On the Incarnation with C.S. Lewis’ preface (Greek-English): https://amzn.to/3zagHyR


    C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780060652920


    Michael Ward’s After Humanity: https://amzn.to/3pMzsFP


    Plato’s The Last Days of Socrates: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780140449280


    A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad XL: https://poets.org/poem/shropshire-lad-xl


    C.S. Lewis’ The Pilgrim’s Regress: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780802872173


    Alan Jacobs’ The Year of Our Lord 1943: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780190864651


    Learn to read Xenophon and Athanasius in Greek with the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/attic-greek/


    New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/


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    • 56 min
    Learning to Read the Bible, feat. Dr. Dru Johnson and Tyler Foster | Episode XIII

    Learning to Read the Bible, feat. Dr. Dru Johnson and Tyler Foster | Episode XIII

    Rather than trying to pull the mask off the Hebrew Bible to reveal something (a monster?) hidden underneath, what if you attended to the actual narrative of the Bible? What would you learn? Robert Alter’s groundbreaking The Art of Biblical Narrative attempts to do just that. Dr. Dru Johnson of The King’s College in NYC and ALI’s own Greek and Hebrew Fellow Tyler Foster join Jonathan and Ryan as we discuss how to read the Bible, Alter-style.


    Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780465022557


    Robert Alter’s The Five Books of Moses: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780393333930


    Dru Johnson’s Biblical Philosophy: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781108932691


    The Center for Hebraic Thought: https://hebraicthought.org/


    The Biblical Mind: https://thebiblicalmind.org/


    Learn Biblical Hebrew with Tyler and the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/biblical-hebrew/


    New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    René Girard, Myth, and the Bible, feat. Dr. Patrick Downey

    René Girard, Myth, and the Bible, feat. Dr. Patrick Downey

    In I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, René Girard argues that the Bible definitively refutes the lies of pagan mythology. The pagan myths conceal the mimetic cycle and founding murder that are at the heart of human politics. The Bible, on the other hand, exposes myth and politics as satanic, and offers the Crucifixion and Resurrection as the medicine to heal human society of this curse. Dr. Patrick Downey, of St. Mary’s College of California, joins Jonathan and Ryan to discuss Girard, paganism vs. Christianity, the Inklings, and the modern concern for victims.

    René Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781570753190


    Patrick Downey’s Serious Comedy: https://davenant.kindful.com/?campaign=1156789&fbclid=IwAR0wgsKvwgchD0MT6jKWhDO0d89qVW6cuyHpkeG-jUlGeo_Zq4EKrxcBwug


    Patrick Downey’s Desperately Wicked: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780830828944


    Albertus Magnus Institute: https://magnusinstitute.org/


    Sophocles’ Theban Plays: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780140440034


    Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana: https://amzn.to/3mcUqf1


    Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780465022557


    Plato’s Republic: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780465094080


    New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/


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    Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Benedict in Regensburg: Faith, Reason, and the University | Episode XI

    Benedict in Regensburg: Faith, Reason, and the University | Episode XI

    This is the lecture that sparked worldwide outcry - for all the wrong reasons. In reality, the Regensburg Address is a sparkling meditation on theology, philosophy, and education. Pope Benedict XVI is able to compress profound reflections on the Bible and Greek philosophy into what is a short and accessible lecture. After castigating the media for their bad reporting on the address, Jonathan and Ryan take it apart to reveal its beauty and complexity, covering varied topics including Socrates, the Burning Bush, German philosophy, the Scholastic-Humanist quarrel, Catholicism vs. Protestantism, and the structure of the university.

    Pope Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture (“Faith, Reason and the University: Memories and Reflections”): https://www.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/speeches/2006/september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20060912_university-regensburg.html


    Siren Çelik’s Manuel II Palaiologos: https://bookshop.org/books/manuel-ii-palaiologos-1350-1425-a-byzantine-emperor-in-a-time-of-tumult/9781108836593


    Pope Benedict XVI’s Truth and Tolerance: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781586170356


    Erika Rummel’s The Humanist-Scholastic Debate in the Renaissance and the Reformation: https://amzn.to/3kBFyWw


    Erasmus’ In Praise of Folly: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780140446081


    Sir Anthony Kenny’s Immanuel Kant: A Very Brief History: https://amzn.to/30x7lAr


    Sir Roger Scruton’s Kant: A Very Short Introduction: https://amzn.to/3kG5vE7


    Beginner Latin 1: Middle School: https://ancientlanguage.com/beginner-latin-middle-school/


    Beginner Latin 1: High School: https://ancientlanguage.com/beginner-latin-high-school/


    Honors Latin 1 (for students who’ve studied Latin before): https://ancientlanguage.com/honors-latin/


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    Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Tolkien, Philology, and the Great Books, feat. Colin Chan Redemer | Episode X

    Tolkien, Philology, and the Great Books, feat. Colin Chan Redemer | Episode X

    At the end of his academic career at Oxford University, J.R.R. Tolkien gave his “Valedictory Address,” an analysis of the decline of humane letters, the specious distinction between “lang” and “lit” that has grown up in the academy, and a stirring expression of hope in the future of philological study even amidst unfavorable conditions. Colin Chan Redemer, a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California and Vice President of the Davenant Institute, joins Jonathan and Ryan to discuss Tolkien’s vision for the liberal arts and what proponents of Great Books education have to learn from him.


    Tolkien’s Valedictory Address (free): http://faculty.smu.edu/bwheeler/tolkien/online_reader/oxfordaddress.pdf


    Tolkien’s Valedictory Address in essay collection The Monsters and the Critics: https://amzn.to/3pAg8vs


    Ad Fontes podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ad-fontes-podcast/id1557560666


    Davenant Hall: https://davenantinstitute.org/davenant-hall


    New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

thomasmore44 ,

Inspiration and Perspective

These guys are having a great conversation and inviting us into it. I particularly enjoyed the Voegelin episode as it reminded me to go back and read not just the original voices, but those who have helped hand on the tradition and understood it well in a context closer to my own. This podcast would help anyone who teaches, or still considers himself a student of, the Classical outlook on the world. Additionally, you could learn Latin or Greek from these guys too, in a legitimate method where you would imbibe the culture and the language together rather than amassing grammatical facts and charts to wield in parsing a sentence (and your own intellect) to death.

Interested Humanist ,

Bevis and Buthead

These are the original guys on the couch but instead of mind numbing mtv they are tuned into the true muse of philosophy in search of a recovery of philology.

Best lang oriented podcast online.

chispellsx ,

Outstanding

Having listened to the first three podcasts, I am very interested to continue with Jonathan and Ryan on their quest to elucidate the meaning and purpose of humanism in our time. Their sincerity and candor are greatly appreciated and inspiring. The greatest compliment I can think to give is that this podcast encourages my desire to join in the conversation about Great Things.

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