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The Simple Gifts podcast is the gift of time and freedom. It is the simple presentation of the written word spoken without commentary. Join us in ruminating on great stories, poems, history and philosophy, theology and science. In a hectic and chaotic world, find here the “valley of love and delight,” a true simplicity, where “to bow and to bend we will not be ashamed,” where we can ponder the greatest words ever written, turning them over and over, “till by turning, turning, we come round right.”

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Simple Gifts John and Jenny Wise

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The Simple Gifts podcast is the gift of time and freedom. It is the simple presentation of the written word spoken without commentary. Join us in ruminating on great stories, poems, history and philosophy, theology and science. In a hectic and chaotic world, find here the “valley of love and delight,” a true simplicity, where “to bow and to bend we will not be ashamed,” where we can ponder the greatest words ever written, turning them over and over, “till by turning, turning, we come round right.”

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    ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe. Chapter 12c

    ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe. Chapter 12c

    As an elementary school student, I remember reading for the first time Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. I was captivated by Crusoe’s solitary ingenuity on the island, his trips back and forth to the foundered ship, his reconstruction of civilized life from the fundaments. It awakened in me a lifetime love of survival narratives, and a fascination with survival strategies and skills. If today I can forage for wild foods, start a bow-drill fire, build a deadfall, construct a survival shelter and know a great deal more about our natural environment than most people do, it is in no small part a result of reading this book, which has been called the first English novel. It well-rewards the time spent in its reading. Enjoy!

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    • 13 min
    Plato's PROTAGORAS, Part 7

    Plato's PROTAGORAS, Part 7

    Most of what we know about the greatest of the Sophists, Protagoras, comes from Plato. Whether, then, what we know about him accurately reflects the reality, we cannot be certain. He was, certainly, one of the most famous itinerant teachers of rhetoric in classical Greece. He is most famous for the line, ”Man is the measure of all things,” as quoted by Socrates/Plato in the dialogue Theatetus, a dialogue that we hope to read for Simple Gifts at a later date.

    In this dialogue, the famous but aged rhetorician, encounters Socrates while staying at the home of Callias, a wealthy Athenian. Many other characters are featured or present, including several other prominent Sophists.

    • 16 min
    THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, # 53, "The House of Representatives" (Cont.), by Alexander Hamilton or James Madison

    THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, # 53, "The House of Representatives" (Cont.), by Alexander Hamilton or James Madison

    Authored by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay to appear anonymously in New York papers under the pseudonym ”Publius” in 1787 and 1788, the Federalist Papers aimed to rally public support for the proposed Constitution of the United States. As such, it is one of the most important sources for understanding the original intent of the US Constitution by those who participated in its construction.

    In Federalist number one Alexander Hamilton sets forth the ambition of arguing the following positions in favor of the adoption of the Constitution:

    ”I propose, in a series of papers, to discuss the following interesting particulars:

    THE UTILITY OF THE UNION TO YOUR POLITICAL PROSPERITY

    THE INSUFFICIENCY OF THE PRESENT CONFEDERATION TO PRESERVE THAT UNION

    THE NECESSITY OF A GOVERNMENT AT LEAST EQUALLY ENERGETIC WITH THE ONE PROPOSED, TO THE ATTAINMENT OF THIS OBJECT

    THE CONFORMITY OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION TO THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT

    ITS ANALOGY TO YOUR OWN STATE CONSTITUTION and lastly,

    THE ADDITIONAL SECURITY WHICH ITS ADOPTION WILL AFFORD TO THE PRESERVATION OF THAT SPECIES OF GOVERNMENT, TO LIBERTY, AND TO PROPERTY.”

    Articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay under the collective pseudonym ”Publius” to promote the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

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    • 15 min
    THE EVERLASTING MAN by G. K. Chesterton, Book 2, Chapter 4a

    THE EVERLASTING MAN by G. K. Chesterton, Book 2, Chapter 4a

    THE EVERLASTING MAN by Gilbert Kyle Chesterton

    Part Two: On The Man Called Christ

    Chapter Four: The Witness of the Heretics

    Gilbert Kyle Chesterton remains one of the great voices of Christian faith in the last century, and it is a tragedy that more Christians are not familiar with his work. C. S. Lewis credits Chesterton, and in particular The Everlasting Man, with displaying the rationality of the Christian worldview par excellence to him, though it was not one work alone that changed his mind, but a progressive development away from atheism and toward God, that Lewis discusses.

    ”I was at this time living, like so many Atheists or Antitheists, in a whirl of contradictions. I maintained that God did not exist. I was also very angry with God for not existing. I was equally angry with Him for creating a world.”

    While in the army in WWI:

    ”It was here that I first read a volume of Chesterton’s essays.... nor can I quite understand why he made such an immediate conquest of me. It might have been expected that my pessimism, my atheism, and my hatred of sentiment would have made him to me the least congenial of all authors. It would almost seem that Providence, or some ”second cause” of a very obscure kind, quite over-rules our previous tastes when It decides to bring two minds together. Liking an author may be as involuntary and improbable as falling in love. I was by now a sufficiently experienced reader to distinguish liking from agreement. I did not need to accept what Chesterton said in order to enjoy it.... For the critics who think Chesterton frivolous or ”paradoxical” I have to work hard to feel even pity; sympathy is out of the question. Moreover, strange as it may seem, I liked him for his goodness. I can attribute this taste to myself freely (even at that age) because it was a liking for goodness which had nothing to do with any attempt to be good myself. I have never felt the dislike of goodness which seems to be quite common in better men than me.... It was a matter of taste: I felt the ”charm” of goodness as a man feels the charm of a woman he has no intention of marrying. It is, indeed, at that distance that its ”charm” is most apparent.”

    It seems as though Lewis himself took up this ”charm” when he wrote the Chronicles of Narnia years later, introducing the real-world content of the Gospel message in a digestible form for those who might not wish to taste it full strength, and thus avoiding the censor.

    ”In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere--”Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,” as Herbert says, ”fine nets and stratagems.” God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.”

    This is a point that motivates ALL of our work here on Simple Gifts ... ALL of God’s creation, and thus all of man’s best creative efforts, when properly understood point us to the Creator. For Lewis, one work in particular was the proverbial ”straw”:

    ”Then I read Chesterton’s Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history set out in a form that seemed to me to make sense. Somehow I contrived not to be too badly shaken. You will remember that I already thought Chesterton the most sensible man alive ”apart from his Christianity”. Now, I veritably believe, I thought--I didn’t of course say; words would have revealed the nonsense--that Christianity itself was very sensible ”apart from its Christianity”.”

    We present here this text with the hope that the effect might be reproduced in others, too.

    Enjoy!

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    • 15 min
    Psalm 21

    Psalm 21

    The whole Bible for our listeners. I will read from the American Standard Version, as all copyright has expired, and it is in the public domain.

    • 1 min
    Psalm 20

    Psalm 20

    The whole Bible for our listeners. I will read from the American Standard Version, as all copyright has expired, and it is in the public domain.

    • 1 min

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