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3 guys—a pastor, a scholar, and their gleeful provocateur—discuss the great books. We take God and literature seriously—but the second one not overly so.

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    • 4.6, 92 Ratings

3 guys—a pastor, a scholar, and their gleeful provocateur—discuss the great books. We take God and literature seriously—but the second one not overly so.

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4.6 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

reviewerco ,

Good podcast

I enjoy listening

PriscaOroOakly ,

A Christian podcast which pretends to be about books

This podcast isn't about books. I mean it's *vaguely* about books, in that they read a quick wiki summary of an author (and usually get several details wrong -- for instance, did you know Queen Elizabeth died in 1613, just three years before Shakespeare?) then discuss a work of literature and swiftly pronounce said work as a good or a bad book based on the degree of Christian values it upholds. By approaching each work of literature with no sense of charity or openness toward having their preconceived notions about the world challenged, the hosts handicap each episode and turn it more into an exercise in proselytization and affirmation of their own faith than anything resembling a love of literature. I had high hopes since this is one of the few podcasts which delves into classic lit, but I found it ultimately disappointing.

AynRanAway ,

😬 “didn’t finish the book” they said

I listened to the ep on Blood Meridian. They harp on how interesting it is that Cormac wasn’t from the south (born in RI). A simple Wikipedia article (with citation—and you know math) talks about how he moved to Tennessee (which is in the south) when he was 4 (born ‘33, moved in ‘37). I spent age 1-6 in South Carolina but moved (and live) in Philly. But I don’t call myself southern. I know Philly very well. Cormac likely doesn’t know much about Rhode Island compared to Tennessee (Suttree—his closest thing to an autobiographical novel—takes place in Knoxville). That’s my first issue with these guys. (That and they seem to jest at Cormac and how he wasn’t authentically southern, in that at least Faulkner was from Mississippi. So, by this logic, if I was born in Kenya but as soon as I popped out was flown immediately to America and never left, never returned to Kenya—I’d forever be a Kenyan?)
The other, main reason I write this—they didn’t finish reading the book! This is a book review podcast! My cousin writes for a religious newspaper, and this reminds me of when he wrote a movie review for Brokeback Mountain—he didn’t see it. While these guys read part of BM (or read some summary like a high schooler who couldn’t be bothered to read), they didn’t finish it. I understand if you don’t finish a hard book and are not a book reviewer by trade, but basically them stating they didn’t finish it is like me buying cooking ingredients, maybe bake a crust, then telling people how the pie tasted! And saying I’m a chef!
Well, I got half way through the podcast and didn’t finish it. So I guess were even? But I’m not a podcast reviewer!

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