14 episodes

Conversation about the liberal arts and the great books and big ideas that have shaped the Western world. Soli Deo Gloria.

Hosted by Benjamin Myers, a professor in the Western Civilization sequence at Oklahoma Baptist University.

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Conversation about the liberal arts and the great books and big ideas that have shaped the Western world. Soli Deo Gloria.

Hosted by Benjamin Myers, a professor in the Western Civilization sequence at Oklahoma Baptist University.

    Locking Eyebrows with the Old Masters: Stanley Lombardo on Homer, Virgil, and Translation

    Locking Eyebrows with the Old Masters: Stanley Lombardo on Homer, Virgil, and Translation

    In this episode I discuss Homer and Virgil with the eminent classicist and translator Stanley Lombardo. I am particularly taken by Lombardo's concept of "Locking eyebrows with the old masters," that is reading to see the world through the eyes of Homer or Virgil. 

    A note on audio quality: because my usual podcasting long-distance service failed us, I had to resort to speaking with Prof. Lombardo via cell phone. The audio quality in this episode is thus not up to the usual show standards. The quality of the conversation, however, more than makes up for that.

    Books mentioned in this episode:

    Homer's Iliad, trans. Stanley Lombardo 

    Homer's Odyssey, trans. Stanley Lombardo

    Virgil's Aeneid, trans. Stanley Lombardo

    • 19 min
    Frederick Douglass, a Man of Faith (with D.H. Dilbeck)

    Frederick Douglass, a Man of Faith (with D.H. Dilbeck)

    D.H. Dilbeck, author of Frederick Douglass: America's Prophet, discusses the role of faith in the life of the famous abolitionist and runaway slave.

    Books mentioned in this episode:

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass

    My Bondage and My Freedom, by Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass: America's Prophet, by D.H. Dilbeck

    • 24 min
    Carol Humphrey on the Press and the American Revolution

    Carol Humphrey on the Press and the American Revolution

    Books mentioned in this episode:

    The American Revolution and the Press: The Promise of Independence by Carol Sue Humphrey

    Prelude to Independence: The Newspaper War on Britain, 1764-1776 by Arthur Schlesinger

    The History of Printing in America by Isiah Thomas

    • 9 min
    Six Questions about the American Constitution with Dr. Christopher McMillion

    Six Questions about the American Constitution with Dr. Christopher McMillion

    In this episode, I ask Dr. Christopher McMillion, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma Baptist University, six questions about the American constitution.

    Books mentioned:

    The Constitution of the United State of America

    The Federalist Papers

    Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, by Pauline Maier

    • 16 min
    Modernity and Secularization with Alan Noble

    Modernity and Secularization with Alan Noble

    In this episode, I'm joined by Alan Noble, editor of Christ and Pop Culture and author of Disruptive Witness, for a discussion of modernity, secularization, and the work of Charles Taylor.

    Books Mentioned in this Episode:

    A Secular Age, by Charles Taylor

    Liquid Modernity, by Zygmunt Bauman

    How to (Not) be Secular, by James K.A. Smith

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis

    Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age, by Alan Noble

    • 26 min
    A Very Short Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts

    A Very Short Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts

    In this episode, I take a few minutes to explain why the liberal arts matter for the church.

    Books mentioned:

    Politics by Aristotle

    Confesssions by Augustine

    The Voice of Liberal Learning by Michael Oakeshott

    • 11 min

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