Rank #1: Episode 34 – Reformation! (11. 2. 17)
Senior editor Julia Yost talks with Carl Trueman about Martin Luther, the German monk who argued against the practice of indulgences, and in the process changed the world.
Carl explains why Luther remains important, to Lutherans and other Protestants; whether Luther ushered in the secular age; which of the heroic Reformers would be best to be stranded on an island with; why Luther’s vernacular Bible was so revolutionary; how Protestants and Catholics of today should talk to each other; and more.
Nov 02 2017
Rank #2: Episode 6 – Asexual Millennials (8. 19. 16)
Aug 19 2016
Rank #3: Episode 31 – Welcome to Post-Christian Society (8. 25. 17)
Editor Rusty Reno talks with associate editor Julia Yost about the violence in Charlottesville. Rusty observes that racial unrest has changed since the Civil Rights era: The right has cribbed a sociopolitical critique from the left, and the left has learned paramilitary tactics from the right. The replications are ominous.
Then, senior editor Matthew Schmitz talks with Julia about Convertgate, the recent dust-up in which liberal cradle Catholics instructed converts not to criticize the pope. Julia points out the incongruity of this spasm of liberal ultramontanism.
Aug 25 2017
Rank #4: Episode 10 – Against Gender (9. 16. 16)
Sep 16 2016
Rank #5: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 31. 18) - Modernism and the Control of Nature
Aug 31 2018
Rank #6: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 30. 18) – Three American Poets
Apr 30 2018
Rank #7: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 27. 18) – In Praise of Bourgeois Culture
Feb 27 2018
Rank #8: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12. 7. 17) – Failure of Fatherhood
Dec 07 2017
Rank #9: The Case For Classical Education - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein
Jan 06 2020
Rank #10: Aristopopulism with Patrick Deneen
While the current trajectory of the West would appear to be an ongoing and inconclusive battle between these two factions, classical political theory understood that only an appropriately mixed regime could correct and even elevate the shortcomings of an opposing faction. In an age in which monarchy and inherited titles are rightly suspect, is there nevertheless a prospect for a mixed regime in the modern age that goes beyond pitting elite against populace and vice-versa, and which might instead give rise to a fruitful combination?
In this lecture, Patrick Deneen will envision the prospects for an ennobled aristoi and a more refined populace. He will at once acknowledge the persistence of class and inequality even in a democratic age (denying a path forward lies in a growing sympathy for socialism), but will propose that only a well-formed elite can support a humane condition of the populace, and only a well-formed populace can fruitfully restrain the hubris of a liberal elite and even orient them toward virtue. Through such a mixed regime, practices supporting a common good might emerge, correcting the core weakness of a liberal order designed to forestall such a possibility.
Mar 21 2019
Rank #11: Episode 29 – A Militant Church (7. 24. 17)
Editor Rusty Reno and literary editor Matthew Schmitz talk to associate editor Julia Yost about a recent article in the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica. According to the authors, both of whom are advisers to Pope Francis, American Evangelicals and Catholics are warmongers and apocalyptic cultists bent on establishing a theocratic state. What does the article reveal about American religious conservatives—and about its authors?
Then, Julia reflects on her experience reviewing Louise Milligan’s Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell.
Jul 24 2017
Rank #12: Episode 7 – The Francis Effect? (8. 26. 16)
Aug 26 2016
Rank #13: Episode 11 – American Caesar (9. 23. 16)
Sep 23 2016
Rank #14: Why Go To College? - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.30.20)
Jan 30 2020
Rank #15: Chesterton and Trump - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 6. 19)
Sep 06 2019
Rank #16: Episode 9 – Trigger Warning! (9. 9. 16)
Sep 09 2016
Rank #17: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3. 21. 18) - Inside the Mind of Thomas More
Mar 21 2018
Rank #18: Episode 19 – Therapeutic Culture (12. 13. 16)
Dec 13 2016
Rank #19: The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 11. 19)
Jan 11 2019
Rank #20: Strong Gods and Weak Gods - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.15.19)
Nov 15 2019