Rank #1: The Theological Roots of Foreign Policy, Presented by Michael Doran
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 31. 18) - Modernism and the Control of Nature
Rank #4: Raising Kids In A Digital Age featuring Mark Bauerlein on Relevant Radio
Rank #5: Episode 12 – A Catholic Spring? (10. 14. 16)
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #7: 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.
Rank #8: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (6. 29. 18) - Reno’s Books
Rank #9: Aquinas for Evangelicals – Conversations with Mark Bauerlein
Rank #10: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 14. 18) - Renewal in Catholic Schools
Rank #11: Can the Religious Right Be Saved? Presented by Russell D. Moore
Rank #12: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 30. 18) – Three American Poets
Rank #13: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12. 7. 17) – Failure of Fatherhood
Rank #14: Episode 19 – Therapeutic Culture (12. 13. 16)
Rank #15: The Idol of Our Age - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 25. 19)
Rank #16: From the Print Edition: “The Myth of Scientific Objectivity,” by William A. Wilson (November 2017)
Read the text version here: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2017/11/the-myth-of-scientific-objectivity
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Rank #17: Episode 21 – Silence & Sherlock (1. 13. 17)
Associate editor Julia Yost talks with assistant editor Alexi Sargeant about Silence—the 1966 novel by Shusako Endo, newly adapted as a film by Martin Scorsese. Is the film better than the book? Will it win all the Oscars? Will it convert you to Death of God Theology?
Then, Leah Libresco joins for a discussion of Sherlock, the BBC’s update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Great Detective, returning now for its fourth season. Is the series better or worse now than when it began? Is an iPhone cooler than a pocketwatch? Is Sherlock an addict, or isn’t he? What’s up with the fandom? And what do we want to see in the season finale?
Rank #18: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 4. 18) - The Dangers of Economism
Rank #19: 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.