Volume 35

Guests on Volume 35: Jill Paton Walsh, on completing Dorothy Sayers’s unfinished novel, Thrones, Dominations; James Como, on the rhetorical skills of C. S. Lewis; Walter Hooper, on his first meeting with C. S. Lewis; Victor Davis Hanson, on how Greek convictions shaped Western institutions; Robert C. Roberts, on Christian psychology and the definition of human personality; David Gill, on Jacques Ellul's The Presence of the Kingdom; Ted Smith, III, on Richard Weaver's Ideas Have Consequences; and Ken Myers, on Christmas Music.

Part 1

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    Jill Paton Walsh on completing Dorothy Sayers's unfinished novel, Thrones, Dominations

    Thrones, Dominations (St. Martin's Press, 1998)

    Jill Paton Walsh, co-author with the late Dorothy L. Sayers of Thrones, Dominations, discusses her completion of the lost mystery novel begun by Sayers and the way in which she was chosen to complete the manuscript.

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    James Como on the rhetorical skills of C. S. Lewis

    Branches to Heaven: The Geniuses of C. S. Lewis (Spence Publishing Company, 1998)

    James Como, author of Branches to Heaven, discusses the importance of analogy and organization in the world of C.S. Lewis, placing Lewis's excellence as a rhetorician in the larger context of his life. He also discusses the many writers who influenced not only Lewis's understanding of the life of the mind but also his understanding of religious themes.

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    Walter Hooper on his first meeting with C. S. Lewis

    C.S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide (Harper, 1996)

    Walter Hooper, the executor of the C.S. Lewis literary estate, relates the story of his first meeting with C.S. Lewis in Oxford in 1963. Hooper's role as Lewis's literary agent grew out of this initial visit.

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    Victor Davis Hanson on how Greek convictions shaped Western institutions

    Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (The Free Press, 1998)

    Victor Davis Hanson, co-author of Who Killed Homer?, discusses the role of the culture of the Greeks in America. The ironic state of the modern world, according to Hanson, is that the modern world enjoys the fruits of the Greek worldview while scorning the Greeks. A Greek political philosophy, according to Hanson, had not material wealth as its end but rather the establishment of a polis where men could live together in virtuous harmony.

Part 2

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    Robert C. Roberts on Christian psychology and the definition of human personality

    Limning the Psyche: Explorations in Christian Psychology (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997)

    Robert C. Roberts and Mark Talbot, co-authors of Limning the Psyche: Explorations in Christian Psychology, discuss their understanding of the integration of Christianity and psychology. Many psychologists, according to Roberts and Talbot, can hide subjective presuppositions behind the aegis of scientific objectivity. Roberts and Talbot support a grounding in the pastoral theology of the Christian tradition as a natural corrective to this myopia, and advise pastors on how to be more effective in this area.

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    David Gill on Jacques Ellul's The Presence of the Kingdom

    The Presence of the Kingdom (Helmers & Howard Publishing, 1989)

    David Gill discusses the writings of French thinker Jacques Ellul, the author of the classic work The Presence of the Kingdom. Gill gives a brief Ellulian critique of modern culture and speaks on Ellul's thoughts on Biblical studies, sociology, and communications.

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    Ted Smith, III on Richard Weaver's Ideas Have Consequences

    Steps toward Restoration: The Consequences of Richard Weaver's Ideas (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1998)

    Ted Smith, III, discusses the work of Richard Weaver, author of the classic Ideas Have Consequences. He describes the genesis of Weaver's thoughts during World War II.

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    Ken Myers on Christmas Music

    Emma Kirkby was born in 1949

    Host Ken Myers mentions a number of recordings of Christmas Music to facilitate celebration of the birth of Christ. The selections include music by: the Cambridge singers, the Taverner Consort, Emma Kirkby, and the Elizabethan Singers.