MARS HILL AUDIO Anthology 9

The Worth of Words: Preserving and Caring for Language

In this Anthology, Ken Myers speaks with guests John McWhorter, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, and Craig Gay about our world's linguistic ailments. They recognize the power of language to enrich our relationship with God, with each other, and with all of Creation and suggest habits rooted in recognition of the glorious possibilities of words lovingly and thoughtfully employed. 65 minutes.

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    Introduction by MARS HILL AUDIO Journal host Ken Myers, and interview with John McWhorter about the themes raised in his book Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care (Gotham Books, 2003). McWhorter argues that American linguistic conventions have embraced a globally unprecedented aversion to formality, in large measure due to the suspicion of authority that blossomed in the mid-1960s.
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    Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, author of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies (Eerdmans, 2009), discusses how the Church can be linguistically countercultural, encouraging an ecology of rich conversation and thoughtful use of language.
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    Craig Gay, author of Dialogue, Catalogue, & Monologue: Personal, Impersonal & Depersonalizing Ways to Use Words (Regent College, 2008), argues that language should not be understood only as a way of “getting things done,” but must be seen as the means by which human identity and agency are enabled.