March 27, 2015 – The Afterlife

My guest on this program is Baylor University professor Greg Garrett. He teaches classes in fiction and screenwriting, literature, film and popular culture, and theology. He is the author or co-author of three dozen short stories, a dozen scholarly articles, and twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Dr. Garrett is also Residential Scholar at Gladstone’s Library in Wales and a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church. We’ll be talking on this show about his most recent book, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination, which explores answers to the question, “What lies in store for us after we die?”

Greg Garrett’s Amazon page

February 27, 2015 – The Devil Wins

My guest on this program is Dallas Denery, Associate Professor at Bowdoin College, and author most recently of The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment. The question “Is it ever acceptable to lie?” plays an important role in the story of Europe’s transition from medieval to modern society, and we are all the inheritors Continue reading

August 30, 2013 – “The Devil Within” with Brian Levack

On this show we talk with Brian Levack, the John E. Green Regents Professor in History at the University of Texas, Austin. His recent book is The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West. From Amazon: “In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation, thousands of Europeans were thought to be possessed by demons. In response to their horrifying symptoms—violent convulsions Continue reading

June 22, 2012 – History of God, Satan & Early Christianity

My guest on the next edition of “Consider This” is Eric Thompson, Ph.D. He is a professor of religious studies at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he teaches such courses as the History of God, History of Satan, Introduction to Religious Studies, Early Christian Literature, The Hebrew Bible, & Comparative Mythology. He can read many ancient, “dead” languages (no longer spoken by any communities), such as Ancient Greek, Ancient Hebrew, & Aramaic. This means he can read all the Jewish and Christian Scriptures in their original languages, and he is also competent in several other dead languages, as well as German & French, and he is working on Arabic. Recommended reading list below. Continue reading