Faith and Imagination: A BYU Humanities Center Podcast

How do we envision our highest ideals and deepest commitments? How do we name and express our most expansive sense of who we are? The Faith and Imagination podcast explores these questions by conversing with ...more

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June 07, 2021 00:43:34
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Belief and Belonging, with guest Mark Eaton, Azusa Pacific University

Mark Eaton is Professor of American Literature at Azusa Pacific University and also, since 2015, editor of the journal Christianity and Literature, now in its 70th year. Last year, Mark published Religion and American Literature since 1950, a book that shows how prominent American novelists portray America’s evolving religious landscape. We talk about the complexity of religion in modern America, literature’s engagement […] ...

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May 25, 2021 00:45:30
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Wilderness Spirituality, with guest Belden Lane, Saint Louis University

Belden Lane is Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies, American Religion, and History of Spirituality at Saint Louis University. He is the author of several books, most recently two we discuss today that beautifully combine attention to nature, the long tradition of Christian mystical writing, and the rhythms of Lane’s own spiritual life – and ours […] ...

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May 17, 2021 00:42:42
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On Refugia, or Places of Refuge amid Disturbance, with guest Debra Rienstra, Calvin University

Debra Rienstra is Professor of English at Calvin University, where she teaches early modern British Literature and creative writing. She is the author of several books and is a respected voice on various aspects of Christian life. Presently she is developing a project, and hosts a podcast, associated with refugia, which are places of environmental, […] ...

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May 10, 2021 00:45:25
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Shusaku Endo’s Christ of Silence and Suffering, with guest Van Gessel, Brigham Young University

Van Gessel is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature at Brigham Young University, where he also served as dean of the College of Humanities. He is a distinguished scholar of Japanese literature, including of the Japanese Catholic writer Shusaku Endo, six of whose novels (and two short story collections) Van has also translated. Endo writes hauntingly […] ...

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April 26, 2021 00:48:23
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Faith, Serious Illness, and the Virtual Body of Christ, with guest Deanna Thompson, St. Olaf College

Deanna Thompson is Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she also serves as Inaugural Director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community. A distinguished Christian theologian, she has written powerfully in recent years about her experience of living with cancer – the […] ...

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April 19, 2021 00:39:18
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A Conversation about Literature and Religion, with guest Romana Huk, Notre Dame University

Romana Huk teaches in the English Department at the University of Notre Dame, where she also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Religion and Literature, a prominent journal in literary studies. A former guest of the BYU Humanities Center, she spoke on this episode of the Faith and Imagination podcast about her experience teaching at […] ...

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