Justin and Stephen discuss the sting of death (before we knew about Chadwick Boseman’s passing) and hardness of heart in the Church. Michial Farmer joins to discuss the purpose of higher education and describes his journey of evaluating why he was a professor. He shares the unique possibilities he sees at the intersections of the Humanities and Christian Higher Education. The three profs ask where there might be a different way forward. Michial highlights the importance of seeing things as they are, and loving them for what they are. They consider the need for ethical reasoning, and Michial describes the process of his career change.

After we recorded, Michial published an article on Christianity and the Liberal Arts entitled Much Higher Education. We have plenty of show notes for you at profsinrooms.com or find bonus material on Patreon!

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Resources from this episode:

Michial’s article: Two Forms of Despair

Michial’s article: The Uses of Nostalgia

Christian Humanist Radio Network

John Mark Reynolds St Constantine School

Zena Hitz

Front Porch Republic

Philip Sidney’s The Defense of Poecy

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot

Joy Kogawa’s Obasan

Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Esperanza Rising

Thomas Friedman’s Thank you for Being Late

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together

Judith Guest’s Ordinary People

T.S. Eliot’s Preludes

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