A rumpled literature professor and a dowdy armchair theologian connect across the miles from Alabama to Indiana to talk faith, family life, culture, philosophy, theology, literature, movies, cooking, and more.
Doug and Caren talk through some of the ways a utilitarian outlook has affected our public policy, churches, educational institutions, our work, and even family lives. Dostoevsky provides the epigraph and starting point for a discussion ranging over Princeton philosopher Peter Singer’s problematic bioethics and ways to recover our sense of intrinsic value from a Catholic perspective.
Doug and Caren talk about stuff and clutter, how it hinders our daily life and work, and ways to reorder our relationship to things. Our starting point is Thoreau’s Walden, the great experiment in testing the essentials. We touch on some popular methods of decluttering, but go a bit deeper into recovering the presence of things, following Walker Percy, and the sacramental significance of order in our lives.
A good edition of Thoreau’s Walden with a useful introduction and annotations.
Doug and Caren talk about the wonderful, albeit terrifying, position of midlife (49 and holding). We examine what creates the illusion of exhausted possibilities and how one can get going again, recover from atrophy, and live more deeply. Emily Dickinson’s “I Dwell in Possibility” provides our starting point for looking to live poetry rather than prose, and we touch on other writers and saints along the way.
Read Emily Dickinson’s “I Dwell in Possibility” here at the Poetry Foundation.
UVA has a reliable e-text of Henry David Thoreau’s Waldenhere (more from HDT next episode).
Frances de Sales’ spiritual classic Introduction to the Devout Life can be found here.
Our music is from Mobile’s own master string-player and Catholic high-school teacher Phil Proctor.
This week, we have a short episode introducing ourselves and the podcast to get you familiarized with our virtual kitchen and feeling at home. We’ll have a full episode up on Tuesday (and every Tuesday thereafter).