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Season 1, Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 11: Marcus, Stoicism, and Christianity

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In this episode of Christianity and Classical Culture, Dr. Fleming discusses Marcus Aurelius, his life and times, and his adaptation of Greek Stoicism to the Roman mindset. We examine areas of agreement…and disagreement with Christian teaching. Dr. Fleming also explains why Marcus didn’t take Christianity very seriously as a religion, movement, or belief system. Original Air Date: April 4, 2017 Show Run Time: 52 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All rights are reserved and any duplication without explicit written permission is forbidden.

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Season 1, Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 10: Odysseus and Ethics

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In this first podcast of 2017, Dr. Fleming explores the notion of “ethics” within the constructs of the Odyssey and within the character of Odysseus himself. Can a liar and someone unfaithful to his wife be seen to be ethical? What are ethics in the ancient world? And how do they relate to Christianity? Original Air Date: February 4, 2017 Show Run Time: 52 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All rights are reserved and any duplication without explicit written permission is forbidden.

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 9: Oresteia Part II

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In this second part of a two part mini series on the Oresteia, Dr. Fleming explores themes and characters in the second and third plays in the cycle, the Libation Bearers and the Eumenides. He examines the role of fate in what Orestes does, the horror of blood guilt in relation to justice, how Athena tames the Furies eventually, and how she began this process using the conceit of a legal proceeding, in a courtroom. Original Air Date: December 17, 2016 Show Run Time: 52 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a...

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 8: Oresteia Part I

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In this episode of Christianity and Classical Culture, Dr. Fleming examines one of the masterpieces of Greek tragedy: the Oresteia. Before taking a close look at all three plays, Dr. Fleming begins by discussing Aeschylus himself, the historical and political circumstances in which this play was written and delivered, the idea of these plays as “liturgical,” and the position that this is perhaps the best of what the classical world could offer in terms of pre-Christian morality. This is part 1 of a 2 part mini series and offers an introduction and a discussion of the first play, Agamemnon. Original...

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 7: Seneca and Stoicism Part II

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In this second part of a two part mini-series on Seneca and Stoicism, Dr. Fleming takes a closer look at five letters from the first volume of Moral Letters to Lucillius. Feel free to reference the following letters during our discussion today: On Saving Time On the Philosopher’s Mean On Quibbling as Unworthy of the Philosopher On the Reasons from Withdrawing from the World On Philosophy and Friendship We examine threads that very much mirror a development in moral thinking as “revolutionary” as the New Testament’s completion of the admonitions and philosophy of the Old Testament. Original Air Date: October...

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 6: Seneca and Stoicism Part I

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In this first part of a two part mini-series on Seneca and Stoicism, Dr. Fleming explores the themes of Stoicism and how it fits with the disjunction between Roman moral philosophy and pagan behaviors. We also explore the thinking of Marcus Aurelius and how we can understand his existence in contrast with Caligula and Nero. Original Air Date: September 30, 2016 Show Run Time: 41 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2016. All rights are reserved and any duplication without explicit written permission is forbidden.

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 5: Sophocles Part II

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In this episode of Christianity and Classical Culture, we continue a discussion of Sophocles that started with Oedipus Rex. We continue by discussing both Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone in depth. Dr. Fleming knows these plays very well and it is a real treat to listen to his discussion of the various threads within these plays and the interpretation of them both in their time and in ours. Original Air Date: May 8, 2016 Show Run Time: 1 hour 8 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production of the...

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 4: Sophocles Part I

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This month our exploration into the links between Christianity and Classical culture take us into the world of Greek tragedy, specifically the world of Sophocles. Dr. Thomas Fleming explains how Greek tragedy was delivered and acted, how it was composed, and how the seven plays we do have of Sophocles may have managed to survive for 2,500 years. In the second half of the episode we explore Oedipus Rex, the first in the cycle of the Theban plays. How do the Greeks view this tension between free will and divine foreknowledge? How can we compare the Greek view to the...

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 3: Is Christianity Simply One of The “Great Monotheistic Religions”?

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What do we mean when we say “the great monotheistic religions”? Can we even grant the premise of the question? How can we reconcile admiration for classical culture, which was polytheistic, with the practice of Christianity, which is monotheistic? How did the early Christian fathers, including St. Augustine and Tertullian, examine this tension between Athens and Jerusalem? Can we argue that the timing of the Incarnation allowed for the Church to derive maximum benefit from Roman law and government and Greek philosophy? Dr. Thomas Fleming and host Stephen Heiner examine these and many other questions on this month’s episode. Original...

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 2: Immigration

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What is the Christian Tradition regarding immigration? How is that tradition related to the way the ancients saw this issue? What’s a responsible and realistic way to examine this important issue in today’s postmodern soup? Dr. Fleming takes on this timeless issue which is on the minds of many, not just in America, but in Europe as well. Original Air Date: January 12, 2016 Show Run Time: 47 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2016. All Rights are Reserved.