The Bearable Lightness of the Middle Ages (Full Lecture)

From crazy atheists to equally crazy fundamentalists, many have proclaimed the Medieval period as “dark and superstitious.”  They are either ignorant or evil (or, maybe both).  This lecture, viewed through the lens of Romano Guardini’s thought on unity,… Read More

Intro to the Medieval World (Full Lecture)

Still booking through western civilization–but on schedule, amazingly enough.  Here is the first lecture on the Medieval period.  Or, perhaps more accurately, why you should never call the Middle Ages, “dark.”  Here’s hoping you agree.  

St. Augustine’s CITY OF GOD (Full Lecture)


Intro to Latin Patristics (Full Lecture)

Universalism and the Early Christian Church (Full Lecture)

This morning’s western heritage lecture–an examination of Christianity as the first serious religion (and philosophy) to promote the dignity of the human person regardless of the accidents of one’s birth.  An astounding achievement, frankly. Here’s hoping you enjoy…. Read More

Lecture: What Has Athens to do with Jerusalem

Getting back on schedule after a week of travel. . . Western Heritage lecture on St. John, Clement, and Tertullian.  Enjoy!

Western Heritage Lecture 15: The Roman Republic

Amazingly, already at lecture 15–the foundation and evolution of the Roman Republic.

Epicureanism and Stoicism:Western Heritage Lecture 14

Four great philosophies emerged from the Hellenistic world: hedonism, cynicism, Epicureanism, and Stoicism.  The last two, especially, have shaped the entire course of western civilization.

Aristotle and Alexander: Western Heritage Lecture 13

If you’re looking for Lecture 12, my sincere apologies–I had a messup with the recorder.  So, sadly, it only recorded about 3 seconds of the lecture.  I’d post it, but it’s kind of a boring 3 seconds.  Here’s… Read More

Socratic Ethics and Platonic Democracy

Lecture 10 of Western Heritage: Socrates on Ethics and Plato on Democracy.

Western Heritage Lecture 8: Introducing Socrates

I needed to devote the first 22 or so minutes of class to “how to write a liberal arts essay,” so the actual lecture on Socrates is very short.  My apologies.  You might want to skip ahead 20… Read More

Lecture 7: The Origins of Greek Philosophy

Here’s one of my favorite topics–whether I do justice to it or not is another question–the origins of Greek philosophy.  Fire, air, water, soil, cycles, repetition, the One, the Many . . .