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MiniEP001 A Delightful Little Jaunt Through Hell

From Dante Alighieri’s Inferno:


Everyman Edition, p 68.


Edition Reviewed

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy


Links of Interest

Gene Veith’s Major Christian Authors book list

Gene Veith on why the evil guy is more interesting than the good one

Wikipedia on the Inferno


EP010 Neil Gaiman “The Graveyard Book”

The horse paused beside the obelisk. In the east the sky was lightening gently, a pearlish, pre-dawn luminescence that made the people of the graveyard uncomfortable and made them think about returning to their comfortable homes. Even so, not a one of them moved. They were watching the Lady on the Grey, each of them half-excited, half-scared. The dead are not superstitious, not as a rule, but they watched her as a Roman Augur might have watched the sacred crows circle, seeking wisdom, seeking a clue.

And she spoke to them.

In a voice like the chiming of a hundred tiny silver bells she said only, “The dead should have charity.” And she smiled.

. . .

Mother Slaughter and Josiah Worthington, Bart., accompanied Mr. Owens to the crypt of the old chapel, and they told Mrs. Owens the news.

She seemed unsurprised by the miracle. “That’s right,” she said, “Some of them dun’t have a ha’porth of sense in their heads. But she does. Of course she does.”

Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins, 2008), 30, 31.


Edition Reviewed

Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book


Links of Interest

Gaiman’s Website about himself and his writing

His Journal

EP009 LiesSpeakingTruth

Gaiman talks about Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman, again on Graveyard Book

Bela Fleck and Ben Sollee performing Danse Macabre 

Next Episode

H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds

A Worldview Diagnostic Sheet

In the episode on The Jungle Book and the upcoming episode on the Graveyard Book, we make mention of a worldview diagnostic spreadsheet. We received permission from the publisher to post this on the website for our listeners to follow along with us. It will help you diagnose and think about worldview as you read, and help you to follow along in the podcasts.

A couple of comments though: It will still be helpful to read the book. All we have included in the sheet are quotes from the book. It will be hard to understand these quotes without the context. Secondly, please do not share this beyond your own usage. We have been given only a one-time usage to listeners of the podcast. Thirdly, if you still need to purchase the book, click here for the edition we used for the spreadsheet, or click here for the lastest edition.

We hope you enjoy it. We’ll be using it in more of our posts. If you have any questions:

Click here for the download: Worldview Diagnostic Spreadsheet

EP009 Ruyard Kipling “The Jungle Book” and “The Second Jungle Book”

‘Ay, roar well,’ said Bagheera, under his whiskers; ‘for the time comes when this naked thing will make thee roar to another tune, or I know nothing of Man.’

‘It was well done,’ said Akela. ‘Men and their cubs are very wise. He may be a help in time.’

‘Truly, a help in time of need; for none can hope to lead the Pack for ever,’ said Bagheera.

Akela said nothing. He was thinking of the time that comes to every leader of every pack when his strength goes from him and he gets feebler and feebler, till at last he is killed by the wolves and a new leader comes up—to be killed in his turn.

‘Take him away,’ he said to Father Wolf, ‘and train him as befits one of the Free People.’

And that is how Mowgli was entered into the Seeonee Wolf-Pack at the price of a bull and on Baloo’s good word.


Edition Reviewed

Everyman Edition of The Jungle Book

The Second Jungle Book in Digital Form


Links of Interest

Wikipedia on the Book

Notes from Neil Gaiman


Next Episode

Neil Gaiman, Graveyard Book

EP007 Daniel Defoe, “Robinson Crusoe”

Before Wilson’s smile graced the big screen, there were stories of men lost to battle the forces of nature with very little but their wits. Daniel Defoe wrote one of these stories, Robinson Crusoe. Now, Robinson Crusoe certainly wasn’t alone with nothing but his wits. He had many things which he found and which he was able to use. But one of the most intriguing factors of Defoe’s book is something Wilson (and his lost companion) never really mentioned—Providence. Crusoe believed his purpose on his island, as he came to call it, was superseded by a greater purpose. That Providence had a hand in it all. And yet at the same time, his success on the island was at the same time the result of his own labor, his pulling himself up. Come join us as we talk about this tension in Daniel Defoe’s book, Robinson Crusoe.

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Edition Reviewed:

Robinson Crusoe

Links of Interest:

James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door

Gene E. Veith, Reading Between the Lines

Wikipedia on Robinson Crusoe

The Movie (1997)

An Older Movie (1954)

Free Online Version

Alister McGrath, Luther’s Theology of the Cross: Martin Luther’s Theological Breakthrough

Gerhard Forde, On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, 1518 (Theology)

Oswald Bayer, Martin Luther’s Theology: A Contemporary Interpretation

Next Review:

Stephen R. Lawhead, The Skin Map

EP005 Dean Koontz “77 Shadow Street”

In a world obsessed with healthcare, we often struggle with the limits of technology and health. Is it ethically right to advance ourselves through technology? Can we use technology to make ourselves more than human? Can we become posthuman? As a culture, we are obsessed with technology, especially when technology goes awry. Dean Koontz explores the philosophical movement of posthumanism through the use of a horror-house story, 77 Shadow Street.

If you’re planning to purchase the book, please use the links below to support Lies Speaking Truth.

Edition Reviewed:

77 Shadow Street

Links of Interest:
the Wikipedia link is really vague and largely unhelpful
This guy from Oxford seems to have a bit written on the subject: (Medical ethics) (on recording of the soul)

Other Books of Interest:

From Human to Posthuman

Culture of Death

Our Next Review:

George R. R. Martin Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire

EP003 George Orwell “1984”

“Big Brother is always watching.” In the book 1984, George Orwell paints a horrifying picture of socialism gone awry. In a few ways Orwell’s warning still rings true. But does it still have the same punch it had in 1949? Does it still warn us of a possible future? Come with us on this episode as we examine and reflect on the future—the year 1984.

Edition Reviewed:


Links of Interest:

Wikipedia on 1984

Free Online Edition of the 1984, though I’m not sure if it’s legit or not.

Tractatus Logico Theologicus 4 edition (John Warwick Montgomery)

Our Next Review: Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero

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EP002 Suzanne Collins “The Hunger Games”

Our first episode discussed the consequences of no authority. In this episode, we explore the consequences of abusive authority. What happens when the authority becomes the enemy? The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins tells the story of an authority that will go to any length to maintain its authority.

At the same time, another prominent theme in the book revolves around our entertainment and to what degree our entertainment affects us. Where do we draw the line between entertainment and murder, or abuse?

Edition Reviewed:

The Hunger Games

Links of Note:

The Official Site of Hunger Games, the Movie

The Official Website of the Series

Our Next Review: George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

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