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On Translation, Performance, and the Epic

It’s Epic

From their show description:

We explore the beauty of language, classic and contemporary with Dr. Stanley Lombardo, a translator of classics like the Illiad and Aeneid. Listen even if classic Latin and Greek epics aren’t familiar to you. If nothing else, listen for the first twenty minutes to hear Dr. Lombardo recite poetry in classical Greek. The sound itself will demonstrate the importance of our topic. Topics include the art of translation, Homeric legends, Virgil, Zen Buddhism, and poetry in general. B-Sides are in depth discussions with professors and professionals about the beauty and importance of their callings.

There are many helpful insights on translation and applicable to those of us whose vocation is preaching and teaching the Scriptures.

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

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week

Thanks to the Brothers for picking us as their media pick of the week!

Steadfast Lutherans » Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — A Fledgling Podcast.

A Fledgling Podcast

This week’s pick is a little bit of a change-up. It’s the latest episode from a young (7 episodes) podcast called Lies Speaking Truth which analyzes the quality and worldview of classic and modern works of fiction. Pastors Roy Askins and Christopher Gillespie use Dr. Gene Veith’s “Reading Between the Lines” and James Sire’s “The Universe Next Door” as the frameworks. In this specific episode, “Robinson Crusoe” is critiqued.

The analysis starts with a discussion of the main character’s worldview which appears to be a Christian Theism transitioning to Deism. What I found most interesting was the connection that the Deistic worldview leads to a moral relativism we typically think of as post-modernism. Also interesting was the discussion of the character’s transition from a monasticism and enthusiasm where he saw God under every rock to a Theology of Glory where he saw God’s hand in his suffering.

It’s a unique and interesting podcast and I hope you’ll support and encourage the pastors. Check out some other episodes as well which include discussions of “Game of Thrones,” “The Hunger Games,” and “1984.”

George Orwell and Christopher Hitchens

In a recent episode of Issues Etc. (The Legacy of Atheist Christopher Hitchens), Douglas Wilson mentioned that George Orwell was the hero of Christopher Hitchens. Christopher Hitchens, the renowned atheist who died last week, is described in the episode as a “born contrarian.” This might explain some of the questions from our recent podcast (EP003 George Orwell “1984”). Hitchens held uncommon positions for atheists, including being pro-life and supporting the conflict in Iraq. He did not care for what Orwell called “smelly little orthodoxies,” that is, positions and beliefs held for non-intellectual reasons. Instead, he followed Orwell as a freethinker and “born contrarian.”

Hitchens wrote a book in honor of his hero: Why Orwell Matters. In 1992, Hitchens was interview on the BBC regarding this book. One of the helpful comments from Hitchens regards the use of this book by a socialist (Orwell) in an anti-socialist context:

Christopher Hitchens on George Orwell – George Orwell Links:

Andrew Marr Can writers have anything like the same impact now because, I mean, you were saying earlier on, of course Orwell was in his lifetime limited to certain relatively small publications, couldn’t get his books out, all that kind of stuff. Never the less, partly because of the cold war, he was given an enormous boost, he was driven into every classroom in the western world and he was, you know, Penguin were producing vast, vast quantities. When it comes to political argument, of the kind you do now, most of it is really at the edges now, it’s small magazines, it’s groups of devotees in different countries who read small publication, books and so on. Do you think that, in the age of television, in the age of all this stuff, that the individual, the independent writer can still have a decisive influence anywhere?

Christopher Hitchens Well, I think it’s more than a pious hope, yes, I think that it’s surprising how in moments of crisis, which will recur, have occurred recently, people suddenly feel they wouldn’t mind reading someone who took things seriously. His sales always go up at such times as do the sales of people Alexander Solzhenitsyn and others who’ve sort of witnessed for historic truth and so on. There aren’t very many of them at the moment no. By the way, I didn’t want you, you made a very good point, about the way that he was sort of forced into the schoolroom. Partly what I’ve tried to do in this book is to rescue him from the sort of goody-goody plaster saint image that’s been imposed on him. He was always a figure of controversy and he didn’t want, he would never have dreamt he’d be given as a good example to schoolchildren, it would have been a revolting idea. And that all depends on using a certain cannon of his, a very limited one, 1984 and Animal Farm as cold war parodies or parables. That’s, he would have seen that was propagandistic in itself, and indeed, gave very strong instructions on his death bed that, that’s not how the books were to be read.