Episode 80

Randall B. Smith


January 26th, 2024

41 mins 31 secs

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About this Episode

Randall B. Smith returns to the studio to discuss his book, "From Here to Eternity: Reflections on Death, Immortality, and the Resurrection of the Body." We chat about how the incarnation of Jesus instituted a radical new way of understanding the universal experience of death.

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  • Randall Smith's professional homepage — Randall Smith is a Full Professor with tenure at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies and Philosophy and an M.M.S. from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an M.A. in Theology from the University of Dallas. His interests include Moral Theology, Patristic and Medieval Theology, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Faith and Culture, Theology and Science.
  • Book: From Here to Eternity: Reflections on Death, Immortality, and the Resurrection of the Body — Throughout history and across cultures, people have shared the hope and the belief that somehow something about the human person survives death. Indeed, it seems that without a notion of life-after-death, this life would seem meaningless. If, in the end, everything we have strived for and all our love comes to naught and is simply swallowed up by nothingness, then what was the point of it all? In From Here to Eternity, Randall Smith shows how the Christian doctrines regarding the resurrection of the body and the communion of saints provide an understanding of life after death as a meaningful fulfillment of this life, not a negation of it.
  • Ethics & Culture Cast episode 9: Randall B. Smith on Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas (01/25/18)
  • Theme song: "I Dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque