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James Tissot's "The Creation"

Engulfed in an epic drama initiated by God's selfless act of creation, humanity emerges in a vast world of realities visible and invisible, playing a central role from the first breath.

Christianity is an historical religion: the Christian religion, like the Jewish faith out of which it sprung and upon which it depends, is necessarily founded on specific historical events. Christianity is neither a merely conceptual framework of abstract principles nor an escape from this world; rather, it is a redemption through time and history. Thus, to be converted in mind to Christianity or, put differently, to begin to see the world anew through the Catholic imaginative vision one must understand this story of redemption.

In the following 33 podcast episodes, the Christian mythic narrative is presented in its entirety: from a God who pre-exists time to the unending destiny of the human race.

Episode 1: Introduction

"The Triumph of Christianity over Paganism," by Gustave Dore

“I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:11-12).

Episode 2: God

"The Empyrean," by Gustave Dore

“I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I gird you, though you do not know me, that men may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:5-6).

Episode 3: Creation of the Spiritual Realm and the Fall of Lucifer

"Michael Casts Out All of the Fallen Angels," by Gustave Dore

“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world…” (Revelation 12:7-9).

Episode 4: Material Creation and the Cosmos

"The Creation of Light," by Gustave Dore

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years… And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also” (Genesis 1:14, 16).

Episode 5: Humanity, Man and Woman

"The Formation of Eve," by Gustave Dore

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it…” (Genesis 1:27-28).

This 33-part podcast series was co-produced with Slaking Thirsts. These episodes (and the entire series in one file) are also available at the Prime Matters YouTube channel and on our podcast channels: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

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Part 2: Fall

Part 2: Fall

Created to be in communion with God, the first parents of the human race choose separation, resulting in a moral and spiritual collapse even as human civilization expands and grows.

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