In this standalone interview, Steven DeLay, Oxford PhD and Wipf and Stock author, talks Kierkegaard, phenomenology, philosophy for Protestants, and the relationship between theology and fiction.
Steven DeLay is a philosopher and writer living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. An Old Member of Christ Church, Oxford and a Fellow of Ambrose College, Woolf University, he is the author of Faint Not: Twelve Brief Meditations on the Word of God (2022), In the Spirit: A Phenomenology of Faith (2021), Before God: Exercises in Subjectivity (2020), and Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction (2019). His works of fiction include Elijah Newman Died Today: A Novella (2023) and Everything (2022). He is the editor of Life Above the Clouds: Philosophy in the Films of Terrence Malick (2023), and also the editor of the forthcoming Finding Meaning: Philosophy in Crisis based on the online series of essays “Finding Meaning” at Richard Marshall’s 3:16 AM.
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(01:28) – Decaf coffee, black coffee
(04:14) – Favorite books of 2022
(07:09) – Rice University – Oxford University
(09:43) – A conversion via Kierkegaard
(12:35) – Literature – philosophy – phenomenology – theology
(16:52) – Barth, Bultmann, and Rudolf Otto
(18:46) – Why should Christians read philosophy?
(23:05) – The merits of reading atheists and agnostics
(29:13) – Heidegger, onto-theology, and negative theology
(32:45) – Phenomenology a Catholic science?
(39:38) – Philosophy for Protestants
(41:30) – The GOAT of phenomenology
(44:16) – The hermeneutical critique of phenomenology
(47:41) – Desert island: phenomenology books
(49:38) – Philosophy and fiction
(59:31) – Steven’s forthcoming work