Warning: this episode touches on some very difficult topics, including both death in general and suicide in particular. If these are especially sensitive topics for you, we recommend you skip this episode. Maybe go back and listen to Superhero Movies! instead.
In which we talk about The Collection’s new album, Ars Moriendi (“The Art of Dying”). We cover the musicality of the album itself, then dive into the way it wrestles with hard topics in a faithfully Christian way without either succumbing to despair or giving into the lure of trite and reductionistic answers. We talk about what good art is and does and how utilitarianism is a fundamental misstep in the making of good art, and we note that culture at large and evangelical subculture could do with a great deal more of this sort of thoughtful reflection on death.
- Intro (“The Gown of Green”) (0:30–3:09)
- This Is An Orchestra (3:09–12:03)
- “Broken Tether” (12:03–13:47)
- Those Lyrics (13:47–20:48)
- You Have to Go Through Death (20:48–28:33)
- Conclusion (28:33–29:48)
- Instrumental Break (29:48–30:01)
- “The Gown of Green” and “Broken Tether” from Ars Moriendi by The Collection: used by permission.
- “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho: used because while it’s not as wonderful as Ars Moriendi, it was written just for the show.
- Ars Moriendi on Bandcamp. Seriously, why haven’t you gone and bought this album yet?
- Episode 0.06 – Romans: The Movie, in which Chris and Stephen talked at length about the question of good art.