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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Carol Delaney: Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem on Religion For Life, March 29 through April 1

Cultural anthropologist, Carol Delaney, returns to Religion For Life to discuss her latest book, Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem. We know the children's rhyme: "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue." But why? Because he wanted to find gold in order to start a crusade to conquer Jerusalem for the Christians so that Christ would return. Professor Delaney takes us into the medieval mindset and helps us understand Columbus in his time and place. I discussed her book in a recent sermon and you can hear her provocative thesis on Religion For Life.


Listen via livestream...

Thursday, March 29th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 1st, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 1st, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 2nd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning April 3rd.


  1. I never know whether these notices are for interviews you have already done, or are yet to come.

    If the latter, it seems notable that this thesis, though probably out of mind for some time, is not an entirely obscure one. Morrison's "Admiral of the Ocean Sea," by far the most popular American treatment of Columbus' life in the latter half of the 20th century, makes more than one reference to Columbus' desire to finance the re-taking of the Holy Sepulcher out of his voyages. But Morrison, though largely an admirer of Columbus, also recognizes that Columbus was more immediately motivated by a desire for fame, for office, for wealth, and to ennoble his family.

    Felipe Fernandez-Armesto has argued that Columbus' more overt religiousity really dates from the time of his later voyages, when his failures to reach China, or make the voyages paying propositions, were beginning to jeopardize his standing at Court. Again, the crusading impulse is an important one to keep in view, but it coincided, and was not apart from his more mercenary interests, and arguably became a more prominent justification when the promised gold of the Indies failed to materialize.

  2. The broadcast schedule is at the bottom of the post. Podcasts are available here/. This particular show will be available April 3rd via podcast.