Socrates in the City

Socrates in the City Socrates in the City sponsors events that showcase the secular and Christian thinkers of our time on the subjects of “life, God, and other small topics.”
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The Greek philosopher, Socrates, famously said, "the unexamined life is not worth living." Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas founded Socrates in the City to encourage busy professionals to attend forums and think actively about life’s bigger questions while enjoying a thought-provoking and fun evening among like-minded seekers. Past speakers have included luminaries such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, N.T. Wright, Baroness Caroline Cox Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, and George Weigel, all among other thoughtful writers, scientists, theologians, philosophers, political leaders, and historians. No question is too big—in fact, the bigger the better. These events are both serious and entertaining—because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life's biggest questions shouldn't be exciting and even fun.

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From the Socrates in the City archives: Former British Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken talks about his personal encount...
06/19/2020

From the Socrates in the City archives: Former British Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken talks about his personal encounter with ruin as he examines the ideas of "Ruin, Rehabilitation, and Redemption" in the lives of Richard Nixon and Charles Colson, in this 2004 event hosted by Eric Metaxas

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From the archives: William Hurlbut explores how dramatic advances in molecular biology and human biology have resulted i...
05/30/2020
Socrates in the City

From the archives: William Hurlbut explores how dramatic advances in molecular biology and human biology have resulted in inquiry that raises questions about the relationship between the material form and the moral meaning of developing life, proposing a way forward in this remarkably still-relevant lecture.

Socrates in the City is the acclaimed series of conversations on “life, God, and other small topics,” hosted by Eric Metaxas. Starting with the philosopher Socrates’s famous words that “the unexamined life is not worth living,” Metaxas thought it would be valuable to create a forum that mi...

From the archives: Former California Poet laureate and Chairman of the NEA Dana Gioia diffuses the widely-held notion th...
05/14/2020
Socrates in the City

From the archives: Former California Poet laureate and Chairman of the NEA Dana Gioia diffuses the widely-held notion that poetry is a sophisticated, intellectual art for the elite. Mr. Gioia offers a personal and accessible look at how art does something for us that nothing else will do, and how poetry is a human universal, “a way of remembering those things it would impoverish us to forget," with host Eric Metaxas.

Socrates in the City is the acclaimed series of conversations on “life, God, and other small topics,” hosted by Eric Metaxas. Starting with the philosopher Socrates’s famous words that “the unexamined life is not worth living,” Metaxas thought it would be valuable to create a forum that mi...

From the archives: political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain examines the origins and meanings of “sovereignty” as it r...
04/17/2020

From the archives: political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain examines the origins and meanings of “sovereignty” as it relates to all the ways we attempt to explain our world: God, state, and self. This 2010 lecture is hosted by Eric Metaxas https://player.fm/series/socrates-in-the-city

From the archives: Boston College Professor of Philosophy Peter Kreeft explores the ages-old question of "Why?" from a p...
04/10/2020
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From the archives: Boston College Professor of Philosophy Peter Kreeft explores the ages-old question of "Why?" from a philosophical perspective, touching on themes from his book, MAKING SENSE OUT OF SUFFERING.

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03/27/2020
Eric Metaxas Interviews Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel

From the archives: Socrates in the City's Eric Metaxas hosts a conversation with two political adversaries, Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel, on their unlikely friendship and on finding “common sense solutions for a stronger America.”

For the first time in SITC history, Eric Metaxas interviews not one, but two guests! Columnist Cal Thomas and political pundit Bob Beckel are political adver...

02/27/2020
Peter Thiel: Zero to One

Friends! Here’s the full length video of Eric Metaxas’s epic interview with Peter Thiel, in which they explore Thiel's book ZERO TO ONE and also manage to discuss Apollo 11, Woodstock, Greta Thunberg, the worst of the cardinal sins, Communion, and much more. Enjoy!

Eric Metaxas interviews entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel on his bestselling book ZERO TO ONE. Using Apollo 11 and Woodstock as reference points, Thiel a...

From the archives: Socrates in the City's own Eric Metaxas turns over his hosting duties to legendary TV talkshow host D...
02/21/2020

From the archives: Socrates in the City's own Eric Metaxas turns over his hosting duties to legendary TV talkshow host Dick Cavett, for an extra special Socrates event on the subject of miracles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnN_VyR_1LE

Photos by Yoon Kim, @Yoon_Kim
01/28/2020

Photos by Yoon Kim, @Yoon_Kim

Photos by Yoon Kim, @Yoon_Kim

Last night’s conversation with Peter Thiel hosted by Eric Metaxas was spectacular. More photos by the amazing @Yoon_Kim ...
01/28/2020

Last night’s conversation with Peter Thiel hosted by Eric Metaxas was spectacular. More photos by the amazing @Yoon_Kim and video are coming soon!

Save the date! On January 27 we'll be hosting an interview event with Eric Metaxas and Peter Thiel at the Union League C...
01/07/2020

Save the date! On January 27 we'll be hosting an interview event with Eric Metaxas and Peter Thiel at the Union League Club in New York City! The exact time commitment is still being finalized, and the event will open for registration by the end of the week. If you aren't on our email list, sign up at www.socratesinthecity.com to receive the latest news!

12/20/2019
Colin Nicholl: The Great Christ Comet

From the archives: Cambridge Ph.D. and New Testament scholar Colin Nicholl spent four years studying with astronomers to explore the premise that the Star of Bethlehem was a comet, as discussed in his book THE GREAT CHRIST COMET and here with host Eric Metaxas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mT-8O8S_Fw&t=3s

At Socrates in the City Oxford, Eric Metaxas interviews Colin Nicholl, a Cambridge Ph.D. and New Testament scholar who spent four years studying with astrono...

Look what we found in the Socrates in the City vault! Eric Metaxas introduces special guest Dick Cavett -- adding a musi...
12/06/2019

Look what we found in the Socrates in the City vault! Eric Metaxas introduces special guest Dick Cavett -- adding a musical tribute on a set that nods to the decades-long Dick Cavett Show -- and the two converse about Cavett's book BRIEF ENCOUNTERS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvdd58H_KGw

From the archives: Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University John Lennox explores a method for reading and interpret...
11/15/2019

From the archives: Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University John Lennox explores a method for reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture, with host Eric Metaxas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FmO2XKMe6g

Socrates in the City host Eric Metaxas interviews Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, exploring questions around leadership and...
11/06/2019

Socrates in the City host Eric Metaxas interviews Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, exploring questions around leadership and service and along the way uncovering little known treasures.

Socrates in the City host Eric Metaxas interviews Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, exploring questions around leadership and service and along the way uncovering little known treasures.

11/06/2019
Caroline Kennedy: Life, Work, and Leadership

Video of Eric Metaxas's interview with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy is now online – enjoy it here! A special thanks to Judson University's World Leaders Forum for hosting this interview!

Socrates in the City host Eric Metaxas interviews Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, exploring questions around leadership and service and along the way uncovering...

11/01/2019
Thomas Howard: Chance or the Dance - Part 1

From the video archives: Eric Metaxas goes to Boston to talk with scholar Thomas Howard about his book CHANCE OR THE DANCE? Eric considers this one of the greatest books of the 20th century.

Eric Metaxas goes to Boston to talk with scholar Thomas Howard about the questions explored in his book, CHANCE OR THE DANCE? Eric considers this one of the ...

10/25/2019
Stephen Meyer: The Return of the God Hypothesis

Eric Metaxas interviews Stephen C. Meyer about the ultimate mystery of the universe as drawn from recent scientific discoveries in physics, cosmology, and biology, at the Center for Science & Culture's Dallas Conference on Science and Faith in January 2019.

Eric Metaxas interviews Stephen C. Meyer about the ultimate mystery of the universe as drawn from recent scientific discoveries in physics, cosmology, and bi...

From the @SocratesITC archives: the perspicacious Peter Hitchens, brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, sits down wi...
10/04/2019

From the @SocratesITC archives: the perspicacious Peter Hitchens, brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, sits down with host Eric Metaxas to discuss Hitchen's book THE RAGE AGAINST GOD. "You are somewhat of a contrarian..." Eric says, to which Hitchens succinctly replies "no." See the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEJ_dtN0QO8

From the video archive: Christian Wiman discusses his book, MY BRIGHT ABYSS: MEDITATION OF A MODERN BELIEVER, with Eric ...
09/13/2019

From the video archive: Christian Wiman discusses his book, MY BRIGHT ABYSS: MEDITATION OF A MODERN BELIEVER, with Eric Metaxas at the Socrates in the City 2013 Gala https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69NFpMnb16c

From the Socrates in the City archive we bring you the inimitable Mark Helprin! Prepare to be amazed by Mr. Helprin's co...
09/06/2019

From the Socrates in the City archive we bring you the inimitable Mark Helprin! Prepare to be amazed by Mr. Helprin's conversation with host Eric Metaxas, who considers him the greatest living fiction writer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IDXyd5RA1A

08/21/2019
John Lennox: Has Science Buried God?

Friends! Here's a new Socrates in the City interview for you: SITC host Eric Metaxas interviews the great John Lennox! Enjoy!

Host Eric Metaxas and Oxford professor John Lennox explore the question, "Has science buried God?" -- discussing the fine-tuned universe, evolution, logic, h...

08/09/2019
Dr. Os Guinness: "A Free People's Suicide"

Socrates in the City host Eric Metaxas credits this talk by author and social critic Os Guinness with inspiring him to write IF YOU CAN KEEP IT -- here's the landmark lecture based on Mr. Guinness's book, A FREE PEOPLE'S SUICIDE, from September 2012:

Eric Metaxas and Socrates in the City host an evening with author and social critic Os Guinness on the topic, "A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom a...

08/02/2019
Ard Louis: Science and Faith

This week's feature from the Socrates in the City archives: Eric Metaxas and Oxford physicist Ard Louis discuss "science and faith and life,” pushing past the oft-asked questions on these topics.

Eric Metaxas talks with Ard Louis, professor of theoretical physics at Oxford University about "science and faith and life,” pushing past the oft-asked quest...

From the archives: Eric Metaxas continues his conversation with Walter Hooper on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis! Av...
07/19/2019

From the archives: Eric Metaxas continues his conversation with Walter Hooper on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis! Available on YouTube and on the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kcD15rNwQA

07/12/2019
Walter Hooper: The Life and Writing of C.S. Lewis - Part One

From the Socrates in the City archives: host Eric Metaxas interviews Walter Hooper, friend and secretary of C.S. Lewis, about Lewis’s life and writings--uncovering fascinating stories about the beloved Oxford don. Here is part 1 of 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slMLk4dhh0M

Eric Metaxas interviews Walter Hooper, friend and secretary of C.S. Lewis, about Lewis’s life and writings--uncovering fascinating stories about the beloved ...

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