A Provocative Quietist


On the show this week: Rev. Dr Nancy James is an Episcopal priest who serves as chaplain at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She’s also a scholar and author specializing in the 17th-century mystic Madame Jeanne Guyon. James says while Guyon is not well known today, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries she was popular and drew an international readership. Guyon’s independence and writings on interior prayer also attracted the ire of Roman Catholic prelates and King Louis XIV. As a result, Guyon was imprisoned in the Bastille and branded an enemy of the state. While she was eventually cleared of charges,  Guyon’s works remain on the Vatican’s Index of Prohibited Books.

Also on the show, KUAC reviewer and author Frank Soos is in with a look at David Quammen’s latest work The Tangled Tree.

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