Jean-Claude Larchet interviewed in Hank Unplugged, Hank Hanegraaff’s Podcast


Jean-Claude Larchet, invité de « Hank Unplugged », le Podcast de Hank Hanegraaff

Jean-Claude Larchet was recently interviewed in “Hank Unplugged”. Hank Hanegraaff’s Podcast is widely broadcast in the US, by 60 radio stations and numerous websites.

A famous American evangelist, Hank Hannegraff recently converted to Orthodoxy. Having learned a great part of the Bible by heart, for many years he hosted a program listened to by millions of listeners. Referring to the Bible, he would answer to questions of all kinds, which earned him the nickname “the Bible Answer Man”, a name also given to his show.

Although after his conversion to Orthodoxy nearly 100 out of 160 radios stop to broadcast it, he is been hosting a program through the “Christian Research Institute” that he leads. His program is entitled “Hank Unplugged”.
The iTunes Preview page, where you can listen to all the episodes, presents it as follows:

“For decades, millions have enjoyed answers and insights from Hank Hanegraaff on the Bible Answer Man broadcast. Now, Hank invites some of his closest friends and brightest minds onto the Hank Unplugged podcast for free-flowing, truly engaging discussions. Listen, as you follow him out of the studio and into his study to range farther and dive deeper into both perennial and contemporary issues of interest to thinking Christians.”

On October 17, Jean-Claude Larchet was the guest for his book The Theology of Illness. Their live conversation lasted 73 minutes. Here is the synopsis:

“The health of our soul is more important than the health of our body, yet in our modern age of materialism we have made the medical doctor the new high priest of a civilization seeking purely physical solutions to problems previously presumed to involve the soul.
Hank is joined by French Professor Jean-Claude Larchet, a prolific scholar holding doctoral degrees in both theology and philosophy, and one of the foremost Patristic scholars in the world today to discuss sickness, suffering and the soul from a theological perspective. His profound book, The Theology of Illness, examines the role that suffering and illness play in our lives and how they can actually aid our spiritual development.
From provocative statements such as “there is no question that people today have far fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with illness” to “good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient” professor Larchet will challenge the way you think about suffering, illness and what true health really is.

Topics discussed include:
Do people today have fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with the problem of illness? (4:00);
spiritual illness is more serious than physical illness, yet our modern age has made the medical doctor the new high priest of civilization (5:20);
how detached we have become from the wisdom of the early church fathers (7:10);
the connection between the communion of all saints and asking for prayers from those who have passed before us (10:45);
the difference in the human body before and after the fall and the implications for our resurrected state in the world to come (12:20);
was man created perfect? (16:05);
deification (theosis) and what it means to become God’s by grace (17:05);
is there a link between illness and sin? (28:05);
why perfect health does not exist in this world (28:05);
discussing zoetic energy (33:00);
Hank asks a personal question regarding his battle with cancer (37:10);
good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient (42:30);
the role suffering plays in raising our awareness and why illness can be better than health if it aids our spiritual progress (47:45);
the essential role of prayer in growing closer to God (51:25);
the significance of asking Mary, or Saints in general, to intercede for us in prayer and why it is biblical (59:25);
the relationship between demon possession and illness (1:01:05);
contrary to modern beliefs, the health of the soul is more important than the health of the body (1:04:15);
is there a connection between an improper theology of illness and the rise of suicide? (1:07:38).”

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Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here