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Welcome to “Making Footprints not Blueprints”, a regular podcast about matters philosophical and religious. My name is Andrew James Brown and, despite being myself an atheistically inclined free-thinker, I’m also the minister to the Unitarian Church in the city of Cambridge, UK.The title of this podcast is borrowed from the philosopher Herbert Fingarette (1921-2018) who, in his book, “The Self in Transformation” (Basic Books, New York 1963), offered us studies that were “outcomes rather than realised objectives” which were offered to the reader as an encouragement to make “intellectual footprints, not blueprints.” This podcast tries to proceed in a similar fashion and takes seriously an insight of the poet A. R. Ammons who felt that true human freedom only comes when we have understood that full scope always eludes our grasp, that there is no finality of vision, that we have perceived nothing completely and that, therefore, and thankfully, tomorrow a new walk is a new walk.

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Welcome to “Making Footprints not Blueprints”, a regular podcast about matters philosophical and religious. My name is Andrew James Brown and, despite being myself an atheistically inclined free-thinker, I’m also the minister to the Unitarian Church in the city of Cambridge, UK.The title of this podcast is borrowed from the philosopher Herbert Fingarette (1921-2018) who, in his book, “The Self in Transformation” (Basic Books, New York 1963), offered us studies that were “outcomes rather than realised objectives” which were offered to the reader as an encouragement to make “intellectual footprints, not blueprints.” This podcast tries to proceed in a similar fashion and takes seriously an insight of the poet A. R. Ammons who felt that true human freedom only comes when we have understood that full scope always eludes our grasp, that there is no finality of vision, that we have perceived nothing completely and that, therefore, and thankfully, tomorrow a new walk is a new walk.

    S02 #01 - The Freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today - Part One - A beginning

    S02 #01 - The Freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today - Part One - A beginning

    The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link:

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-freedom-to-be-tomorrow-what-we-are.html

    Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there.

    Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

    • 19 min
    Bonus Episode - A mischevious spring meditation on Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”

    Bonus Episode - A mischevious spring meditation on Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”

    The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link:

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2021/04/a-mischevious-spring-meditation-on.html

    Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there.

    Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

    • 20 min
    S01 #27 - Adopting the role of umpire and letting the role of player go (End of Series One)

    S01 #27 - Adopting the role of umpire and letting the role of player go (End of Series One)

    A few thoughts on why, as a minister of a small liberal-religious community, I need to stop being a player and adopt, instead, the role of umpire. In this piece, I draw considerably, and gratefully, on some of  Michael Oakeshott's ideas about conversation.

    The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link:

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2021/04/adopting-role-of-umpire-and-letting.html

    Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there.

    Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

    • 18 min
    S01 #26 - Cancelling my subscription to the Resurrection and truly living the death of God

    S01 #26 - Cancelling my subscription to the Resurrection and truly living the death of God

    An exploration of Christian atheism that makes some connections with the Kyoto School of Buddhism via the theology and philosophy of Thomas J. J. Altizer and Don Cupitt.

    The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link:

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2021/04/cancelling-my-subscription-to.html

    Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there.

    Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

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    If you would like to join a conversation about this podcast then our next Wednesday Evening Zoom meeting will take place on 7th April at 19.30 GMT.  Link below.
    Topic: Cambridge Unitarian Church, Evening Conversation
    Time: April 7, 2021 19:00 London
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81603885416?pwd=ZXM5MkJmZE5GcGwzZ21qUzgvTWZIdz09
    Meeting ID: 816 0388 5416
    Passcode: 995320
    Here’s the timetable:
    19.15-19.30: Arrivals/login
    19.30 - 21.00: Questions to, and conversations with, Andrew James Brown moderated by Courtney Whalen Van de Weyer
    21:00: Event ends

    • 20 min
    S01 #25 - Jesus or Barabbas, Carl Schmitt and Little Red Riding Hood

    S01 #25 - Jesus or Barabbas, Carl Schmitt and Little Red Riding Hood

    A cautionary tale for twenty-first-century liberals.

    The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link:

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2021/03/firm-ground-is-not-available-ground-why.html

    Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there.

    Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

    • 23 min
    S01 #24 - Firm ground is not available ground

    S01 #24 - Firm ground is not available ground

    Why building one’s religion and philosophy on sand rather than rock might actually be a very good idea.

    The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link:

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2021/03/firm-ground-is-not-available-ground-why.html

    Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there.

    Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

    If you would like to join a conversation about this podcast then our next Wednesday Evening Zoom meeting will take place on 24th March at 19.30 GMT.  Link below.
    Topic: Cambridge Unitarian Church, Evening Conversation
    Time: Mar 24, 2021 14:00 London

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85112215249?pwd=M2xIaHYwTkhvbW1SdDRZanpZdWl4Zz09

    Meeting ID: 851 1221 5249
    Passcode: 036110

    Here’s the timetable:
    19.15-19.30: Arrivals/login
    19.30 - 21.00: Questions to, and conversations with, Andrew James Brown moderated by Courtney Whalen Van de Weyer
    21:00: Event ends

    • 19 min

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