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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.

    S04 #07 - God does not exist . . . but God may happen - A thought for the day

    S04 #07 - God does not exist . . . but God may happen - A thought for the day

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

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/04/god-does-not-exist-but-god-may-happen.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)

    • 7 min
    S04 #06 - Founding a true Commonwealth upon a real common wealth - A thought for the day

    S04 #06 - Founding a true Commonwealth upon a real common wealth - A thought for the day

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

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/06/founding-true-commonwealth-upon-real.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)

    • 7 min
    S04 #05 - Not “a cost of living crisis” but a crisis of the neoliberal project - A thought for the day

    S04 #05 - Not “a cost of living crisis” but a crisis of the neoliberal project - A thought for the day

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

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/06/not-cost-of-living-crisis-but-crisis-of.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)

    • 7 min
    S04 #04 - A reasonable but passionate plea for the recovery (or rather, re-story-ation) of apocalyptic language within liberal religion - A thought for the day

    S04 #04 - A reasonable but passionate plea for the recovery (or rather, re-story-ation) of apocalyptic language within liberal religion - A thought for the day

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

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/06/a-reasonable-but-passionate-plea-for.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)

    • 9 min
    S04 Bonus Episode - Slavoj Žižek on the Holy Spirit

    S04 Bonus Episode - Slavoj Žižek on the Holy Spirit

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

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/06/slavoj-zizek-on-holy-spirit.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)

    The Radical Theology Seminar (you can take a peek at this excellent project at this link)
    My own Pentecost Sunday piece can be read here: “The fiery rope across generations and geography—a meditation for Pentecost.”

    • 6 min
    S04 Bonus Episode - The fiery rope across generations and geography—a meditation for Pentecost

    S04 Bonus Episode - The fiery rope across generations and geography—a meditation for Pentecost

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

    https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/06/the-fiery-rope-across-generations-and.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)

    • 11 min

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