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A deep exploration into how we make sense of the world and what it means to be human.

On Becoming Bruce Ellis Benson

    • Society & Culture
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A deep exploration into how we make sense of the world and what it means to be human.

    A Few Things You Might Want to Know about Me

    A Few Things You Might Want to Know about Me

    In this episode, I discuss some aspects of my thinking. Although I've never been a rebel, I have always asked questions, including questions that have gotten me into trouble. While I believe that most human knowing isn't certain or indubitable, that doesn't mean that there can be no sense of 'knowledge'. Finally, I discuss how improvisation is the key to my thinking.

    • 32 min
    The Future of Religion (Part Two)

    The Future of Religion (Part Two)

    • 32 min
    The Future of Religion (Part One)

    The Future of Religion (Part One)

    We're back, and more critically-minded than ever! After a brief hiatus due to a recent move, Dr. Benson returns to offer thoughts on where religion -- and religions -- may be headed.

    • 32 min
    PENSÉE: What Is Woke?

    PENSÉE: What Is Woke?

    'Wokeness' has become a flashpoint in contemporary culture wars, and a major presence in media coverage of social policy, but do we really know what it means to 'be woke'? In this episode, Dr. Benson breaks down the history, context, and current state of the debates around 'wokeness.'

    • 16 min
    PENSÉE: Christian Nationalism in the Press

    PENSÉE: Christian Nationalism in the Press

    In this short episode, Dr. Benson discusses Ross Douthat's recent New York Times article "Four Ways of Looking at Christian Nationalism," and gives his own take on the current situation. 

    • 16 min
    Alabama, Fetal Personhood, and Christian Nationalism

    Alabama, Fetal Personhood, and Christian Nationalism

    In this episode, Dr. Benson discusses the recent Alabama ruling that mixed theology with the law, disrupted fertility care across the state, declared frozen embryoes children, and brought out an issue that has become increasingly popular with Christian conservatives in the United States: fetal personhood. Can frozen embryoes really be considered children? How does theology play into this question? What are the possible political, cultural, and philosophical issues of this ruling? Tune in to find out! 

    • 33 min

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