195 episodes

Good God, the podcast, will attempt to refasten the ties that bind neighbor to neighbor. Through conversations on matters of faith and public life, the host, Dr. George Mason, will attempt to move people toward one another and restore confidence in God’s purposeful activity in all things. “Only God is good,” Jesus said. Which means that all goodness is found in reference to God, including public good.

Good God Dr. George Mason

    • Religion & Spirituality

Good God, the podcast, will attempt to refasten the ties that bind neighbor to neighbor. Through conversations on matters of faith and public life, the host, Dr. George Mason, will attempt to move people toward one another and restore confidence in God’s purposeful activity in all things. “Only God is good,” Jesus said. Which means that all goodness is found in reference to God, including public good.

    Talking Faith: Christianity and Politics

    Talking Faith: Christianity and Politics

    In this pivotal election year, Rev. Dr. George Mason led the participants at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church’s Pub Theology in a reflective exploration of the role Christianity has played and should play in the realm of politics.

    From navigating contentious issues to grappling with the concept of Christian nationalism, he delved into the complexities and challenges of faith-based engagement in the public sphere.

    “Patriotism is love of country. Nationalism is hatred of the other.”

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Rachel Laser: Abortion rights are a religious freedom issue.

    Rachel Laser: Abortion rights are a religious freedom issue.

    This episode features a conversation with Rachel Laser, President & CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, protecting the foundational American principle of freedom of religion—including the right to believe or not believe—for all.

    George & Rachel discuss the intersection of religious freedom and abortion laws. Rachel highlights the importance of church-state separation in preserving religious freedom and democracy. They unpack the role of religious pluralism in America and the necessity of protecting the rights of all citizens, regardless of their faith. The episode also touches on the challenges of motivating moderate voices and fostering meaningful dialogue across differences.

    The discussion serves as a prelude to an upcoming event in Dallas focusing on these critical issues:
    Under G-d: Screening and Discussion on Why Abortion Bans Violate Religious Freedom
    June 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    https://faithcommons.org/event/under-g-d-screening-and-discussion-on-why-abortion-bans-violate-religious-freedom/

    • 33 min
    Brian Kaylor: The Surprising Origin Story of Christian Nationalism

    Brian Kaylor: The Surprising Origin Story of Christian Nationalism

    George is joined by Brian Kaylor, author of the book "Baptizing America: How Mainline Protestants Helped Build Christian Nationalism"—a critique of the concept of civil religion, arguing that such expressions are far more dangerous than we realize.

    In this conversation, they discuss his new book; the dangers of a softer, friendlier Christian Nationalism present in many mainline protestant churches; and the difficult work of figuring out what is American and what is Jesus's teachings. To make this distinction, we must ask ourselves, "What are they trying to accomplish? And how are they treating our fellow citizens in our increasingly pluralistic society?"

    "It's cathartic to point at...evangelicals, and say, 'Look at them.' Right? But what if we actually did something in our own circles of influence, in our own communities to reduce Christian Nationalism?" - Brian Kaylor

    • 32 min
    Courageous Conversations: Sandy Ovalle Martínez on Responding to Social Injustice with Courage

    Courageous Conversations: Sandy Ovalle Martínez on Responding to Social Injustice with Courage

    Meet Sandy Ovalle Martínez, Sojourners' Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing. A mujerista theologian and an organizer, Sandy oversees mobilization and activist engagement around different justice areas including climate and environmental justice, immigration, women and girls, and peace and nonviolence.

    In this conversation, Sandy and George explore how individuals and communities can equip themselves to respond effectively to social injustice, drawing on the rich teachings of faith to guide their actions. They trace the historical roots of immigration and examine the role of religion in shaping attitudes towards human mobility. Finally, they reflect on how we can harness our faith to navigate uncertainty and step boldly into a world in need of courageous advocates for justice and compassion.

    • 32 min
    Courageous Conversations: Fr. Michael Lapsley on Pain as a Pathway to Wholeness

    Courageous Conversations: Fr. Michael Lapsley on Pain as a Pathway to Wholeness

    Fr. Lapsley is currently the Director of the Institute for the Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an Anglican priest and social justice activist who was severely injured by a letter bomb sent to him in Zimbabwe where he had been exiled by the South African government for his anti-apartheid work. He founded the Institute for the Healing of Memories in 1998 to seek to contribute to lasting and collective healing that makes possible a more peaceful and just future.

    In this fourth episode of the Courageous Conversations series, George and Fr. Lapsley explore pain's role as a catalyst for healing and collective transformation. They discuss the intrinsic capacity within every individual for healing and the transcendent nature of pain that binds us together. Together, they confront the spiritual wound of racism, delving into the intricate process of intergenerational unlearning it necessitates.

    • 32 min
    Courageous Conversations: Jeff Sharlet on American Failures and American Possibility

    Courageous Conversations: Jeff Sharlet on American Failures and American Possibility

    Meet Dr. Jeff Sharlet, Professor in the Art of Writing at Dartmouth College and author of the recently released The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War. In it, he journeys into the corners of our national psyche in an attempt to understand how, over the last decade, reaction has morphed into delusion, social division into distrust, distrust into paranoia, and hatred into fantasies—sometimes realities—of violence.

    In this conversation, George and Jeff discuss the religious dimensions of American politics, and the role of grief and uncertainty in the midst of plague and rising fascism. Sharlet offers insight into both the human condition and into our country today, bringing to light a decade of American failures as well as a vision for American possibility.

    Jeff Sharlet is the New York Times bestselling author or editor of eight books. His latest is The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War (2023), a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Nonfiction, one of The New York Times 100 Books of the Year, and a New Republic book of the year.

    • 39 min

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