A podcast about belief and the challenges associated with faith in a personal God.
Just wanted to share some thoughts about belonging to a religious community, both in a physical sense (i.e., a congregation) as well as a sort of ideological one (e.g., particular writers you resonate with). Pardon all the pauses.
5. Shroom Theology (with Chano Arreguin)
Theology is the study of the nature of God, religious beliefs, and religious experiences. There is revealed theology, the knowledge of the supernatural obtained directly from God (through revelation), and there's natural theology, knowledge of God sought through reason and nature. In this episode we explore what I'm calling shroom theology, knowledge of the divine—the mystery—resulting from psychedelic experiences.
Yes, shroom theology. Enjoy!
4. Fast-track Heretic (with Slade Lade)
For this episode, I sat down with my good friend Slade Lane. I recorded this conversation back in May when I visited Lincoln. Slade and I spent quite a bit of time in the same coffee shop talking about all kinds of things, but often coming back to God, religion, and spirituality. He is one of the people who, for better or worse, introduced me to ideas that pushed some of the boundaries that characterize a more conservative approach to understanding God. So, naturally, I asked him about his growing up in church and how his ideas about God evolved.
I hope you enjoy this conversation by two laypeople.
3. A Pastor's Take (with Michael Paradise)
Pastor Michael Paradise is the Young Adult Pastor at College View Church (CVC), a Seventh-day Adventist church in Lincoln, Neb. During my studies at Union College (also an Adventist institution), I took a first-year course from Pastor Paradise and while I did not had a ton of interaction with him, I immediately gained an appreciation for his ministry when he started a series of meetings to discuss belief (and unbelief).
With an impressive Goodreads record (for real, though) and a commendable openness for discussion (in that order), I decided to sit down and listen to his perspective on God.
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did and that you can find some interesting material to chew on.
2. How We Think About Stuff
In this episode we discuss two ways in which we think can think about how we think (yes, very meta): schemas and models. Do not be afraid, they are very intuitive concepts that provide nice frameworks to think about any kind of questions.
1. An Introduction
This episode serves as an introduction to the type of conversations we will be having around the issues of faith, spirituality, and belief in God. We are laypeople trying to figure out what we believe and why we believe it.