193 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
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

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.

    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
    Courageous Conversations: Chris Walsh and William McKenzie on Pluralism

    Courageous Conversations: Chris Walsh and William McKenzie on Pluralism

    George is joined by Chris Walsh and William McKenzie, both of the George W. Bush Institute where they engage in the advancement of freedom and democracy in the world.
    In this second episode of the Courageous Conversations series, they discuss what they call "the pluralism challenge," the role of pluralism in strengthening our democracy, the importance of a vibrant religious pluralism, and what American democracy means—even when it falls short of its own ideals.
    Chris Walsh serves as Director, Global Policy at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, Mr. Walsh manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world.

    William McKenzie is senior editorial advisor at the George W. Bush Institute, where he is working on editorial projects on democracy and freedom and education reform.

    • 31 min
    Courageous Conversations: Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Noor A’wad

    Courageous Conversations: Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Noor A’wad

    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Noor A’wad are leaders of the West Bank-based Roots/Shorashim/Judur, an Israeli-Palestinian initiative for understanding, non-violence, and transformation.

    Even in this time of unprecedented violence, distrust, and division, Roots is persisting in a vision of a future that upholds the humanity of all Israelis and Palestinians.

    In this conversation, our guests discuss with George how they are moving beyond the present reality, the role of identity in this conflict, and ways to resist the further entrenchment of hatred between these two peoples, who are forever destined to live together. "We have a saying that comes from the founder of Roots on the Palestine side ... that we have to find a way to fit two truths into one heart." - Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

❤️LinB❤️ ,

Faith and Public Life

This podcast has restored my soul on so many levels. Every conversation has left me with wisdom I continue to think about in my everyday life. Learning to have conversations about humanity, depression, racism, faith, how we take our faith and apply it to the work we do everyday with a fearless heart, etc is imperative in these polarizing times. I love how every conversation circles back fo love. Inclusion makes us stronger.

Jwdineline ,

Good God - always the answer to any question

So refreshing to hear such positive, upbeat, faith centered ideas from two very intelligent gentlemen. Fun to get a different perspective on radio host Gordon Keith. I look forward to upcoming episodes and guests hosted by Dr. Mason, for some more thought provoking conversation. We can use positive input like this in this media driven, bad news cycle we're in!

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