152 episodes

Can religion be our trusted guide through life's challenges, or does it sometimes mislead us? Join Konrad in each episode for a light-hearted interrogation of people's religious beliefs through the lenses of grace and doubt. The aim? To understand and then challenge diverse faith-based perspectives on today's most controversial topics, helping you sort the ‘wheat from the chaff’. Can these religious ideas truly assist us, or should we honestly assess when they might do more harm than good? Tune in to challenge your perspective and broaden your understanding of the world.

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    • 5.0 • 90 Ratings

Can religion be our trusted guide through life's challenges, or does it sometimes mislead us? Join Konrad in each episode for a light-hearted interrogation of people's religious beliefs through the lenses of grace and doubt. The aim? To understand and then challenge diverse faith-based perspectives on today's most controversial topics, helping you sort the ‘wheat from the chaff’. Can these religious ideas truly assist us, or should we honestly assess when they might do more harm than good? Tune in to challenge your perspective and broaden your understanding of the world.

    A Muslim, A Humanist, and a Christian Sit Under a Tree - Can They Agree?

    A Muslim, A Humanist, and a Christian Sit Under a Tree - Can They Agree?

    In this episode of Ideas Digest, Konrad explores the space between individuals of varying faiths by chatting to 5 contributing authors to the book "Sitting in the Shade of Another Tree", a book about what we can learn by listening to people from other faiths.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Is Belief in God on the Rise? or Are Christians Still Out of Touch? Feat; Justin Brierley

    Is Belief in God on the Rise? or Are Christians Still Out of Touch? Feat; Justin Brierley

    In this episode, Konrad sits down for a candid chat with Christian radio host Justin Brierley, known for his role as the former host of the widely-loved Christian apologetics radio show, Unbelievable. For close to a decade, Justin facilitated thought-provoking conversations between prominent atheists and committed Christians.

    • 53 min
    Hillsong Should (NOT) Pay Tax | Can We Change Your Mind?

    Hillsong Should (NOT) Pay Tax | Can We Change Your Mind?

    In this episode, Konrad and Alice play "Give me 10 minutes to change my mind" on the topic of whether churches should pay taxes. Join in on the fun and play along at home. Will we change your mind?

    • 1 hr 9 min
    A Family Divided by Beliefs - The Immortal Soul

    A Family Divided by Beliefs - The Immortal Soul

    In this special family episode, join Konrad as he takes on the daunting task of changing someone's mind about the existence of the immortal human soul. Alice, a firm atheist, finds herself at odds with her sister, an agnostic who believes in the immortal soul.With the aim of bridging the gap between these two loved ones and fostering mutual understanding,

    • 51 min
    Millennials vs. Boomers - Konrad vs. His Dad

    Millennials vs. Boomers - Konrad vs. His Dad

    In this thought-provoking episode, Alice steps up the crease (AUS) / in to bat (USA) to mediate a long-standing debate between Konrad and his father, Peter. With the goal of shifting Peter's perspective, Alice engages in a spirited discussion to convince him of Konrad's perspective, that millennials have faced unique hardships in comparison to the baby boomer generation.

    • 49 min
    Both Sides: Guns & a Referendum

    Both Sides: Guns & a Referendum

    Konrad and Alice take a brief fly over the culture war torn landscapes of USA and Australia, and take a look at "both sides" of the never ending debate around guns in the United states, and the brief skirmish in Australia around the Indigenous voice to parliament.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Kevin the Gr8 ,

Nonjudgemental Fun with Difficult Topics

This podcast’s commitment to non-judgment while engaging with deeply divisive ideas is so refreshing. It’s highly non-dogmatic and always funny. Great fun!

Django Common ,

Be water, my friends

Holding open nonjudgmental space for “the other” is one of the most creative gifts/acts we can give/do (in my opinion). Thank you Konrad for offering that up the world. It has enriched and enlivened my life.

Illa Puella ,

Open-minded and intellectual explorers, this one’s for you!

I have been a friend of the show for a while now, and I love the podcast so much! I share it with everyone who likes to explore ideas!

Konrad and Matt are both engaging and talk about rather complex issues with a refreshing lightheartedness. They invite guests to share their views and stories, listening well to the guest and asking insightful follow-up questions. It is always exciting when I hear Konrad ask a question I am thinking and seeing how the guest answers it!

The whole atmosphere of the show is kind and curious, so it really makes room for guests to share honestly without being on the defensive, which helps us listeners encounter a lot of nuance. Rather than trying to find holes in a person’s worldview and tear it apart and “win”, they are inviting all of us to explore intellectually! Why do we think the things we do? And where are we missing in our own understanding? Where might others help us see what we don’t see by ourselves? Where are they wrong/right? And where might we be wrong/right?

Also, Konrad is a master at repeating back what he’s hearing from someone, and I’ve learned a lot personally just from listening to that in action.

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