191 episodes

Simply stated, religion matters. Religion matters not only for personal reasons, but also for social, economic, political, and military purposes. Unfortunately, studies suggest that religious knowledge and cultural literacy for any religious tradition is either in decline or is non-existent in the United States, despite being one of the most religiously diverse nation on earth. Today, religion is implicated in nearly every major national and international issue. The public arena is awash in religious explanations and arguments for nearly every issue. The goal of The Classical Ideas Podcast is to empower students with the core knowledge of major world religions to improve citizenship and agency in a diverse society. Welcome to the show!

The Classical Ideas Podcast Gregory Soden

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 75 Ratings

Simply stated, religion matters. Religion matters not only for personal reasons, but also for social, economic, political, and military purposes. Unfortunately, studies suggest that religious knowledge and cultural literacy for any religious tradition is either in decline or is non-existent in the United States, despite being one of the most religiously diverse nation on earth. Today, religion is implicated in nearly every major national and international issue. The public arena is awash in religious explanations and arguments for nearly every issue. The goal of The Classical Ideas Podcast is to empower students with the core knowledge of major world religions to improve citizenship and agency in a diverse society. Welcome to the show!

    EP 189: The Lives of Objects w/Dr. Maia Kotrosits

    EP 189: The Lives of Objects w/Dr. Maia Kotrosits

    Dr. Maia Kotrosits is assistant professor of religion at Denison University and is the author of the book “The Lives of Objects.” 
    Follow Dr. Maia Kotrosits on Twitter: https://twitter.com/maiakotro

    • 47 min
    EP 188: Hope in a Secular Age w/Dr. David Newheiser

    EP 188: Hope in a Secular Age w/Dr. David Newheiser

    Dr. David Newheiser is a research fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University. His first book, Hope in a Secular Age (CUP, 2019), argues that an uncertain hope is required to sustain commitment of any kind: personal, political, or religious.
    Follow David Newheiser on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dnewheiser
    Visit his website: https://dnewheiser.net/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    EP 187: The Saint Makers w/Joe Drape

    EP 187: The Saint Makers w/Joe Drape

    Joe Drape is an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times. He is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestsellers Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen and American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise. His book Black Maestro was the inaugural winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. A native of Kansas City and graduate of Rockhurst High School, Drape earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Southern Methodist University. 
    Support Classical Ideas: https://linktr.ee/Classicalideas
    Visit Joe Drape on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joedrape

    • 50 min
    EP 186: Awakening My Heart w/Andrea Miller

    EP 186: Awakening My Heart w/Andrea Miller

    Andrea Miller is an editor at Lion’s Roar magazine and is the author of "Awakening My Heart: Essays, Articles and Interviews on the Buddhist Life," out now from Pottersfield Press. 
    Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Awakening-Heart-Articles-Interviews-Buddhist/dp/1988286883/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Andrea+miller+awakening+my+heart&qid=1607819477&sr=8-1
    Classical Ideas Linktree: https://linktr.ee/Classicalideas

    • 55 min
    EP 185: Stories from Baltimore 21217 w/Karim Amin

    EP 185: Stories from Baltimore 21217 w/Karim Amin

    Karim Amin is an Educator and Arts Activist from West Baltimore. Karim is currently a graduate degree candidate pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Baltimore. Karim was a charter member of Black Arts district coalition, the committee responsible for establishing  the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts district, the first Black Arts district in Maryland. Karim currently is the executive director Voices of 21217, a youth based nonprofit  focused on  developing arts programming and  funding to bring mixed used development to the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts district located in West Baltimore. You can visit Karim’s website at voicesof21217.com to get in touch.
    Support Classical Ideas: https://linktr.ee/classicalideas

    • 57 min
    EP 184: Mural Art and Latinx Islam w/Dr. Harold Morales

    EP 184: Mural Art and Latinx Islam w/Dr. Harold Morales

    Dr. Harold D. Morales is responsible for developing the center’s vision, recruiting committee members, organizing and overseeing committee work, and speak publicly about the center’s projects and activities.
    Dr. Morales' research focuses on the intersections between race and religion and between lived and mediated experience. He draws on these critical lenses to engage Latinx religions in general and Latinx Muslim groups in particular. He is currently focusing on developing public scholarship initiatives through his research on mural art and social justice in the city of Baltimore and through the CSRC and its collaborative projects.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

Yujiro Seki ,

Educational Inspiring and irresistible...

Consistently educational, rich in content, the purpose to make the world more peaceful and compassionate through promoting religious literary around the world, Greg Soden’s inspiring series the Classical Ideas Podcast is an amazing piece of work that you don’t want to miss! 1000 thumbs up!

FireShield95 ,

Too political

It's an interesting and informative podcast, covering a variety of religions. However, I wish the host would not bring up his political beliefs. If the guests want to bring up theirs, that's fine, but hosts of educational podcasts should leave their own beliefs out of it.

It's also noticeable that of all of the guests that have brought up their political beliefs (of the episodes I've listened to - I've almost gotten through all the 2018 episodes) are left-wing like the host. I wonder if the host will ever interview someone who does not share his political beliefs. He's clearly interested in understanding different religious beliefs, but doesn't seem interested in understanding why people might hold different political beliefs, and gives the typical left-wing strawman representations of different political beliefs.

Shen-Yun ,

Love It

This podcast is fantastic. Greg is a great interviewer and always finds a way to get his guests to translate these big ideas into very clear summations.

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