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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 • 84 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 230: The Rise of the Muslim Sitcom w/Dr. Kristian Petersen

    EP 230: The Rise of the Muslim Sitcom w/Dr. Kristian Petersen

    Kristian Petersen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab (Oxford University Press in 2017), and editor of Muslims in the Movies: A Global Anthology (ILEX Foundation & Harvard University Press, 2021), and New Approaches to Islam in Film (Routledge, 2021). He also co-hosts the New Books in Islamic Studies podcast on the New Books Network.
    Follow Dr. Kristian Peterson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/babakristian
    Visit Sacred Writes: https://www.sacred-writes.org/2021-cohorts

    • 1 hr 6 min
    EP 229: Migrational Religion and Latinx Diaspora w/Dr. João Chaves and Dr. Arlene Sánchez-Walsh

    EP 229: Migrational Religion and Latinx Diaspora w/Dr. João Chaves and Dr. Arlene Sánchez-Walsh

    In this episode, Dr. João Chaves and Dr. Arlene Sánchez-Walsh discuss Brazil and the book “Migrational Religion: Context and Creativity in the Latinx Diaspora,” out now from Baylor University Press.
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    EP 228: Mexican American Religions w/Dr. Brett Hendrickson and Arlene Sánchez-Walsh

    EP 228: Mexican American Religions w/Dr. Brett Hendrickson and Arlene Sánchez-Walsh

    In this episode, Dr. Arlene Sánchez-Walsh is in conversation with Dr. Brett Hendrickson on the book "Mexican American Religions: An Introduction (Religion in America)," out now from Routledge!
    Follow Dr. Hendrickson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbhendrickson
    Follow Dr. Sánchez-Walsh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmichelSW
    Visit Dr. Hendrickson at Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/authors/i21462-brett-hendrickson

    • 1 hr
    EP 227: Meatpacking, Migration, and Faith w/Dr. Kristy Nabhan Warren & Dr. Arlene Sanchez Walsh

    EP 227: Meatpacking, Migration, and Faith w/Dr. Kristy Nabhan Warren & Dr. Arlene Sanchez Walsh

    Dr. Kristy Nabhan-Warren is the V. O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair of Catholic Studies and a professor in the Departments of Religious Studies and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. She is the author, most recently, of Meatpacking America: How Migration, Work, and Faith Unite and Divide the Heartland, out now from the University of North Carolina Press.
    Follow Dr. Nabhan-Warren on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristyNabhan
    Arlene M. Sánchez-Walsh, PhD, is a professor of religious studies and the author of the award-winning book Latino Pentecostal Identity: Evangelical Faith, Self, and Society (Columbia University Press, 2003). She has authored more than a dozen articles and book chapters on the subject of Latino/a Pentecostalism, and has served as a media expert for outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and On Being with Krista Tippett, and served as an expert on Latino/a religious history for the PBS series God in America. Sánchez-Walsh’s current writing projects include a textbook on Pentecostalism in America, and a monograph on Latinos/as and the prosperity gospel. Her current research is on the rise of nonbelief among Latinos/as.
    Follow Dr. Arlene Sanchez-Walsh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmichelSW

    • 1 hr 5 min
    EP 226: Jewish-Christian Dialogue w/Dr. Alana Vincent

    EP 226: Jewish-Christian Dialogue w/Dr. Alana Vincent

    Dr. Alana M. Vincent is Associate Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Religion and Imagination at the University of Chester. She works on post-Holocaust Jewish thought, Jewish-Christian dialogue, and popular culture (primarily science fiction and fantasy).
    Dr. Alana Vincent on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProfAMV
    Visit Sacred Writes: https://www.sacred-writes.org/

    • 45 min
    EP 225: Catholic Library, Muslim Books w/NA Mansour

    EP 225: Catholic Library, Muslim Books w/NA Mansour

    N.A. Mansour is a historian and a PhD candidate at Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies, where she is writing a dissertation on the transition between manuscript and print in Arabic-language contexts. She produces podcasts for different venues, co-edits Hazine.info, and works for different museums and archives. She also writes for the general public on culture, Islam and history.
    Visit Sacred Writes: https://www.sacred-writes.org/2021-cohorts

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 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 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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