205 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 • 79 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 203: Early Christian Magic w/Dr. Shaily Patel

    EP 203: Early Christian Magic w/Dr. Shaily Patel

    Dr. Shaily Patel is Assistant Professor of Early Christianity at Virginia Tech. She is an expert on ancient magic, early Christian literature, and ideological criticisms of the New Testament. She is currently writing a book about the ways in which early Christian writings featuring Simon Peter are caught between two simultaneous but opposing cultural trends: the allure of “magic” in the Roman imagination and the categorial vilifying of magicians among ancient writers. In her wider work, she is concerned with the problem of representation in historical accounts, especially the representation of groups and ideas that challenge established “orthodoxy.” 
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    • 51 min
    EP 202: Himalayan Histories w/Swati Chawla

    EP 202: Himalayan Histories w/Swati Chawla

    Swati Chawla is assistant professor at the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, O.P. Jindal Global University and a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Virginia. Her doctoral research is focused on migration, citizenship-making, and contemporary Buddhisms in the Himalayan regions of postcolonial South Asia. Her masters and M.Phil. work focused on the Tibetan Buddhist female monastic tradition in exile. She hosts the Twitter channel #himalayanhistories.
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    • 1 hr
    EP201: Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and Gorampa Sonam Senge w/Dr. Constance Kassor

    EP201: Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and Gorampa Sonam Senge w/Dr. Constance Kassor

    Dr. Constance Kassor is an assistant professor of religious studies at Lawrence University, where she teaches courses on Buddhist thought and Asian religious traditions. Her research focuses on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, and she is currently involved in several projects related to the Madhyamaka philosophy of the 15th-century thinker, Gorampa Sonam Senge. She is also interested in religion and comics, women and gender minorities in Buddhism, pedagogy, and digital humanities.

    • 1 hr
    EP200: Early Christian Deathscapes w/Sarah F. Porter

    EP200: Early Christian Deathscapes w/Sarah F. Porter

    Sarah F. Porter (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University with a concentration in New Testament / Early Christianity and a secondary field in archaeology. She holds an M.Div. from Vanderbilt University Divinity School with a certificate in gender, sexuality, and religion, and she earned her B.A. in English and Religion from Southwestern University. Currently, she is a William R. Tyler Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Her dissertation, “Early Christian Deathscapes,” examines the production and flow of affects through the martyria, cemeteries, and homilies of fourth-century Antioch (modern-day Antakya, Turkey).
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    • 1 hr
    EP 199: Trafficking Hadassah w/Dr. Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar

    EP 199: Trafficking Hadassah w/Dr. Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar

    Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar (she/her/hers) is an adjunct professor at Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) in the Religious Studies Department. She received her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (Old Testament) in May 2020 from Drew University. Her dissertation is interdisciplinary and focused on how the discipline of biblical studies is increasingly responsive to social issues, namely, sexual trafficking.  Dunbar’s dissertation, entitled “Trafficking Hadassah: An Africana Reading of Collective Trauma, Memory, and Identity in the Book of Esther and the African Diaspora,” is a dialogical cultural study of sexual trafficking in the book of Esther and during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. She assesses sexual trafficking in both contexts, evaluates the traumatic impact of trafficking on Africana collective identity, and examines and critiques ideologies and stereotypes that were espoused to justify sexual abuse against Africana girls and women.  
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    • 59 min
    EP 198: Protestant Sex Scandals w/Dr. Suzanna Krivulskaya

    EP 198: Protestant Sex Scandals w/Dr. Suzanna Krivulskaya

    Suzanna Krivulskaya (she/her/hers) is Assistant Professor of History at California State University San Marcos, where she teaches courses in U.S. and digital history. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in modern U.S. history and studies the relationship between sexuality and religion. Her current book project, tentatively titled Disgraced: How Sex Scandals Transformed American Protestantism, investigates how pastoral sex scandals have been covered in the popular press and how Protestant denominations and the reading public responded to the coverage. Her articles have been published by the Journal of American Studies, Current Research in Digital History, and the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Her chapter on fundamentalist sex and sexuality is forthcoming from the Oxford Handbook of Christian Fundamentalism. She has published in popular outlets like Religion Dispatches and Religion in American History, and the Revealer. She is also the recipient of the 2019-2020 LGBTQ Religious History Award from the LGBTQ Religious Archives Network.
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 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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