299 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
    • 4.8 • 93 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 296: 3HO's Boarding Schools with Stacie Stukin and Philip Deslippe

    EP 296: 3HO's Boarding Schools with Stacie Stukin and Philip Deslippe

    This episode discusses the article "3HO's Boarding Schools Were a Living Hell" from Baaz News with the authors Stacie Stukin and Philip Deslippe.
    Read: https://www.baaznews.org/p/3hos-boarding-schools-abuse-yogi-bhajan?utm_medium=web
    Visit Stacie Stukin online: https://www.staciestukin.com/
    Visit Philip Deslippe online: https://philipdeslippe.com/
    Read Stacie Stukin in Los Angeles Magazine: https://lamag.com/featured/yogi-bhajan
    Read Stukin and Deslippe "How Siri SIngh Sabib Yogi Bhajan Created an Empire": https://www.baaznews.org/p/yogi-bhajan-siri-singh-sahib-expose

    • 48 min
    EP 295: Bones and Honey with Danielle Dulsky

    EP 295: Bones and Honey with Danielle Dulsky

    Danielle is a poet, painter, teacher, and word-witch. The author of Bones & Honey, The Holy Wild Grimoire, The Sacred Hags Oracle, Seasons of Moon and Flame, Woman Most Wild, and The Holy Wild (published by New World Library), she teaches internationally and has facilitated circles, embodiment trainings, communal spell-work, and seasonal rituals since 2007. Ever grateful to her many teachers, Danielle has most recently studied with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Singing Over the Bones Training, 2019), Bayo Akomolafe (We Will Dance with Mountains, 2022), and John Cantwell and Dr. Karen Ward of Sli An Chroi (2018-2024). She holds a BA in painting from Arcadia University, is the founder of The Hag School, and believes in the emerging power of wild collectives and sudden circles of curious dreamers, cunning witches, and rebellious artists in healing our ailing world. She splits her time between the whiskey-soaked streets of a Pennsylvania steel-town and the wilds of upstate New York. Find her praying under pine trees, wandering through the haunted places, and whispering to her grandmothers’ ghosts.
     
    https://danielledulsky.com/about/

    • 41 min
    EP 294: Teaching About Religion in Middle School w/Rebecca Cooper

    EP 294: Teaching About Religion in Middle School w/Rebecca Cooper

    Rebecca Cooper teaches religion at the middle school level in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

    • 45 min
    EP 293: A Blackqueer Sexual Ethics: Embodiment, Possibility, and Living Archive w/Dr. Elyse Ambrose

    EP 293: A Blackqueer Sexual Ethics: Embodiment, Possibility, and Living Archive w/Dr. Elyse Ambrose

    Elyse Ambrose (Ph.D., Religion and Society, Drew University) is a blackqueer ethicist, creative, and educator. Their forthcoming book, A Blackqueer Sexual Ethics: Embodiment, Possibility, and Living Archive (T&T Clark) offers a transreligious and communal-based sexual ethics grounded in blackqueer archive. Ambrose’s photo-sonic exhibition, “Spirit in the Dark Body: Black Queer Expressions of the Im/material,” explores black queer and trans spiritualities, identity, and poiesis. Currently Assistant Professor in the Departments for the Study of Religion and of Black Study at the University of California, Riverside, their commentary is featured in the Huffington Post, Vice, BMoreArt, and CBC Radio One’s Tapestry podcast. Their research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, Columbia University's Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice, Henry Luce Foundation, and Yale University LGBT Studies Fellowship.

    • 31 min
    EP 292: Young Muslims Online and Religious Authority w/Dr. Sana Patel

    EP 292: Young Muslims Online and Religious Authority w/Dr. Sana Patel

    Dr. Sana Patel, (Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Ottawa) has distinguished herself as a scholar specializing in Digital Islam. She is the recipient of the 2023 Digital Religion Research Award presented by The Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies. After completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on systemic Islamophobia in Canada, Sana is keen on exploring how Islamophobia manifests in online spaces and how digital technology shapes global anti-Muslim experiences. Her research interests include studying digital religion, religious diversity, religious authority, religion and immigration, Islamophobia, and nonreligion. Sana’s recent publications include: “Religion and Media in Canada” (2021), “Hybrid Imams: Young Muslims and Religious Authority on Social Media” (2021), and “Islamophobia in North America” (2023).
    Visit Sacred Writes: https://www.sacred-writes.org/acls-cohort-winter-2024
     
     

    • 34 min
    EP 291: Imam Professionalization w/Dr. Nancy Khalil

    EP 291: Imam Professionalization w/Dr. Nancy Khalil

    Nancy A. Khalil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with an appointment in the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program. Her research broadly focuses on the politics of the idea of American Islam and her forthcoming manuscript is on the profession of the Imam in America. Her academic work has been supported by several foundations, including the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, MSA National, IIIT, and the Islamic Scholarship Fund. She completed her PhD in anthropology at Harvard University, followed by postdoctoral fellowships at Yale’s Center on Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration and the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
    Dr. Khalil previously served on the board of directors for Islamic Relief USA and the Muslim Justice League. Before academia, she was the Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College. She is committed to serving the American Muslim community as a translator and bridge between academia and public service.
    Visit Sacred Writes: https://www.sacred-writes.org/acls-cohort-winter-2024

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

AK_66 ,

He used to be my English teacher!

I’m so glad I thought about looking up this podcast. Mr. Soden was my sophomore English teacher and seriously changed my life! I remember him telling us about his podcast in class a couple different times not long after he made it.

He would regularly suggest to take his Classical ideas and world religions class to really further our education and go into it with an open mind. He was absolutely my favorite teacher and was what I really needed in a role model at that point of my life.

Being 15 I had so much to really learn about the world and how he taught our class was engaging and challenging. I learned things I still utilize to this day. I always had so much fun in his class and was so excited to take the class about religions.

I signed up for the class and he told us close to the end of the school year he would no longer be teaching at our school as his family was moving away. I was so upset and even told him I would drop the class since the whole reason I wanted to take it was specifically because his teaching style resonated with me the most. He told me to still take it and not to rob myself of that experience simply because he wouldn’t be teaching the class.

Although the teacher who took his place wasn’t as energetic and engaging as Mr. Soden was, as well as never getting to talk to any guest speakers or go to any places of religious significance like he had intended. I don’t regret listening to him and remaining in the class.

People always ask me about the hoodie I got with the logo and I get to tell them about it t what I learned and how it changed my life for the better. I’m super excited to catch up with all the missing bits of the class I didn’t get to experience years ago though this podcast. I’m only on episode two but I’ll probably be caught up by the end of the week 😁

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!

Dannyny1978 ,

Education Al fair and balance

If you are like me who love to learn about other perspective this great resource for. My only issue podcaster need have better sound.

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