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 239: Sincerely Held w/Dr. Charles McCrary
Dr. Charles McCrary is a scholar of American religion, focusing on secularism, religious freedom, race, and science. He is the author of Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers. His work has been published in academic journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Religion & American Culture, and Religion. He also has written for popular outlets such as Religion & Politics, The Revealer, and The New Republic, many of which are linked in the show notes of this episode. Before coming to ASU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.
EP 238: "Buddhish" and the History of Buddhist Medicine w/Dr. C. Pierce Salguero
C. Pierce Salguero is a transdisciplinary humanities scholar who is fascinated by the historical and contemporary intersections between Buddhism, medicine, and cross-cultural exchange. He has a PhD in the history of medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2010) and teaches Asian history, medicine, and religion at Penn State University’s Abington College, located near Philadelphia. He is the author of many books on the history and practice of Buddhism and Asian medicine. Connect with him online at piercesalguero.com.
Visit "Buddhish": http://www.beacon.org/Buddhish-P1771.aspx
EP 237: Teaching About Religion and Astronomy w/Dr. Brent Landau
Dr. Brent Landau is on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Religious Studies.
EP 236: Teaching About Religion in Las Vegas w/Corey Landon Wozniak
Corey Wozniak is a teacher in Las Vegas.
Read "The Buddha at the Bellagio": https://therevealer.org/the-buddha-at-the-bellagio-teaching-religion-in-sin-city/
EP 235: New Rome: The Empire in the East w/Dr. Paul Stephenson
Paul Stephenson is a historian of late antiquity and the author of New Rome: The Empire in the East and Constantine: Roman Emperor, Christian Victor.
EP 234: Borderlands Curanderos w/Dr. Jennifer Koshatka Seman & Dr. Arlene Sánchez-Walsh
Jennifer Koshatka Seman is a lecturer in history at Metropolitan State University in Denver. Her work has appeared in Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses and the Journal of the West.
Visit "Borderlands Curanderos" at University of Texas Press:
Follow Dr. Jennifer Koshatka Seman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniferseman
Follow Dr. Arlene Sánchez-Walsh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmichelSW
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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!
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.
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.