162 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, 66 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 160: Catholic Sex Abuse w/Dr. Brian Clites

    EP 160: Catholic Sex Abuse w/Dr. Brian Clites

    Dr. Brian Clites is a professor at Case Western Reserve University. He is an expert in clergy sexual abuse, and he has spent the last eight years interviewing Catholic survivors in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Illinois. In his upcoming book, Surviving Soul Murder, Clites explains how survivors have transformed their pain into legal and political reforms, and how the Catholic scandal has changed the way that other Americans think about sexual assault.
    Follow Clites on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/brianclites
    Follow Sacred Writes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sacred_writes

    • 41 min
    Ep 159: Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt on African-American Catholic Identity, Sex Abuse, and Systemic Racism

    Ep 159: Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt on African-American Catholic Identity, Sex Abuse, and Systemic Racism

    Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt is a higher education professional, researcher, and inclusion & diversity specialist based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her PhD in sociology from Fordham University. A sociologist of religion, she is an expert in systemic racism with experience researching and writing about how systemic racism impacts African-American Catholics.
    Follow her on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TiaPhD
    Follow Sacred Writes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sacred_Writes
    Read "Black Catholics, Racism, and the Sex Abuse Crisis: A Personal Reflection  from The Revealer.
    Read "There is Time for the church to support black Catholics—if it has the will to do so" from America: The Jesuit Review.

    • 39 min
    EP 158: Vodun, Voodoo, and the Movies with Emily Crews

    EP 158: Vodun, Voodoo, and the Movies with Emily Crews

    Emily Crews is a Ph.D. candidate in History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her dissertation project traces the relationship between movement and identity formation in the context of Nigerian immigration to the United States, exploring the ways in which Pentecostalism conditions, and is conditioned by, the attempts of people to make themselves feel “at home” in a foreign culture. Her teaching interests are broad, but focus mostly on such areas as migration, gender, sexuality, and the body, as well as religions in the African diaspora.
    Emily teaches sections of REL 105, “Honors Introduction to the Study of Religion,” as well as REL 310 course, “Religion Goes to the Movies.”
    Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilydcrews

    • 59 min
    EP 157: Seasons of Moon and Flame w/Danielle Dulsky

    EP 157: Seasons of Moon and Flame w/Danielle Dulsky

    Danielle Dulsky is a heathen visionary, painter, and word-witch. The author of Woman Most Wild and The Holy Wild., she teaches internationally and has facilitated circles, embodiment trainings, communal spell-work, and seasonal rituals since 2007. She 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. As an Irish-American, Danielle’s witchcraft is deeply rooted in Celtic philosophy and Irish mythology. She believes fervently in the role of ancestral healing, embodiment, and animism in fracturing the longstanding systems supporting white-body supremacy and environmental unconsciousness, is committed to centering the voices and teachings of POC and LGBTQIA+ folks in her work as founder of Living Mandala Yoga, LLC and The Hag School and supports organizations and initiatives that do the same. Parent to two beloved wildlings and partner to a potter, Danielle fills her world with nature, family, art, and intentional sensuousness. Find her praying under pine trees, wandering through the haunted places, and whispering to her grandmothers’ ghosts.
    Find her online at https://www.danielledulsky.com

    • 48 min
    EP 156: Witchcraft in the Early Modern Period w/Dr. Julia Gossard

    EP 156: Witchcraft in the Early Modern Period w/Dr. Julia Gossard

    Julia M. Gossard is Assistant Professor of History at Utah State University. She specializes in early modern European and Atlantic history with an emphasis on gender, family, and childhood. With funding from the American Historical Association, the Newberry Library, the Society for French Historical Studies, and the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Dr. Gossard wrote her first book, Coercing Children: State-Building and Social Reform in the Early Modern French World, which is under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press. You can find her online at JuliaMGossard.com or on Twitter @JMGossard.

    • 58 min
    EP 155: Mormon Fundamentalism w/Dr. Cristina Rosetti

    EP 155: Mormon Fundamentalism w/Dr. Cristina Rosetti

    Dr. Cristina Rosetti completed her Ph.D., in religious studies at the University of California Riverside. She writes about Mormon fundamentalism.
    Follow her work on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CristinaMartaR
     

    • 1 hr 1 min

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66 Ratings

66 Ratings

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