251 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 • 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 249: Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) about Anti-Muslim Discrimination w/Jordan Denari Duffner

    EP 249: Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) about Anti-Muslim Discrimination w/Jordan Denari Duffner

    Arson and vandalism at houses of worship. Bullying at schools and harassment at the grocery store. Political scapegoating and institutionalized discrimination. Muslims in the United States--and beyond--have faced Islamophobia in a range of forms. This ground-breaking book argues that Christians should be at the forefront of efforts to end the prejudice, discrimination, and violence, that Muslims face. Writing for Christians of all denominations, Jordan Denari Duffner offers an introduction to Islamophobia, discusses the unfortunate ways that Christians have contributed to it, and offers practical steps for standing in solidarity with Muslims. Viewing Islamophobia as both a social justice and a religious freedom issue, Duffner makes the case that Christian faith calls us to combat religious discrimination even when it is not directed toward our own faith community. She weaves together insights from Catholic social teaching, examples from Protestant leaders, and expertise from Muslim scholars and activists, resulting in a compelling book that will be of interest to academic and lay audiences alike.
    Visit Jordan Denari Duffner online: https://jordandenari.com/about/

    • 53 min
    EP 248: How Yogi Bhajan Created An Empire w/Stacie Stukin & Philip DeSlippe

    EP 248: How Yogi Bhajan Created An Empire w/Stacie Stukin & Philip DeSlippe

     NOTES Stacie Stukin is an arts and culture writer born and raised in Los Angeles. She has written about travel, design, women's health and food for publications like The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, W Magazine and Lucky Peach. She's also the West Coast Editor of Naturally, Danny Seo Magazine.
     
    Philip DeSlippe is a historian of American religion with a background in American Studies and literature whose research focuses on Asian, metaphysical, and marginal religions in modern America. DeSlippe is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and writing a dissertation on the early history of yoga in the United States from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. His work includes a new and definitive edition of the metaphysical classic The Kybalion for Tarcher/Penguin in 2011, dozens of articles for popular audiences in such venues as Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Yoga Journal, Air & Space Smithsonian, the Indian news site Scroll.in, and Tides, the magazine of the South Asian American Digital Archive. 
    Relevant Reading: 

    https://www.baaznews.org/p/yogi-bhajan-siri-singh-sahib-expose
     
    https://twitter.com/StacieStukin
     
    https://twitter.com/PhilipDeslippe
     
    https://religionnews.com/2020/08/18/yogi-bhajan-yoga-guru-and-founder-of-3ho-more-likely-than-not-sexually-abused-followers-says-report/
     
    https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/yogi-bhajan/
     
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271568190_From_Maharaj_to_Mahan_Tantric_The_Construction_of_Yogi_Bhajan%27s_Kundalini_Yoga
     
    https://rishiknots.com/
     
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EP 247: Visions of Zion, Ethiopianness, and Rastari w/Dr. Erin MacLeod

    EP 247: Visions of Zion, Ethiopianness, and Rastari w/Dr. Erin MacLeod

    Dr. Erin MacLeod's work situates itself in the perspectives of postcolonial studies, social movements, intercultural communication, migratory processes and globalization through its investigation into issues of identity, gender, culture, class, race and space/geography. She is the author of Visions of Zion: Ethiopians and Rastafari in the Search for the Promised Land (NYU Press, 2014). MacLeod holds a PhD in Communications from McGill University and a Master's in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and has taught and lectured at both the college and university levels in Ethiopia, Canada and Jamaica.
    Visit the book: https://nyupress.org/9781479882243/visions-of-zion/

    • 46 min
    EP 246: A EP 246: A Conversation on Teaching Religious Studies w/Dr. Carrie Duncan Conversation on Teaching Religious Studies w/Dr. Carrie Duncan

    EP 246: A EP 246: A Conversation on Teaching Religious Studies w/Dr. Carrie Duncan Conversation on Teaching Religious Studies w/Dr. Carrie Duncan

    • 46 min
    EP 245: Roman Catacombs w/Dr. William "Chip" Gruen

    EP 245: Roman Catacombs w/Dr. William "Chip" Gruen

    Dr. William "Chip" Gruen is professor of religious studies at Muhlenberg College and is Director of the Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding. 
    The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries (2019)
    https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/reception-of-jesus-in-the-first-three-centuries-9780567000194/
    Religionwise Podcast: https://www.muhlenberg.edu/religionandculture/religionwisepodcast/

    • 52 min
    EP 244: The Other Side of Nothing w/Brad Warner

    EP 244: The Other Side of Nothing w/Brad Warner

    http://hardcorezen.info/
    Brad Warner was born in Ohio, grew up in Africa, and lived in Japan for eleven years, where he got ordained as a Zen monk. He now resides in the Hipsterville part of Los Angeles. He began sitting zazen when he was eighteen years old under the instruction of Tim McCarthy and was made a dharma heir of Gudo Nishijima Roshi in the futuristic year 2000.

    He also travels the world showing people how to sit down and shut up. He has given talks and led Zen meditation retreats in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Poland, Israel, Belgium, Spain, and Japan. His books have been translated into fewer languages than those of anyone you’ve ever seen on the cover of a meditation magazine, but there are editions in Finnish, Polish, German, and Greek. And supposedly there’s one in Hebrew, but he’s never seen a copy. Or maybe he has but doesn’t know it because he can’t read Hebrew. He wishes someone would point it out to him somewhere if the book actually exists.

    He plays bass guitar in the hardcore punk band Zero Defex (0DFx). He has had major roles in several movies, including Zombie Bounty Hunter M. D. and Shoplifting from American Apparel. He also wrote, produced, and directed his own film, Cleveland’s Screaming. Plus, he made five albums for Midnight Records under the semi-fictional band name Dimentia 13.

    When he’s not doing zazen, Brad can be found at record stores all over the world searching for obscure psychedelia and songs to add to his incredible cheesy seventies playlist. He enjoys bad science fiction movies and cats, though dogs are okay too. He’s a vegetarian but tries not to be a total pain in the ass about it.

    • 53 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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