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 194: Your Life is Meditation w/Mark Van Buren
Mark Van Buren is a Mindful Living Trainer, yoga/meditation instructor, personal trainer, and musician, that has been promoting health and wellness for years. He runs workshops and retreats around the New York City and New Jersey regions.
Mark’s first book is A Fool's Guide to Actual Happiness and Your Life IS Meditation - Wisdom Publications (which we spoke about on episode 75), and his new book is “Your Life is Meditation,” the topic of this conversation. It was fabulous to have Mark back on the show. If you want to find Mark, you can visit him at authormarkvanburen.com
EP 193: A Life in Buddhism w/Gary Gach
Gary Gach is the author of Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism.
Follow Gary Gach's work online at: https://linktr.ee/GaryGach
Follow Classical Ideas on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Classical_Ideas
EP 192: Ripples in the Universe, QANON, and January 6 w/Dr. Susannah Crockford
Dr. Susannah Crockford is Crockford, an anthropologist with interests in spirituality, politics, ecology, economics, and survivalism.
Follow Dr. Crockford on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/SusCrockford
Pre-order Ripples in the Universe https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/R/bo86433786.html#.X72d5XtXTuE.twitter
EP 191: Affect Theory and Religion w/Dr. Donovan Schaefer and Dr. Brian Carwana
Dr. Donovan Schaefer is an assistant professor in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Schaefer is the author of Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power.
Dr. Brian Carwana is the Executive Director of Encounter World Religions. Brian has a PhD in religion and politics from the University of Toronto. You can visit him online here: https://religionsgeek.com/
EP 190: "Abusing Religion" w/Dr. Megan Goodwin
Megan Goodwin, PhD, is Program Director for Sacred Writes,
a Luce-funded project promoting public scholarship on religion hosted by Northeastern University. Her first book, Abusing Religion: Literary Persecutions, Sex Scandals, and American Minority Religions is available through Rutgers.
Visit Dr. Megan Goodwin's website here
Visit (and listen to) Keeping it 101: https://keepingit101.com/
EP 189: The Lives of Objects w/Dr. Maia Kotrosits
Dr. Maia Kotrosits is assistant professor of religion at Denison University and is the author of the book “The Lives of Objects.”
Follow Dr. Maia Kotrosits on Twitter: https://twitter.com/maiakotro
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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.