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At the Veritas Forum, we believe we were made to seek truth and be changed by it. We are a community of students, faculty, campus ministers, and more, who are pursuing a vision of the university that seeks and stewards truth and invites people of all backgrounds to explore the ideas that shape our lives. Since 1992, we’ve shared lectures and conversations with a firm belief that generous dialogue is essential for universities and the Christian faith alike.

In this podcast, we're pulling from our archives of recorded events. Learn more about each episode in the show notes and visit veritas.org to learn more about the mission of the Veritas Forum and join us as we explore the ideas that shape our lives.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 248 Ratings

At the Veritas Forum, we believe we were made to seek truth and be changed by it. We are a community of students, faculty, campus ministers, and more, who are pursuing a vision of the university that seeks and stewards truth and invites people of all backgrounds to explore the ideas that shape our lives. Since 1992, we’ve shared lectures and conversations with a firm belief that generous dialogue is essential for universities and the Christian faith alike.

In this podcast, we're pulling from our archives of recorded events. Learn more about each episode in the show notes and visit veritas.org to learn more about the mission of the Veritas Forum and join us as we explore the ideas that shape our lives.

    Spring 2023 Trailer: Meaning & Purpose

    Spring 2023 Trailer: Meaning & Purpose

    For the twelfth season of The Veritas Forum Podcast, we're exploring some of life's biggest questions: “What’s the purpose of my work?” “How do I know if I’m successful?” “Am I living a meaningful life?”


    Each week, starting Thursday, February 2nd, we'll share the best Veritas content on meaning and purpose — Forums you love and engaging interviews with top scholars — that will help you wrestle with the big questions in your life.


    If you think a friend of yours would benefit from this season of the podcast, share this trailer with them — and, please, subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode.


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    Visit veritas.org to learn more about the mission of the Veritas Forum and find more resources to explore the ideas that shape our lives.

    • 1 min
    Winterlude | Can doctors "do no harm"? w/ Dr. Lydia Dugdale

    Winterlude | Can doctors "do no harm"? w/ Dr. Lydia Dugdale

    In this Winterlude episode, we interview Dr. Lydia Dugdale — a physician and medical ethicist at Columbia University — about the historic medical pledge, the Hippocratic Oath, and how it is not required by medical schools in the United States. (Surprising, right?) Listen to hear what's replacing it, what the Christian tradition might offer medical ethics, and how you can become a better patient.


    Dr. Dugdale's recent Plough piece on the Hippocratic oath, here.


    Her recent book, The Lost Art of Dying, here.


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    • 36 min
    Winterlude | An Insider's Guide to the University w/ John Inazu

    Winterlude | An Insider's Guide to the University w/ John Inazu

    In this Winterlude episode, we interview Dr. John Inazu, the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis. He gives us an insider's view of how we might engage with the university — not as consumers but as participants who faithfully serve, start conversations that matter, and seize the fleeting time students have on campus.


    Dr. Inazu's Substack, Some Assembly Required, here: https://johninazu.substack.com/


    His recent book with Tim Keller, Uncommon Ground, here: https://www.amazon.com/Uncommon-Ground-Living-Faithfully-Difference/dp/1400219604


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    Visit veritas.org to learn more about the mission of the Veritas Forum and find more resources to explore the ideas that shape our lives.

    • 40 min
    Beyond the Forum | You Are Not Your Own w/ Alan Noble

    Beyond the Forum | You Are Not Your Own w/ Alan Noble

    This season we've asked: "What does it mean to be human?" And not too far downstream from this question is one you probably ask on a regular basis: "Who am I?"


    Both questions can be overwhelming. What if your answer isn’t right? Do you even know if there is a right answer? Can you change your mind? And is there a point when you have to have it all figured out? In our final episode of the season, we address that anxiety — that burden. Perhaps “having to figure it all out” is too much pressure. What if you don’t have to come up with all the answers? 


    In this episode, we are going beyond the forum with Dr. Alan Noble. He’s an English professor and author, and we talk about the struggle that comes with making sense of what it means to be human. His most recent book is entitled, "You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World."


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    Order Alan's book, You Are Not Your Own, here.


    Visit veritas.org to learn more about the mission of the Veritas Forum and find more resources to explore the ideas that shape our lives.

    • 40 min
    Can anyone know your authentic self? | University of Chicago

    Can anyone know your authentic self? | University of Chicago

    You — like most of us — are likely fed up with social media. The apps that promised us more social connection and genuine communication instead gave us doom-scrolling, photoshopped vacation photos, and hordes of influencers. But in our quest for authentic community, have we looked in the wrong places? Can we express our true selves on social media platforms like BeReal or Instagram? And is *real* authenticity — whether online or in person — even possible?


    We explore these questions through a Forum from April 2022 at the University of Chicago. In it, a fashion designer and philosopher contemplate selfhood. What does it mean to “be ourselves”? The first speaker is Dr. Fiona Dieffenbacher, an Associate Professor of Fashion at Parsons School of Design. The second speaker is Dr. Benjamin Callard, a philosopher professor at the University of Chicago.


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    Check out this Forum event on our Youtube.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Humanity | John Lennox & Paul Davies

    Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Humanity | John Lennox & Paul Davies

    We live in a culture saturated with technology. From a helpful autocorrected text to a friend to the suspiciously targeted ads in your Instagram feed to the deepfakes that can create your likeness without your consent.


    Given technology's prevalence today, how should we think about our relationship with it? What does this relationship mean for what it means to be human? And is it possible for our tech to become *more* human than we are?


    Our conversation today centers around these questions. In this Forum event from April 2022, you’ll hear first from Dr. John Lennox, emeritus professor of mathematics at Oxford. He’s the author of 2084: ​​Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity, and he discusses topics from this book with Dr. Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University. Dr. Lennox and Dr. Davies explore the ever-expanding impact of artificial intelligence on our lives, the plausibility of creating human-like technologies, and the importance of ethical guidelines and agreements in these morally fraught developments.


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    • 47 min

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