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59 minutes | May 13, 2011
Vincent Bugliosi on The Divinity of Doubt
Vincent Bugliosi, who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson, is the author of mega best-sellers Helter Skelter and Outrage (about the prosecution of O.J. Simpson). In his latest, The Divinity of Doubt: The God Question, his prosecutorial eye takes on the greatest target of all: God. In making his case for agnosticism, Bugliosi has written a powerful indictment of God, organized religion and theism. And, with his incisive logic and devastating wit, he exposes the intellectual poverty of atheism and skewers its leading popularizers: Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.
59 minutes | May 6, 2011
The Death of Osama bin Laden and the Soul's Response
Laura and Christopher examine the capture and death of bin Laden and our nation's response. They share commentary from Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Deepak Chopra and more. What do such events mean to the soul of humanity, and how can we utilize this event to move forward in human evolution? What does this say about our shadow side and the pursuit of any who perpetrate significant crimes against humanity?
59 minutes | Apr 8, 2011
Japanese Tsunami = Earth Change Acceleration?
It's not just the latest tsunami. Peculiar events in nature—millions of fish washing up in California, scores of birds falling from the sky in Italy and the United States, and some 100,000 dead drum fish washed ashore in Arkansas—are happening with more frequency. Are they related? Laura and Christopher take the controversial but cautious step of sharing material from respected source Lama Sing (channeled by Al Miner) that clearly delineates the prospect of accelerating earth changes in our very near future. Rather than fear them, what opportunity might they provide? And how do we find God in the midst of disaster?
59 minutes | Mar 18, 2011
The Law of Emergence With Michael Bernard Beckwith
“When we accept the invitation to participate in Spirit’s cosmic celebration,” Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith says, “we align ourselves with the Law of Emergence and become vehicles of that which seeks to express in, through and as us.” In this episode, Rev. Beckwith will share how a unified intention and commitment can pave the way for a new spiritual culture to emerge through the New Thought-Ageless Wisdom movement. Rev. Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual Center and Association of Global New Thought, was featured in the best-selling book and film The Secret and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. He was also recently featured in the PBS national television special The Answer Is You.
60 minutes | Mar 4, 2011
Super Rich: It’s Not What You Think, With Hip Hop Legend Russell Simmons
Legendary hip hop producer Russell Simmons has transcended a rough past to become respected not only in the music world, but as an author and proponent of a metaphysical power of possibility. The title of his newest book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All, may sound like "The Secret: Part 2," but it's really a forward-thinking inspirational look at what Unity considers New Thought. Is this a first: Hip Hop and Unity-style spirituality? Listen in to hear Simmons talk with Laura and Christopher about his evolution and why this book, why now, and for whom.
59 minutes | Feb 11, 2011
Psychedelics, New Thought and the Emergence of a New American Spirituality
Don Lattin, author of the new best-selling book The Harvard Psychedelic Club, examines how the introduction of LSD to American culture—chiefly via Tim Leary, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Andrew Weill and Huston Smith—revolutionized the way we see God and forever changed the spiritual landscape of our nation.
59 minutes | Jan 21, 2011
The Tragedy in Tucson and the Soul of a Nation
Corinne McLaughlin, author of The Practical Visionary and founder of The Center for Visionary Leadership, gives her perspective of the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Arizona. McLaughlin looks at the symbolic, metaphorical and very real meaning of this event—and what it means to the soul of a nation. Laura and Christopher will also wend in clips of Giffords, Jon Stewart and Deepak Chopra, and quotes from Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch and others.
59 minutes | Nov 12, 2010
The Ascent of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human Sense of Self
Author Charles Eisenstein has written a compelling new book, The Ascent of Humanity, which suggests that the gathering crises of our age demonstrate that our current way of being is on the verge of collapse. And this collapse is setting the stage for a revolution in human beingness whose stirrings we already begin to feel. What is the purpose of the grandeur and the ruin we have wrought? If civilization is to collapse, why? And what for? Will we then go back to the Stone Age, or will we be born into something entirely new? More than anything, The Ascent of Humanity and Charles' interview with Christopher and Laura, are about how to create the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible.
57 minutes | Nov 5, 2010
The New Great American Awakening
Historians refer to several Great Awakenings throughout our country’s history. Recently PBS’s “God in America” highlighted these “Awakenings,” but did so in terms of broad, usually fervent evangelical movements. What about the metaphysical, mystical underpinnings of these movements? Have they been largely missed or skirted by historians? And what of Awakenings to follow? Christopher welcomes Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America, to discuss the vital underpinnings of spiritual movements—and render insight on some American Awakenings of their own.
59 minutes | Oct 29, 2010
A Kinder, Gentler (Mostly Feminine) Atheism
Today Laura and Christopher welcome Unity minister Diane Scribner Clevenger into the studio to discuss an emerging Atheism—with a more pronounced "feminine" tone. The program will also incorporate sound bites from comedian and author Bill Maher, author S.E. Cupp and author Mitch Horowitz.
59 minutes | Jul 2, 2010
The Fourth of July and Synchronicity
Is July 4 a psyche birth force? Occult America author Mitch Horowitz joins Christopher and Laura as they discuss the amazing synchronicities that swirl about July 4 and the metaphysical founding of our nation. Did the fact that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4—50 years to the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence—mean anything to the soul of a young nation? With clips from Caroline Myss, Mark Victor Hansen, Jacob Needleman and others.
59 minutes | Jun 11, 2010
Is It Time for a Department of Peace … and Other Political 'Causes'?
New Thought churches watched as their evangelical and spiritually conservative counterparts got political in the 1980‘s ... and remain so today. Unlike its American Transcendental founders, has today’s New Thought movement been reluctant to speak out on social issues, fearing they could be politically charged? That’s the challenge for “Unity in the World” that dares to get involved in the social realms, such as promoting a Department of Peace, despite the possibility of political overtones. Rev. Dorene Lake, co-founder of Unity in the World, joins Laura and Christopher for this one-hour conversation.
60 minutes | May 28, 2010
Earth Changes, 2012 and Fractal Time With Gregg Braden
From recent 7.0-magnitude earthquakes to the world-galvanizing event of the Icelandic volcano ... are we seeing an indication of quantum change in the earth’s geosphere? Or is it simply “weather as usual”? Laura and Christopher speak to author/speaker Gregg Braden (Fractal Time, The Science of Miracles) about these recent events and how they may or may not dovetail into his perspective of what 2012 represents to us ... and the planet.
59 minutes | May 21, 2010
Everything You Wanted to Know About Revelation … But Were Afraid to Ask
Almost 80 percent of Christians believe that Jesus will come again ... and 20 percent of them believe it will happen in their lifetime. That's tens of millions of Americans who believe Jesus' return is imminent. Based on what you, ask? Largely on modern Christianity's interpretation of one book in the Bible: Revelation. In some instances it can turn potentially deadly—witness the recent arrest of nine Michigan Christian militia members for plotting to kill “anti-Christ” government representatives, “preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.” With so much focus on one text, might it not behoove us to take it out and give it a once-through with a New Thought lens? Laura examines the "Book of Revelations" and the Second Coming in both literal and metaphorical terms and how it impacts our present generation.
57 minutes | May 7, 2010
The Right to Die?
The new HBO series on the life of Jack Kevorkian brings up a moral dilemma: If we are gods, as the Bible suggests, do we not have the right to decide when we die? Is there a soul price to pay if we cut our lives short of our "natural" demise? Or is it a sign of our own divinity if we choose the time, place and manner?
59 minutes | Apr 23, 2010
The Shadow Revealed in Scandal: Roman Catholicism at a Crossroads
Laura and Christopher speak to Matthew Fox, best known as the catholic priest excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church in the 1990s. Due to controversy surrounding his denial of original sin, he was forbidden to teach theology by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Fox discusses the spiritual crisis that Roman Catholicism now faces and how it may come through this as a more authentic force of love and spiritual awareness. The panel addresses the shadow side of religion in general, including scandal, sexuality and denial.
60 minutes | Apr 2, 2010
Sympathy for the Devil: The Evolution of Satan
In Western theology, if you think Satan makes his first appearance in Genesis, think again. From the inception of Christianity, to the Tarot, to modern religion, human beings have struggled with the notion of a devil. And even if you see yourself as a sophisticated New Thought soul-thinker who has moved past the need for such things, what’s all this about “the ego”—hasn’t it become the new devil? Isn’t that just as problematic as the old notion? If you believe in such things as angels, can demons be that far behind? In the end, Satan may be the most misunderstood character in our religious annals … and isn’t it time we show him a little sympathy?
60 minutes | Mar 19, 2010
Scientology and Mormonism: Distinctly American Religions Not Without Controversy
Christie Collbran’s very public “defection” has placed the Church of Scientology on the front pages again. The most recent National Geographic—not to mention HBO’s Big Love series—unearths some of the more notorious elements of Mormonism. As with Unity, these are virtually homemade American religions that have, at times, been assigned the “cult” label by the orthodox mainstream. Perhaps the comparisons end there. What are the truths and myths about these belief systems, where are they headed and what do they have in common with either the conventional or New Thought ends of the religious spectrum?
59 minutes | Mar 5, 2010
God Is a Symbol of Something True
Is there such a thing as a "true religion?" Is it a choice between literalistic theism and scientism? Where do you fall along the belief spectrum? Friday, March 5, New World Radio host Christopher Naughton and special guest Unity minister Diane Scribner Clevenger interview Jack Call, author of the recent book, God Is a Symbol of Something True: Why You Don't Have to Choose Either a Literal Creator God or a Blind Indifferent Universe. The conversation ranges from the "traditional" belief systems many of us were brought up in to the notion of a personal God, the more deistic views as held by Thomas Jefferson and his contemporaries, to the beliefs of those who just aren't sure.
60 minutes | Feb 12, 2010
Politics … and "The Other" in the Era of Obama
The Ego—in the classic metaphysical sense—always needs an enemy, an “other” to justify its existence, its fear, its need to vanquish an adversary. Now that we no longer have a definitive enemy as in bygone eras—the British Crown, the Germans, the Japanese, the Russians—who will the Ego now choose as its reason for dissatisfaction? Terrorism is too amorphous. So why not your political enemy as the bogeyman? Niels Nielsen, author of God in the Obama Era, addresses why political squabbles are nothing new but may be reaching a new low. And maybe it signals a new breakthrough beyond the ego’s need to blame an enemy.
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