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31 minutes | 6 days ago
We Need New Temples
A bar can be a sacred place. So can an alley, or a mountaintop, or an abandoned power plant. As people increasingly search for spiritual fulfillment outside the walls of religion, we need a new way of thinking about what constitutes sacred space. Daniel explores how we might utilize our personal sense of the sacred to identify "natural temples" in the world around us. ~ If you appreciate this podcast, please support it at — patreon.com/reenchantment Eric Weiner's article "Where Heaven and Earth Come Closer" — https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/travel/thin-places-where-we-are-jolted-out-of-old-ways-of-seeing-the-world.html
64 minutes | 13 days ago
How to Talk Politics at Thanksgiving | Anthony Magnabosco
The U.S. election may be over but healing the division and rancor in the country will take years. Anthony Magnabosco uses a dialogue technique called Street Epistemology to get people to think more carefully about how they came to know what they know. He uses this technique to soften—or even reverse—peoples' deeply held beliefs about religion, politics, or social issues, while building genuine mutual respect. ~ Watch how Anthony does SE in real life: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCocP40a_UvRkUAPLD5ezLIQ Find advice about learning SE and connecting with the international SE community at: https://streetepistemology.com
61 minutes | 20 days ago
Communism and Other Pseudo-Religions | Nathan Robinson
Is communism religious in nature? Is capitalism? The line between ideology and religion is more porous than it might first seem. Daniel talks with Nathan Robinson, editor of Current Affairs magazine, about how ideological movements come to resemble religious movements even when they don't have—or are explicitly against—supernatural worldviews.
46 minutes | a month ago
Can We Coexist? | Christian Watkins
Pluralism can be difficult. Sometimes, it might seem impossible. But as the world globalizes, we must learn to coexist in increasingly complex and even paradoxical communities. Daniel speaks with long-time friend and christian minister Christian Watkins about coexistence in both a religious and political context.
67 minutes | a month ago
What is "Real?" | Chris Stedman
Daniel talks with Chris Stedman about his new book, "IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives." When we cross the thin glass screen of our digital devices do we enter an artificial realm, or is the online world an authentic part of reality? Find the show notes for this episode at: https://www.reenchantmentpod.com/post/show-notes-what-is-real-chris-stedman
68 minutes | a month ago
Let’s Admit We Liked Church | Bart Campolo
Daniel speaks with Bart Campolo about how to create a congregation of nonbelievers. Bart is a former Evangelical preacher who has since left his faith. He is now the Humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati and the founder of the Humanist congregation, Cincinnati Caravan. ~ Find the links mentioned in this podcast at: https://www.reenchantmentpod.com/post/show-notes-let-s-admit-we-liked-church-bart-campolo
54 minutes | 2 months ago
The Untold Stories of Atheism | Nick Fish
Daniel speaks with Nick Fish, the president of American Atheists, about how he's changing the narrative around atheism using real-life stories of nonbelievers. ~ Sign up for action alerts about how you can get involved: https://www.atheists.org/act/ See and follow results from the Secular Survey here: https://www.secularsurvey.org/ Find a partner or affiliate group to join near you: https://www.atheists.org/activism/affiliates/
75 minutes | 2 months ago
Atheistic Mysticism | Eric Steinhart
Mystical experiences are not supernatural events but psychological ones. Daniel speaks with Professor Eric Steinhart about how atheists understand and interpret mystical experiences as well as prominent nonbelievers who have written and spoken about these extraordinary states. ~ Support the show at patreon.com/reenchantment
78 minutes | 2 months ago
The Only Sin Would Be To Pretend | Sasha Sagan
Carl Sagan was a beloved popularizer of science. His daughter, Sasha Sagan, carries on his legacy with "For Small Creatures Such As We," a book that gives practical ideas for how to live out the humane and science-driven values her father advocated in his lifetime. _ Re-Enchantment is an affiliate of Bookshop. If you buy through the link below, 10% of the proceeds will go toward supporting the podcast: https://bookshop.org/shop/reenchantment Pre-order "Something In The Water" by going to the link below: http://kck.st/3jYDqVU
45 minutes | 2 months ago
The Rise and Fall of New Atheism
New Atheism was a movement that spanned from roughly 2001 to 2013. It was characterized by an aggressive online debate style that often satirized religions, idolized science, and made many enemies along the way. New Atheists became the stereotype of what it meant to be an “atheist.” Mike and I discuss the way the movement rose to prominence, why it fell apart, and what we can learn from New Atheism moving forward.Support the show by becoming a patron at patreon.com/reenchantment
45 minutes | 2 months ago
The Rise and Fall of New Atheism | Mike Myers
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Changing Christianity | Anton Faynberg
Can a rave be worship? If an atheist meditates on Jesus, are they still an atheist? Can a changing Christianity remain vital in an increasingly secular world?Anton Faynberg and I had very similar upbringings but chose very different spiritual paths. He is a believing Christian in the Anglican tradition. I am a secular Humanist. We don't always agree, but we find both common ground and conflict as we discuss our respective beliefs.To help support the show, go to the Patreon page - patreon.com/reenchantmentFollow the show on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Re_Enchantment
62 minutes | 3 months ago
Einstein's ideas about religion have often been misunderstood. He neither believed in God nor was he an atheist. In this episode, Lecco Morris and I discuss the complex beliefs of the most famous physicists of all time. We delve into his Humanism, his commitment to pacifism, and his humbleness before the enduring mysteries of our universe. Einstein, the titan of science, was also a wise and caring man. He knew how far the circle of his knowledge extended and never claimed to see beyond. Patreon Membership — To help support me and this show, please become a member at: https://www.patreon.com/reenchantment Anything helps.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Art and Mysticism | Kythe Heller
I speak with Kythe Heller about mysticism, both old and modern, and how it intersects with art. We delve into the activism and writing of 13th century mystic Marguerite Porete, the word-weaving of the Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuña, and the sacred music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Thriving with Psychology | Bob Faw
I speak with Bob Faw about how positive psychology can help Humanists develop a rich and flourishing internal life. Religions give people ways to feel ecstatic, empathetic, humble, or part of a group. Modern psychology is piecing together what behaviors we can introduce into our lives to go beyond feeling "OK" and instead feel truly connected and wholly alive.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Occult Atheism as Kayfabe | Mike Myers
On this episode I talk with Mike Myers about the occult as "kayfabe"—a term from professional wrestling that's all about suspending disbelief. Occultism comprises many different practices such as ritual magic, tarot card reading, and more, and would seem to be the furthest possible thing from a skeptical worldview. But Mike is both a skeptic and an occultist. In this episode we talk about how that's possible and what other nonbelievers might gain from being "kayfabe occultists."
36 minutes | 4 months ago
The Power of Ritual with Casper ter Kuile
Daniel interviews Casper ter Kuile about his new book, "The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices." — We talk about the epidemic of loneliness, sacred movies, and why Casper loves singing to cows.Buy the book and learn more about Casper on his website https://www.caspertk.com/#order
14 minutes | 4 months ago
The Crisis of Meaning
Professor Anthony Kronman writes that we live in "a powerful but pointless age." Science gives us awesome knowledge and abilities, but it may sabotage something just as important: our sense of significance.You can buy Professor Kronman's book, "Education's End" here https://www.amazon.com/Educations-End-Colleges-Universities-Meaning/dp/0300143141
27 minutes | 4 months ago
Why Do Atheists Study Religion?
I interview my friend and roommate Owen Cook about why we - two atheists - have spent so much time studying religion. We talk about Buddhism, gnosticism, our origin story as roommates, and about "doing dishes." Though maybe not the kind of dishes you're thinking of.
1 minutes | 4 months ago
Daniel Lev Shkolnik is a Humanist looking for deeper, more meaningful ways to live as an atheist. Each week, he dives into ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychology to find fresh ways of making sense of our place in the universe. Daniel talks with thought leaders, both secular and religious, about how to forge meaning in the 21st century. He honestly explores complex questions about belief and science and gives listeners life-affirming tools and thought-provoking ideas to help them find wonder in a secular age. New episodes on Wednesday mornings.
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