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Ministry of Ideas

Zachary Davis

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Ministry of Ideas

Ministry of Ideas

Zachary Davis

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A podcast about the ideas that shape our lives.

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A podcast about the ideas that shape our world.

Latest Episodes

Welcome To Valhalla

Heathenry, a modern movement drawing on pre-Christian pagan religions, has become associated with the violent, racialized politics of the alt-right. Less well known is the fight to make heathenry--and the progressive values it can promote--inclusive and open to all.

29 MIN1 w ago
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Welcome To Valhalla

Stealing the Canon

Literary canons have come under fire for perpetuating privilege and exclusion. But some artists — including William Shakespeare and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda — show us how canons can actually build community and democracy.

31 MINMAY 5
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Stealing the Canon

Climate of Denial

Human-caused climate change is real and growing in impact. Yet many Americans see climate change as a belief that they can opt out of. Two belief structures are to blame: American Protestantism and postmodernism.

33 MINAPR 28
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Climate of Denial

Progressive Souls, Part 2

Religious people have played an important role in progressive politics in the US for its entire history. Contemporary leftists should look to build bridges and include religious voices in the pursuit of a more just and sustainable society. (Part Two of Two)

24 MIN2019 APR 22
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Progressive Souls, Part 2

Progressive Souls, Part 1

Religious people have played an important role in progressive politics in the US for its entire history. Contemporary leftists should look to build bridges and include religious voices in the pursuit of a more just and sustainable society.

27 MIN2019 APR 15
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Progressive Souls, Part 1

MOI Bonus Episode #1

Exclusive EpisodeIts just so good.

17 MIN2019 MAR 21
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MOI Bonus Episode #1

The Myth of Modernity

Many think modernity is about the rise of science, the spread of democracy and capitalism, or the decline of religion or superstition. But those stories ignore the bigger picture about colonialism and race.

34 MIN2018 NOV 9
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The Myth of Modernity

Spiritual Machines

Ever since early scientists began experimenting with immortality elixirs in the middle ages, religion has been influencing transhumanism. Now, we’re beginning to see transhumanism influencing religion.

30 MIN2018 AUG 31
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Spiritual Machines

Shifting Blame

We claim to judge people for what they intentionally do, but accidents often influence our judgments. In our justice systems, people can be harshly and unfairly blamed for bad luck—but in our personal lives, taking on blame isn’t always a bad thing.

27 MIN2018 JUL 25
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Shifting Blame

Nothing Matters

Between the Buddhist doctrine of ‘emptiness,’ the Jewish idea of Ayin, and the quantum mechanical zero-point energy of a vacuum, it turns out there’s quite a lot to be said about Nothing.

27 MIN2018 JUL 10
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Nothing Matters

Latest Episodes

Welcome To Valhalla

Heathenry, a modern movement drawing on pre-Christian pagan religions, has become associated with the violent, racialized politics of the alt-right. Less well known is the fight to make heathenry--and the progressive values it can promote--inclusive and open to all.

29 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Welcome To Valhalla

Stealing the Canon

Literary canons have come under fire for perpetuating privilege and exclusion. But some artists — including William Shakespeare and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda — show us how canons can actually build community and democracy.

31 MINMAY 5
Comments
Stealing the Canon

Climate of Denial

Human-caused climate change is real and growing in impact. Yet many Americans see climate change as a belief that they can opt out of. Two belief structures are to blame: American Protestantism and postmodernism.

33 MINAPR 28
Comments
Climate of Denial

Progressive Souls, Part 2

Religious people have played an important role in progressive politics in the US for its entire history. Contemporary leftists should look to build bridges and include religious voices in the pursuit of a more just and sustainable society. (Part Two of Two)

24 MIN2019 APR 22
Comments
Progressive Souls, Part 2

Progressive Souls, Part 1

Religious people have played an important role in progressive politics in the US for its entire history. Contemporary leftists should look to build bridges and include religious voices in the pursuit of a more just and sustainable society.

27 MIN2019 APR 15
Comments
Progressive Souls, Part 1

MOI Bonus Episode #1

Exclusive EpisodeIts just so good.

17 MIN2019 MAR 21
Comments
MOI Bonus Episode #1

The Myth of Modernity

Many think modernity is about the rise of science, the spread of democracy and capitalism, or the decline of religion or superstition. But those stories ignore the bigger picture about colonialism and race.

34 MIN2018 NOV 9
Comments
The Myth of Modernity

Spiritual Machines

Ever since early scientists began experimenting with immortality elixirs in the middle ages, religion has been influencing transhumanism. Now, we’re beginning to see transhumanism influencing religion.

30 MIN2018 AUG 31
Comments
Spiritual Machines

Shifting Blame

We claim to judge people for what they intentionally do, but accidents often influence our judgments. In our justice systems, people can be harshly and unfairly blamed for bad luck—but in our personal lives, taking on blame isn’t always a bad thing.

27 MIN2018 JUL 25
Comments
Shifting Blame

Nothing Matters

Between the Buddhist doctrine of ‘emptiness,’ the Jewish idea of Ayin, and the quantum mechanical zero-point energy of a vacuum, it turns out there’s quite a lot to be said about Nothing.

27 MIN2018 JUL 10
Comments
Nothing Matters
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