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Examining the varieties of religious and human experience to discover a common faith.
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Alan Bean is a writer, spiritual counselor, and the founder of Friends of Justice. Alan has spent much of his life as a Baptist pastor, but after moving to Tulia, Texas for a potential ministry position, he learned that forty-six people (thirty-nine of which were African American) had been indicted on the uncorroborated word of a corrupt undercover officer. His unexpected and dramatic transition from Baptist pastor to criminal justice reform advocate led to the founding of Friends of Justice in 2000. Since then, Alan’s work has led to the formation of advocacy organizations and pro bono attorneys who have exposed a corrupt sting, freed dozens of people from Texas prisons, changed Texas evidentiary laws and led to the disbanding of over fifty mismanaged narcotics task forces throughout Texas. These victories laid a solid foundation for 15 years of bipartisan criminal justice reform in Texas. In this episode, Alan Bean discusses his experience as a progressive Baptist, his experience at seminary, pastoral ministry, as well as his work in criminal justice reform. ---GUEST LINKS---Friends of JusticeBook: Taking Out The Trash in Tulia, Texas Articles Twitter: @alanbean5——HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW—— Donate to our patreon account. Rate and Review us on iTunes Share the podcast with your friends—— REACH OUT—— Email us : Contact pageHost: @HaydenTheBruce@PragmaticChrist
Ulf Zackariasson is a philosopher whose work centers on American pragmatism and philosophy of religion. Zackariasson teaches at Uppsala University in the Department of Theology and received his doctorate at the same institution in 2002 with the dissertation, Forces By Which We Live: Religion and Religious Experience from the Perspective of Pragmatic Philosophical Anthropology. His research interests mainly concern American pragmatism (both classical pragmatism and neopragmatism) and the possibilities it offers to process philosophical problems that arise from the human phenomenon of religion, such as questions about the role of religion in the public sphere, religious experience and moral religious criticism.—— MORE FROM ULF ZACKARIASSON—— Uppsala UniversityRelativism and Post-Truth in Contemporary Society—— JOIN THE CONVERSATION—— Keep the conversation going in the comment section below!(If you’re interested in learning more about Ulf’s work, reach out!)——HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW—— Donate to our patreon account. Rate and Review us on iTunes Share the podcast with your friends—— REACH OUT—— Email us : Contact pageHost: @HaydenTheBruce@PragmaticChrist
Andrew Jasko is a religious trauma activist and spiritual transition coach. He raises awareness about the psycho-spiritual harms of fundamentalist religion and provides resources to facilitate transition into secular life and spirituality.In this episode we discuss some alternatives to fundamentalist Christianity, and how our fundamentalism can carry into our post/ex-evangelical lives. —— MORE FROM ANDREW—— Website: LifeAfterDogma.orgTwitter: @AndrewJasko—— JOIN THE CONVERSATION—— Keep the conversation going in the comment section below!——HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW—— Donate to our patreonaccount. Rate and Review us on iTunes Share the podcast with your friends—— REACH OUT—— Email us : Contact pageHost: @HaydenTheBruce@PragmaticChrist
Andrew Jasko is a religious trauma activist and spiritual transition coach. He raises awareness about the psycho-spiritual harms of fundamentalist religion and provides resources to facilitate transition into secular life and spirituality.—— MORE FROM ANDREW—— Website: LifeAfterDogma.orgTwitter: @AndrewJasko—— JOIN THE CONVERSATION—— Keep the conversation going in the comment section below!——HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW—— Donate to our patreonaccount. Rate and Review us on iTunes Share the podcast with your friends—— REACH OUT—— Email us : Contact pageHost: @HaydenTheBruce@PragmaticChrist
Tim Keefe joins us again for part 4 of our ongoing series in American Pragmatism. The Neopragmatists were (are) a group of philosophers who appropriated pragmatist themes and helped revive American Pragmatism in the late 20th century. —— JOIN THE CONVERSATION—— Give us your feedback in the comment section below!——HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW—— Donate to our patreonaccount. Rate and Review us on iTunes Share the podcast with your friends—— REACH OUT—— Host: @HaydenTheBruce@PragmaticChrist
Tim Keefe joins us again for part 3 of our ongoing series in American Pragmatism, where we talk about the life and pragmatism of William James.William James is known as the “Father of American psychology," as well as one of the most influential philosophers to ever come out of the United States. After citing Charles Peirce’s pragmatic maxim in a lecture on religion, James became the leader of a movement in philosophy known as Pragmatism. "Pragmatism asks its usual question. "Grant an idea or belief to be true," it says, "what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone's actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? What, in short, is the truth's cash-val;ue in experiential terms” -William James, Pragmatism: A New Name For Some Old Ways Of Thinking William James—— MORE FROM TIM—— “What Is Philosophy” (Mindgasms - Youtube)“Postmodernity” (James And The Giant Podcast)—— JOIN THE CONVERSATION—— Give us your feedback in the comment section at the bottom of this page——HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW—— Donate to our patreon account. Rate and Review us on iTunes Share the podcast with your friends—— REACH OUT—— Host: @HaydenTheBruce@PragmaticChrist
“They all believed that ideas are not “out there” waiting to be discovered, but are tools— like forks and knives and microchips— that people devise to cope with the world in which they find themselves”— Louis Menand, The Metaphysical ClubAmerican Pragmatism was born out of the conversations of a small group of men who called themselves “the Metaphysical Club”. It was a group made of  lawyers, scientists, and philosophers, who shared an interest in Darwin, as well as a common conviction that beliefs have consequences. It was in this club where William James first heard Charles Peirce read his “pragmatic maxim”: “Consider what effects, which might conceivably have practical bearings, we conceive the object of our conception to have. Then, our conception of these effects is the whole of our conception of the object”. Charles S. Peirce, “Father of American Pragmatism” (1839-1914)In this episode, Tim Keefe joins the show to talk about the most influential ideas of the Metaphysical Club, as well as Charles Peirce’s “pragmatic maxim”. —— MORE FROM TIM—— “What Is Philosophy” (Mindgasms - Youtube)“Postmodernity” (James And The Giant Podcast)—— JOIN THE CONVERSATION—— Give us your feedback in the comment section below!——HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW—— Donate to our patreon account. Rate and Review us on iTunes Share the podcast with your friends—— REACH OUT—— Host: @HaydenTheBruce
Tim Keefe joins the show to discuss his life-long study in philosophy, and to help set the stage for our series on the history and ideas of American Pragmatism. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”— Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities—— JOIN THE CONVERSATION—— Learn something? Disagree? Give us your feedback in the comment section below!——HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW—— Donate to our patreon account. Please Rate and Review us on iTunes, and share the podcast with your friends!—— REACH OUT—— Host: @HaydenTheBruce@PragmaticChrist
Adam Hansen joins us for Part 3 of our “Two Atheists and a Christian” series. @Adhansen — Outsmart Your Instincts (Book)@AndrewMeintzer —  Mindgasms (youtube)@EdwardMKennedy2 — Sam’s Bulldog(youtube)@HaydenTheBrucePodcast Twitter: @PragmaticChristWhat do you think about the conversation? Comment below to leave your feedback!
Jared Byas is an author and business advisor, and co-hosts The Bible For Normal People with Pete Enns. @jbyasFacebook Book: Genesis for Normal People: A Guide to the Most Controversial, Misunderstood, and Abused Book of the Bible- @HaydenTheBruce- @PragmaticChrist
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