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Making Footprints Not Blueprints

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Welcome to “Making Footprints not Blueprints”, a regular podcast about matters philosophical and religious. My name is Andrew James Brown and, despite being myself an atheistically inclined free-thinker, I’m also the minister to the Unitarian Church in the city of Cambridge, UK.The title of this podcast is borrowed from the philosopher Herbert Fingarette (1921-2018) who, in his book, “The Self in Transformation” (Basic Books, New York 1963), offered us studies that were “outcomes rather than realised objectives” which were offered to the reader as an encouragement to make “intellectual footprints, not blueprints.” This podcast tries to proceed in a similar fashion and takes seriously an insight of the poet A. R. Ammons who felt that true human freedom only comes when we have understood that full scope always eludes our grasp, that there is no finality of vision, that we have perceived nothing completely and that, therefore, and thankfully, tomorrow a new walk is a new walk.
Episodes
S05 #04 - The work of love, or how to resist in the dark ages - A thought for the daySeptember 22, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #03 - Why Jesus’ commandment that we “love one another” is always already new - A thought for the daySeptember 16, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #02 - Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Elizabeth Regina, requiescat in pace - A thought for the daySeptember 09, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #01 - A gentle plea for a Buddhisto-Christian process religion - A thought for the daySeptember 02, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #11 (Final episode of Series 4) - Constancy and change are not opposed but inextricably connected - A thought for the dayJuly 30, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #10 - Kicking the can into hell?—A meditation written during the extreme heatwave in the UK - A thought for the dayJuly 22, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #09 - That is why I am fed up; I take pity on ‘dust and ashes!’—speaking truth to power - A thought for the dayJuly 15, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #08 - Look, there! what I mean by God! — God as event - A thought for the dayJuly 08, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #07 - God does not exist . . . but God may happen - A thought for the dayJune 29, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #06 - Founding a true Commonwealth upon a real common wealth - A thought for the dayJune 25, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #05 - Not “a cost of living crisis” but a crisis of the neoliberal project - A thought for the dayJune 17, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #04 - A reasonable but passionate plea for the recovery (or rather, re-story-ation) of apocalyptic language within liberal religion - A thought for the dayJune 10, 2022 Episode artwork S04 Bonus Episode - Slavoj Žižek on the Holy SpiritJune 10, 2022 Episode artwork S04 Bonus Episode - The fiery rope across generations and geography—a meditation for PentecostJune 04, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #03 - Our responsibility in society—two readings for Pentecost - A thought for the dayJune 04, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #02 - An anarcho-monarchist reflection at the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations - A thought for the dayMay 27, 2022 Episode artwork S04 #01 - Spiritual power beyond the known self—on the grace displayed by an unsecured (or secured) door - A thought for the dayMay 21, 2022 Episode artwork S03 #30 - Be ignited, or be gone — becoming freethinking mystics with hands - A thought for the dayApril 28, 2022 Episode artwork S03 #29 - "I have seen in my solitude very clear things that are not true" — on living the liberal religious life TOGETHER - A thought for the dayApril 22, 2022 Episode artwork S03 #28 - L’chaim! — to life! A religion without God and an ethics without absolutes—A short Easter Sunday reflectionApril 16, 2022 Episode artwork S03 #27 - Broken Hosannas—Palm Sunday - A thought for the dayApril 07, 2022 Episode artwork S03 #26 - Rock or sand, sand or rock? - why the true foundation of the spiritual life might not be what you think it is . . . - A thought for the dayApril 01, 2022 Episode artwork S03 #25 - A meditation on a Pietà, written for a Mothering Sunday during a time of war - A thought for the dayMarch 25, 2022 Episode artwork S03 #24 - Information is fast and cheap. Knowledge is slow and expensive - A thought for the dayMarch 18, 2022 Episode artwork S03 Bonus Episode - “Only a God can still save us”—a liberal religious confessionMarch 15, 2022 Episode artwork