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Making Footprints Not Blueprints

Andrew James Brown/Caute

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.

Recent Episodes

S03 #08 - Omnia migrant — a short, Advent meditation on the fundamental condition of movement and migration - A thought for the dayNovember 26, 2021 Episode artwork S03 #07 - Beautiful ruins: stronger by weakness, wiser we can become - A thought for the dayNovember 20, 2021 Episode artwork S03 #06 - Love your enemy — a reminder for Remembrance Sunday - A thought for the dayNovember 12, 2021 Episode artwork S03 #05 - Lucifer the light-bringer - A thought for the dayNovember 06, 2021 Episode artwork S03 #04 - A Halloween ghost story for the start of the COP26 climate change meetings in Glasgow - A thought for the dayOctober 29, 2021 Episode artwork S03 #03 - To clear our minds of selfish care - A thought for the dayOctober 23, 2021 Episode artwork S03 #02 - The parable of the chipmunk—letting be, listening and seeing - A thought for the dayOctober 16, 2021 Episode artwork S03 #01 - Levelling up? - A thought for the dayOctober 09, 2021 Episode artwork Bonus Episode - Some personal reflections on the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001September 11, 2021 Episode artwork Bonus Episode - On fans, thirteen blackbirds and the ineffable heart of all thingsSeptember 03, 2021 Episode artwork S02 #04 - The freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today—Part Five - A Short Postscript, June 2021June 02, 2021 Episode artwork S02 #03 - The Freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today - Parts Three & Four - Becoming Archaeologists of Morning & men and women without a positionMay 22, 2021 Episode artwork S02 #02 - The Freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today - Part Two - Becoming Free SpiritsMay 15, 2021 Episode artwork S02 #01 - The Freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today - Part One - A beginningMay 08, 2021 Episode artwork Bonus Episode - A mischevious spring meditation on Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”April 24, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #27 - Adopting the role of umpire and letting the role of player go (End of Series One)April 17, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #26 - Cancelling my subscription to the Resurrection and truly living the death of GodApril 03, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #25 - Jesus or Barabbas, Carl Schmitt and Little Red Riding HoodMarch 27, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #24 - Firm ground is not available groundMarch 20, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #23 - The mother of matter is the matter of the mother - A poetic, supreme fiction for our ageMarch 13, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #22 - More speed? More strength? More consumption? More Things?March 06, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #21 - What learning to play jazz can tell us about the need for a liberal religious disciplineFebruary 27, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #20 - Overcoming Christianity by incorporation and verwindungFebruary 20, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #19 - Sappho’s time-scissored work—A new-materialist meditation for Valentine’s DayFebruary 13, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #18 - By the wayFebruary 06, 2021 Episode artwork