MINISTRY OF IDEAS IS
A PODCAST ABOUT THE IDEAS
THAT SHAPE OUR WORLD.


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Introducing Ministry of Ideas

Ministry of Ideas is a podcast devoted to exploring the philosophy, history and ideas of our world. 


SEASON TWO


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EPISODE 12: CHILD's PLAY

We shouldn’t be dismissive of the popularity of children’s literature among adults, as it is often in these works of fiction that powerful themes such as death, love, and virtue are most deeply and imaginatively explored.

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EPISODE 13: CONSUMED

Cannibalism has been used for centuries to define the lowest form of humanity, but the story isn't as straightforward as it may seem. Turns out, there may be a logic - or even a love - to eating people.

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EPISODE 14: APOCALYPTIC POLITICS

Evangelical voters made up a significant portion of Donald Trump’s base in the 2016 presidential election. Their political agenda may not be peace or prosperity, but instead bringing us closer to the end of time.

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EPISODE 15: TOMORROW, TODAY

World’s fairs were created to celebrate industry, technology, imperialism, western supremacy, and progress; but they also led to unexpected critiques and movements that challenged those very purposes.

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EPISODE 16: 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.

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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.

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EPISODE 18: 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.

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EPISODE 19: 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.

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EPISODE 20: PROGRESSIVE SOULS

 

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.

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SEASON ONE


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Episode 2: SERIOUSLY Funny

What happens when politics becomes comedy and the jester becomes the king? 

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Episode 3:Generation Why?

Who gets to define generational cohorts and do they obscure more than illuminate?

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EpIsode 10: Enlightened cynicism

Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in institutions isn’t more hope, but more cynicism?

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