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Critical Mass

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Description

Critical Mass is a podcast about science, religion, and the way they affect one another and the world around us. The show is the brainchild of two writers and former reporters, one who covered and wrote about science, the other who covered and wrote about religion. Each week, the hosts look at issues from the week’s news in which science and/or religion played a major role, discuss an important moment in history that affected science or religion (or both), and look at one work of art that reflects either a scientific or a religious interpretation of the world. If the show has a central thesis (which we are not yet certain it does), it likely goes something like this: Science and religion are not opposing forces, nor are they mutually exclusive realms. They are complementary, interconnected, and at times overlapping systems of thought, both of which hold tremendous power to affect the world in good ways and bad ways.

Customer Reviews

Balanced and Conversational

I’ve been a Tom Breen fan ever since my sister thrust a copy of “The Messiah Formerly Known as Jesus” in my hands and said, “you’ll love this, y’all both love wrestling”. His twitter feed led me to this podcast. The podcast is Tom Breen, a former journalist, author, and unlikely Catholic ( his words ) and Tim Miller, who best I can tell is a combination of a trained scientist ( I want to say physics? ) but also an actor. This combination is strange enough that it might be wrong, but I’m pretty sure it’s right.

Each week the two pick a topic from the news / the arts / history or pop cultures that has a direct intersection between the realms of Science and Religion ( though obviously in this case Religion predominantly means Roman Catholic Christian ). They do a great job of keeping the podcast conversational in tone and nature - outside the first couple of episodes, it feels like you’re listening to two friends talk back and forth about some very interesting topics.

Breen’s responses to various questions are interesting because they typically bend towards historic Christian reactions to similar situations rather than attempting to divine the one true “Christian response” to questions such as Colonialism.

If you aren’t religiously inclined, you won’t be put off by Tom Breen’s comments. If you believe people in the realm of Science have been unduly harsh towards religious individuals, you’ll find Tim Miller’s thoughts refreshing and honest.

Highly recommend.

Interesting, Informative, and Balanced

I’ve known Tim for some time, and he’s been long been interested in the notion that many today treat Science as a sort of religion, taking scientific findings on faith and treating scientists as a sort of priest class. In Tom, he’s found someone with really interesting and complementary perspective on religious history, who is also a person of faith, to explore these ideas. They have a great rapport with one another, and are really fun to listen to — interesting, funny, and I learn something about film or history or current events every time I listen!

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