By Ron Mourad
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Ultimate Concerns features interviews and discussions with religion experts about their research. Insights from these discussions are applied to contemporary cultural and political questions. Topics are related to many different religions (such as Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism) and methods of study (such as literary studies, history, theology, and philosophy). Ron Mourad, professor of religious studies at Albion College, hosts the show.
||CleanAn American Missionary in Wartime China||Charles Bright and Joseph Ho on American Missionaries in China||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Created ISIS?||Christopher Davidson on "Shadow Wars"||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTemple Transformations||Vasudha Narayanan on Hindu Temples in America||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYoga Remix 1800||Peter Valdina on Modern Yoga||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Wicked World||Peter Kaufman on Augustine and Political Pessimism||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerican Islamophobia||Carl Ernst on Islamophobia in America: Anatomy of Intolerance||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVasubandhu and Virtual Reality||Jonathan Gold on Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpeaking of Theology||Paul Griffiths discusses The Practice of Catholic Theology: A Modest Proposal||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeaven Only Knows||Paul Griffiths on Decreation: The Last Things of All Creatures||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComputers Made of Meat?||Dan Arnold on Brains, Buddhas, and Believing||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRejected Prophets||with Jocelyn McWhirter||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Funny, erudite, provocative
Congratulations to Ron Mourad for making a podcast that tackles advanced topics in an accessible way. His flashes of humor and good-natured dorkiness keep even the most esoteric conversations grounded in real human enthusiasm. Highly recommended!
Computers Made of Meat?
I listened to this in the morning and through about it all day. What more could you want from a podcast? Really high level discussion of the philosophy of consiousnessness. An excellent listen!
Ultimate Concerns: Rejected Prophets
I've enjoyed learing how authors are constructing their own arguments, often based on prior works...as if archeologists constructing a history, or detectives assembling a case.
Much better than religious podcasts with folks who state little more than
"In my heart of hearts, I believe this...."
Great insight to the religious academics and why they are important.