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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 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 #11 - It’s such a surprise because it’s just the beginning—an Advent meditation - A thought for the dayNovember 26, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #10 - Seek simplicity and distrust it - A thought for the dayNovember 18, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #09 - A nascent form of integral, liberal, free religious worship - A thought for the dayNovember 05, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #08 - A free religion radiant with a humanising light that the darkness will never overcome - A thought for the dayOctober 28, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #07 - Creating a liberal, free religion appropriate for the possible incoming sea of faith - A thought for the dayOctober 21, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #06 - Tiny seeds and tiny words of love, freedom and justice. Scatter them. — Resisting the neoliberal onslaught - A thought for the dayOctober 08, 2022 Episode artwork S05 #05 - The reflection worth indulging doesn’t know where it is going—A fantasia on a passage by Henry Bugbee - A thought for the dayOctober 01, 2022 Episode artwork 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 #03 - Our responsibility in society—two readings for Pentecost - A thought for the dayJune 04, 2022 Episode artwork S04 Bonus Episode - The fiery rope across generations and geography—a meditation for PentecostJune 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