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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

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 S01 #17 - The case for an Ecstatic HumanismJanuary 30, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #16 - "Little children, love one another", or how to bore the pants off your audienceJanuary 22, 2021 Episode artwork Bonus Episode - A Service of Mindful MeditationJanuary 15, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #15 - On the need to take even strokesJanuary 09, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #14 - An ass eats its hay and a gardener turns their spade in readiness for the New Year (2021)January 02, 2021 Episode artwork S01 #13 - Accepting the problem posed by Christmas Day but without necessarily accepting the Christian solutionDecember 23, 2020 Episode artwork S01 #12 - Steps, not-steps, promises and the art of metaphysical hitchhikingDecember 12, 2020 Episode artwork S01 #011 - How Nietzsche helps us better prepare to celebrate Advent & ChristmasDecember 05, 2020 Episode artwork S01 #10 - What was, must be testedNovember 28, 2020 Episode artwork S01 #09 - When is ruination not (quite) ruination?November 21, 2020 Episode artwork S01 #08 - Live the questions nowNovember 14, 2020 Episode artwork S01 #07 - This monument is for the unknown good in our enemiesNovember 08, 2020 Episode artwork S01 #06 - The Subtle Deer meets Jesus & SocratesOctober 31, 2020 Episode artwork