Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

After interviewing Dr. Hector Avalos during our last two episodes of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we decided to do a short recap on some of the topics covered at our recent Religion and Violence conference, held at Concordia (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) last June. In this episode, André Gagné, Calogero A. Miceli and Costa Babalis briefly discuss the content of their papers and the purpose for hosting such a conference. Please note that an edited volume of the papers is currently in the works. Listeners will be informed in the coming weeks when the publication will be available for purchase.

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In this last episode dedicated to Phil Zuckerman's book Living the Secular Life, we discuss the concept of "aweism". Zuckerman recognizes that theists, atheists, and agnostics do not understand everything about life; there are still "mysteries" about the world and the universe that one cannot yet grasp. What is life's purpose? How do we understand our place in the universe? Accordingly, Zuckerman says that "a lack of belief in God does not render this world any less wondrous, lush, mystifying, or amazing... One need not have God to feel and experience awe. One just needs life."

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February 23, 2015  
They are growing in numbers and are known to most sociologists of religion as the "nones", people who have "no religion". They either have not been raised in a traditional religious household or simply abandoned religion altogether. Most "nones" feel no need for religion in their lives, nor do they have any time to devote to religious activities. These individuals live a complete secular life, devoid of any religious tradition or affiliation. The next few episodes of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast will be dedicated to explaining such a way of life. This secular option has been studied by Phil Zuckerman in a recent book entitled: Living the Secular Life. New Answers to Old Questions. We will discuss aspects of Zuckerman's book and see how secular people can also live moral and meaningful lives without religion.

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