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Originally aired Aug. 24, 2020
John gives his post-show analysis & bring his questions to Jared and comments
to follow up on the recent TAP episode regarding Eastern Orthodoxy--
a different side of the Occident’s story to counter modern madness.
It's a topic we don't know much about but find interesting.
Much here about what religion actually is, personal questions, the modern attacks on truth and meaning...
~ABOUT THIS PROJECT~
We are living in a time of tremendous change in the world, perhaps even a transition between epochs. Using our thought and speech to the best we can on this show, we commit to navigate the questions and challenges of such times.
We take a spirit and intention of harmony and holistic thinking as our guide, seeking to avoid many either/or pitfalls that too easily result in confusion, disintegration, and harm.
This does not mean rendering everything limply neutral and “moderate,” for we primarily believe in a harmony between curious openness and strong boundaries.
We lament the loss of meaning, purpose and virtue that many modern people experience, but can also critique older notions whose blind spots got us here, or examine nefarious schemes currently pushing anti-life agendas—even if these are publicly presented as “evolved,” “enlightened,” and “inevitable.”
We can enjoy the spread of ideas, mobility and resources in a more connected world while fiercely advocating for the remarkable distinctions that signify the unique peoples and cultures of earth, of course most apt to address and rehabilitate our own as men of European descent.
We believe in truth, beauty and goodness and see how irony and nihilism are wrecking peoples’ lives.
All the while we insist on a generous spirit where appropriate and keep a lightness in our hearts, for the world certainly doesn’t need any more bitterness.
Please join us if this intrigues you.
Originally aired in Aug. 22, 2020
We welcomed our first-ever Eastern Orthodox guest for a deep dive
and to explore why the countries where that faith is prominent
are generally faring better, a subject worthy of all of our attention.
This was a different kind of episode of The After Party where we were
learning on air about a subject we know little about, the same as most of the listeners.
Jared had been a bit of a "method actor" for this one, researching and even practicing
this faith to some degree for six weeks in preparation.
Jared's opening statement provides much detail and parameters
to help the listener glean the most from this episode without jumping to unnecessary conclusions
on what we know is a controversial topic in our spheres.
As we've had several folkish/pagan guests on TAP previously,
we wanted to hear more about Eastern Orthodoxy
as a means to present a rich and varied presentation
that could inspire further investigation for those who feel compelled,
and more clarity and understanding for those who have negative associations with Christianity,
particularly through the lens of orthodoxy,
which has important distinctions from Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.