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Paradise and Utopia

Fr. John Strickland and Ancient Faith Radio

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Reflections on the Rise and Fall of Christendom - A series of forty reflections on the history of Christian civilization, or Christendom. The entire podcast is organized around the theme of "paradise and utopia" - that is, of the civilization's orientation toward the kingdom of heaven when traditional Christianity was influential, and of its "disorientation" toward the fallen world in the wake of traditional Christianity's decline in the west following the Great Schism.
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Two theologians walk into a bar... No, seriously: This podcast is about the real world of politics and current events, seen through the lens of Catholic teaching and spirituality. Your hosts, Fr. Dan Horan and David Dault, bring you a mix of perspectives, from Abbey Road to Metaphysical Graffiti. Dan is a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest. David is a radio producer and Catholic convert. They both have doctorates in theology. It is the best possible kind of nerdy.
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David end season 14 with a look at the media they've been consuming lately, as well as looking at a recent Supreme Court case that might affect care for the homeless. Then Heidi interviews Sr. Elizabeth Johnson. Have a great summer, and we'll see you in the fall! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Fr. Daniel, Heidi, and David talk about the recent DDF instruction on human dignity, with an eye to its implications for LGBTQIA+ communities. Next, they look at the life and legacy of Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, and Heidi interviews Professor Natalia Imperatori-Lee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Returning to a literary career after a decade of exile, Fyodor Dostoevsky confronted one of the great delusions of secular humanism: that man is ultimately a rational being whose happiness depends on the exercise of self-interest. Characters in his novels The Idiot and Demons were designed to demonstrate that nihilistic self-destruction is the only…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David look at the recent ‘prayer’ event held in support of Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago, and Heidi and Daniel teach David some things about basketball. Also, Heidi interviews Bruce Morrill, Chair of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University about the upcoming Eucharistic Congress Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon…
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In this summary of the second chapter of his book, The Age of Nihilism, Fr. John discusses the early life and faith and incarceration of Russia's great novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Unlike his contemporaries--particularly Nietzsche--the novelist found in traditional Christianity the only hope for a Christendom living under the terrible specter of nih…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David discuss Super Tuesday and the State of the Union address, then they look at the recent collapse of the ultra-right-wing website, Church Militant, and Heidi interviews Michael O'Loughlin, recently named Executive Director of Outreach Catholic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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In this final presentation on the nihilistic philosophy of Nietzsche, Fr. John considers the philosopher's final work, an autobiography entitled Ecce Homo. The book's strange title is discussed in light of Nietzsche's claim to be the West's alternative to Christ. The episode ends with a spiritual and psychological reflection on why, having complete…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David look at recent court rulings that have resulted in confusing and at points disastrous consequences for parents undergoing IVF treatments. Next they look at Texas AG Ken Paxton's recent accusations against Annunciation House, a ministry serving migrants, and Heidi interviews Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, Director of the In…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David talk about the "He Gets Us" ad campaign, and who might be funding it. Then they look at recent discussions around priestly celibacy, and a meeting of the Council of Cardinals to discuss women's issues with some actual women, and Heidi interviews author Joyce Rupp about Lent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David look at the implications of the recent defamation suit against Donald Trump, and talk about the role of journalism in 21st-century Catholic life, and Heidi interviews Ansel Augustine about the synod and the experiences of Black Catholics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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The 2024 election cycle has begun, and Fr. Daniel, Heidi, and David discuss what the Iowa Caucus can tell us about next November, then we discuss the implications of the recent document on blessing same-sex couples, and Heidi interviews political scientist and friend of the show, Steven P. Millies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.…
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Friedrich Nietzsche is in many ways the father of modern nihilism. In this episode, Fr. John describes the philosopher's relationship to the atheism of contemporary utopian Christendom, and how the music of Richard Wagner played a role in leading him toward nihilism. As with previous episodes, this one introduces the listener to some music that is …
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In this episode, Fr. John begins an account of Friedrich Nietzsche by discussing Richard Wagner, a direct influence on the philosopher whose infidelity with women and famous operatic work, The Ring of the Nibelung, helped inspire the coming age of nihilism.By Fr. John Strickland and Ancient Faith Radio
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For our last episode of Season 13, Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David talk about the UN Climate Change Conference, Heidi interviews Bishop John Stowe, OFM, about the work of Pax Christi, and we talk about what we've been reading, watching, and listening to lately. We'll be back for Season 14 starting in mid-January. A blessed Advent, a Merry Christmas, a…
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Happy Thanksgiving! Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David look at the recent ouster of Tyler, Texas Bishop Strickland, and what it might mean for the growing divisions in the Church. Then they look at a recent court battle over voting rights in Arkansas, and what it might mean for the upcoming election. Finally, Heidi interviews theologian and professor tim…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David look at the recent testimony of former President Donal Trump, and the recent election of Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House, and discuss what this might mean for our democratic institutions, and Heidi talks with Fr. James Martin, SJ, about the recent Synod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David reflect on the last four weeks of the Synod, and give their thoughts on the recently-released synthesis document, and Heidi interviews NCR Vatican correspondent, Christopher White Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Sandburg Media
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David explore the dysfunction at the top levels of the Republican party, as demonstrated by the recent vacancy of the Speaker of the House, and discuss Laudate Deum, the recent addendum to Laudato Si’. In our last segment, Heidi interviews Kate McElwee, executive director of the Women's Ordination Conference Learn more about …
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David discuss the threat of government shutdown and its effects on the vulnerable, and look at the recent friction in Cologne, Germany over the blessing of same-sex unions, and Heidi interviews Brian Flanagan of New Ways Ministry Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David look at the mixed Catholic response to the ongoing migrant crisis here in America and abroad, they look at the writers' and actors' strikes through a lens of Catholic Social Teaching, and Heidi interviews LA Times columnist Gustavo Arellano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David kick off season 13 with a look back at the non-stop events of the summer, including the four indictments (so far) against former President Donald Trump, and they look ahead to the upcoming Season of Creation, in light of our ongoing and worsening climate crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho…
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In this introduction to the final part of Paradise and Utopia, Fr. John reads the prologue to his recently released book, The Age of Nihilism: Christendom from the Great War to the Culture Wars. The episode introduces the nihilistic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the role compositions by Richard Wagner played in his formation. Included are mus…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David go on the road for a live taping at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. They end season 12 by looking ahead to Pride month in June, and to the 2024 election, as well as talking about what they've been watching and reading. Please join them for Season 13, starting in September! Learn more about your ad choices. Vi…
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David talk about the future prospects of space flight, the recent statements by Tennessee bishops in the gun control debate, and the next phase of the Synod on Synodality Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Sandburg Media
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Heidi, Fr. Daniel, and David discuss the recent actions of the Tennessee Legislature, the potential scandal brewing around Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and the recent repudiation of the so-called "Doctrine of Discovery" by the Vatican Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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In this final episode of part three of the podcast, Fr. John Strickland traces the outcome of secular humanism in the case of the Russian Revolution. Though numerous Orthodox Christians warned of the impending disaster facing a post-Christian Christendom, Vladimir Lenin and his Bolsheviks took advantage of discontent caused by the First World War t…
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Fr. Daniel, Heidi, and David discuss the plans from the Biden administration to shut down COVID testing and support in the coming weeks, the recent guidance document from the Committee on Doctrine at the USCCB regarding Transgender persons, and how we are preparing for the coming of Holy Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad…
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Fr. Daniel, Heidi, and David look at the recent suit brought by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News, the recent accusations by Bishop Paprocki against his brother Bishops, and an exploration of the untapped possibilities of the Holy Spirit in our faith lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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