PODCAST

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.

S03 #30 - Be ignited, or be gone — becoming freethinking mystics with hands - A thought for the dayS03 #29 - "I have seen in my solitude very clear things that are not true" — on living the liberal religious life TOGETHER - A thought for the dayS03 #28 - L’chaim! — to life! A religion without God and an ethics without absolutes—A short Easter Sunday reflectionS03 #27 - Broken Hosannas—Palm Sunday - A thought for the dayS03 #26 - Rock or sand, sand or rock? - why the true foundation of the spiritual life might not be what you think it is . . . - A thought for the dayS03 #25 - A meditation on a Pietà, written for a Mothering Sunday during a time of war - A thought for the dayS03 #24 - Information is fast and cheap. Knowledge is slow and expensive - A thought for the dayS03 Bonus Episode - “Only a God can still save us”—a liberal religious confessionS03 #23 - “Please save my dolly” — on the sharing of experience and a politics of solidarity - A thought for the dayS03 #22 - “Love the hell out of this world”—a further lesson to be learnt from the Russian invasion of the Ukraine - A thought for the dayS03 #21 - A political-theological ghost story — a lesson to be learnt from the Russian invasion of the Ukraine - A thought for the dayS03 #20 - The goat path ahead less travelled by . . . or Liberal religion back at the crossroads - A thought for the dayS03 #19 - Feeling the double movement of roots and fruits - A thought for the dayS03 #18 - No one is ever alone if they can see the countless lives supporting them - A thought for the dayS03 #17 - Faith does not consist in believing something wonderful . . . - A thought for the dayS03 #16 - The parable of the mischievously wise physics teacher - A thought for the dayS03 #15 - On baseball gloves and liberal religion  - A thought for the dayS03 #14 - Gold, frankincense and myrrh or a teapot, an empty jam tin, and a cabbage leaf? A short, secular religious thought for Epiphany - A thought for the dayS03 #13 - John Keat’s ‘negative capability’ and COVID-19 - A thought for the dayS03 #12 - The New Being — A short, secular religious thought for Christmas Day