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Bart chats with Vanessa Zoltan, a research assistant at Harvard Divinity School where she graduated who has been involved with the Humanist Hub at Harvard University and is well-known for her approach to reading books like Harry Potter as a sacred text.
Among the topics covered in this episode:
- Being an atheist for solidarity
- The power of prayer?
- Lectio Divina and Harry Potter
- On shared languages and arts
- How something like that gets started
Bart’s son Roman joins him for this chat, recorded on Father’s Day, in which they contemplate the nature of ‘fathering’ and the attributes of an ideal father figure in someone’s life. What are the factors that make someone a good mentor? How can fathers establish a reality model for the person they’re mentoring but stretch to understand their world too? Is religion based on a father complex? To what extent did Bart’s own values stick with Roman, and what does Roman think now?
(Roman jumps back on the mic later for a bonus segment on Trump and the current state of the political drama in the United States, with an exchange of views about how much people should be engaged with it or care about the intricacies of what’s going on.)
Roman is a musician and songwriter living in Los Angeles.
Like Bart, Drew Bekius is a former Christian minister who stopped believing and left the faith he held for so long. In this episode, Bart and Drew talk about their journey, the view on the other side of faith, the plight of unbelieving clergy, compassion for those in that position and what they’re both doing now that they’re no longer evangelical pastors.
Ex-Mormons. Ex-Scientologists. Ex-Jehovah Witnesses. Ex-Evangelicals. They were all there at sunset at Morris Bird’s bi-annual gathering on the beach, cooking ribs and meeting each other. Some had travelled for hours to get there, desperate for community with those like them.
On this episode, Bart chats with Morris about such communities for the benefit of any of you who may be interested in doing something like this yourselves. Email Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get in touch. Email Bart at bartcampolo.org/contact.
What kind of sex are Americans having? Will the Americans of the future have different sexual values than Americans of the past? What should our sexual values be, anyhow?
Lisa Wade is a world expert – maybe the world expert – on hookup culture among U.S. college students. Her book, American Hookup, details her research into a culture that a growing number of people worry about, a topic which Bart and Lisa discuss candidly in this episode of Bart’s podcast.
Hank Green is a digital creator and content producer with popular YouTube channels such as Vlogbrothers and Crash Course. He reached out to Bart with some interesting thoughts about the digital age and humanism, leading to this podcast in which the two explore things like:
- Shared values and what helps people flourish
- Hank’s approach to productivity
- Bart’s technophobia
- The challenges of how to incorporate the internet into our lives healthfully
For more on the documentary about Bart and his dad Tony, look at campolofilm.com.
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