Hi, I agree with the critical listener but I'm not sure if it's me or you. SOF became very important for me around 2004 through 2006 during the illness and death of a close family member (the hospice broadcast especially, amazing timing) but it began fading out for me around the end of 2007 to the present day. This coincided with the end of grief so I've assumed the show stopped working for me because I'm back to my normal self. I had an interesting "religion appreciation phase" for awhile there and it was surprising and important. I sort of miss it. I have wondered if SOF has spread itself too thin with so much multimedia, or if I'm only open to religious or spiritual concepts during times of great personal loss. I also wondered if SOF lost momentum while KT was working on her book (there were a lot of rebroadcasts).
I will mention that I'm very interested in hearing about Karen Armstrong's new ecumenical project (I haven't heard anything more since her months ago appearance on Bill Moyers) and Robert Wright's recent media appearances about the evolution of god have been very interesting (I'm actually on the site today to see if I've missed him on SOF). Also in general I am incredibly interested in Martin Luther King's classical education (I'm only now realizing how deeply he studied the ancient writers) and its relationship to his spiritual and political world, including the influence of Ghandi (the Thich Nhat Hanh broadcast first drew me into SOF--and made me aware of MLK's relationship with TNH).
I'm also interested in how major faith traditions have a tradition of creating very effective systems of education worldwide, from elementary schools to universities. This is true of the Catholic school system in America, which has parallel success with the development of the American public school system (especially in immigrant education), but in many urban areas today the Catholic schools have better outcomes. Can the public schools apply lessons from religious school systems yet maintain a good balance between church and state? America's elite private universities all started out as divinity schools or with other close ties to a particular faith tradition. So I'm curious about how the major faith traditions have the capacity to produce great secular thought. How do faith traditions create academic excellence (or ignorance)?
Also I've heard that Sweden's strong social support systems (healthcare, childcare, vacations, etc) are the product of a secular nation that so deeply absorbed the social behavior of its traditional Lutheranism that the country was able to enact such successful policies when so few of its population remains religiously observant (from the book, The Swedish Secret: What the United States Can Learn from Sweden’s Story by Earl Gustafson, a former member of the Minnesota state legislature). I'm very interested in Swedish culture, especially now as our country debates healthcare reform.
Ok, those are my thoughts--and I blew through my lunch hour. :-)
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