@mike Rachel is in Season 1 episode 4, Unity, which I will never forget as it was the first time I had heard Rachel speak. I vividly remember listening to that episode while walking around on campus, trying not to laugh and cry too much as Rachel described faith as something other than a set of categorical beliefs. That episode is probably what left the door of Christianity as a community open to me even when my beliefs no longer "belonged".

"If you can speak in tongues you can scat." - my friend Bruno

@Ricci That's probably more true than my experience reflects. Thinking back I largely focused on ethics, phenomenology, and existentialism, and I particularly avoided metaphysics and early modern philosophy. From my tangential experiences the latter are more similar to what you have described.

@Ricci classes on a single philosopher were actually my favourite (Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger), because you really got time to dig into what was flawed about their ideas, or to better understand the context of their worldview, so in that way I would agree that history is a part of the context. Too many white dudes? Absolutely. Can't disagree with that. (2/2)

@Ricci hmm. I have a degree in philosophy that I very much appreciate, and that played a very helpful role in my de- and re- construction process. Perhaps it depends what school you go to, but I rarely had a class that did not involve learning at least two opposed ideas. I learned how to navigate different ideas and interpret arguments generously (one of the most useful things I have ever learned). I can't think of a single class that idolized a philosopher or particular worldview. (1/2)

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@tommyschnabel "How can I introduce more levels of mediation into my life?" Sounds about right

@joeld It's funny, I actually remember finding it hard to relate to history in school ''real'. The people never felt like real people, more like stories. Looking back it's because I was learning about stories, not real people.

@joeld That's a problem by no means exclusive to Nixey.

@joeld @joeld yeah I was aware it didn't directly respond to her points in the podcast, but it does touch on some of her baseline arguments, primarily that Christianity was the cause of the *moral* decline of the Roman Empire. I find popular history books frustrating because they always mold the details to construct a narrative. Actual history is much more nuanced and is far worse at making clear political points applicable (and marketable) to modern readers.

@joeld so here is where I get to start plugging /r/askhistorians, which is one of the best historical resources available to us laypeople today.

reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/com

A bit of looking around and it seems her ideas are neither new nor well regarded in the academic history community.

Claiming early Rome as pluralist and tolerant, until the bad Christians came into power should be a suspect line of reasoning.

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