Peasants & Emperors is a podcast presenting topics related to democracy, science, culture, women’s issues, current events and critical thinking. A new podcast is produced and available for listening/download approximately every two weeks.
In episode 13, the Hooligans discuss the recent under-reported protests in Washington, D.C. while also attempting to tackle the question as to whether or not science is compatible with religion.
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Notes & Clarifications
1). The Democracy Spring’s website can be accessed by clicking here.
2). Peter Abelard (1079-1142 AD) was a highly influential philosopher during the medieval period. His work led to a greater acceptance of the authority of Aristotle and Plato by the Catholic Church. He laid down four basic rules for argument and investigation which seem pretty modern: firstly, we must use systematic doubt and question everything; secondly, we need to learn the difference between statements of rational proof and those merely of persuasion; thirdly, be precise in your use of words and expect the same precision from others; and finally, watch for error (even in the Bible). Although Abelard claimed his attacks on authority were aimed only at finding the truth, the Church did not appreciate his efforts; nonetheless, his methodology was eventually adopted by ecclesiastical authorities several decades after his death in 1142.
3). In the podcast, Rick made reference to an early Christian heresy where Jesus switched bodies with Simon of Cyrene before being crucified. This idea formed part of one of the various Gnostic heresies. You can read more about it in Bart D. Ehrman’s book The Last Gospel of Judas Iscariot (page 110).