In a similar vein to my article Spirituality without Superstition, author Eric Maisel has started a new podcast for unbelievers who are interested in making meaning in their lives, called (somewhat tongue-in-cheek, with an ironic hat-tip to evangelical pastor Rick Warren), “Your Purpose-Centered Life.”
Here’s the introduction from the first episode:
Tens of millions of Americans like youâ€”thoughtful, sensitive, book-reading Americans who bought and read Sam Harrisâ€™s The End of Faith, Daniel Dennettâ€™s Breaking the Spell, Christopher Hitchensâ€™ God is Not Great and Richard Dawkinsâ€™ The God Delusion, and who keep books like Viktor Franklâ€™s Manâ€™s Search for Meaning a perennial bestsellerâ€”are looking for a coherent plan to follow as they try to make sense of modern life. Books like The End of Faith have helped articulate the problem but many people are still looking for answers. Rick Warrenâ€™s The Purpose Driven Life speaks to one America and provides one sort of answer. I hope that this show will speak to the other America, to those millions of people who want to create a meaningful life based on thoughtful evaluation and self-directed meaning-making.
Definitely worth listening to. I’ll be writing a more detailed review of the podcast in a week or two, and interviewing Eric about his ideas of spirituality and meaning-making for atheists. But I wanted to let you know about this right away so you could start listening at the beginning. Each episode is brief — less than 15 minutes — so you can dip in without making a huge time investment.