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49 - A Conversation about Spiritual Experience and Atheism

The God Experiment

Release Date: 02/20/2020

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The God Experiment

Jeremiah talks about one of the basic building blocks of our relationships with God and others. The hypothesis is that in a healthy relationship, all wants and needs are discussed directly. The experiment is to communicate your interests and listen for the interests of the others.

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The God Experiment

In this episode Jeremiah talks about simply enjoying where you are. The hypothesis is that we should intentionally fight against the instinct to constantly look for the next big thing. The experiment is to smell the roses along our journey with God. And there are a lot of roses!

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84 - When Our Needs Go Unanswered show art 84 - When Our Needs Go Unanswered

The God Experiment

Jeremiah talks about what's going on when we have needs that seem to go unfulfilled in God. The hypothesis is that there are genuine reasons why we may not receive answers from God, but that it is never because God doesn't care. The experiment is to meditate, examine, discuss, and pray about our needs to find clarity from God.

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The God Experiment

In this episode, Jeremiah has a conversation with his father, exploring the question: "What is worship?" The hypothesis is that bowing down is the foundational act at the root of worship. The experiment is to practice bowing down in your heart to God.

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82 - The Integrity of 82 - The Integrity of "I Don't Know"

The God Experiment

In this episode, Jeremiah talks about humility and integrity. The hypothesis is that we should trust God more than we trust our own knowledge. The experiment is to practice saying “I don't know.”

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The God Experiment

The hypothesis of this episode is that whatever we give out is what we receive, whether positive or negative, and that this is an important spiritual principle which has profound effects on lives. The experiment is to identify what you need, and intentionally take action to give that out to others.

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The God Experiment

In this episode Jeremiah talks about making external changes to help our internal lives. The hypothesis is that sometimes we need to update our spaces or our schedules in order to accommodate internal change. The experiment is to look at how your needs and desires have shifted and to rearrange one external thing to help you in your spiritual life.

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The God Experiment

Jeremiah has another conversation with his friend Lewis. In this episode, they discuss the historical evolution of prayer, as well as the importance of contemplation and waiting on the Lord.

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The God Experiment

In this episode, Jeremiah continues the exploration of the Lord's Prayer that he started in episode 43. The hypothesis of this episode is that the second verse of the Lord's Prayer is one of the most effective prayers we could ever make. The experiment is to use the second verse of the Lord's prayer as a guidepost in your own creative prayer about God's Will.

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The God Experiment

Jeremiah celebrates the one year anniversary of The God Experiment by looking at some highlights from the episodes released in the last year. Sometimes it is helpful to take a step back and get a big-picture view of something. So prepare your mind and heart, because we're going to talk about many cool things.

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Jeremiah has a conversation with his friend Seth Schoen about their adversarial collaboration on spiritual experience. Their collaboration explored the nature of spiritual experience as it is studied empirically from a number of perspectives, and was published on the website Slate Star Codex. This podcast conversation also covers such topics as psychological research on spiritual experience, near death experiences, entheogenic experiences, and how to have conversations across the atheist/theist divide.