In this episode, in classic Counter Position fashion, Andrew starts to finish his discussion from yesterday about Holy Friendship in a Hypersexualized World, but first reflects on some thoughts from meeting Fr. Wojciech Girtych O.P., the theologian to the papal household the night before. In the process of expressing the gratitude he felt hearing Fr. Girtych compare the freedom of the structure of our American Republic to the government centric oppressive nature of life in Europe, Andrew gets lost on a rabbit trail on the American political life, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the place of love in Catholic Social Doctrine. In the process covers everything from Aristotle’s concept of man as a political animal, Thomas Jefferson’s love of St. Robert Bellarmine , the height of hedges, women’s suffrage, the birth of horses, and the Dept. of Education.
In this episode, after a giant rant about his tech woes, insomnia, and falling cheese trays, Andrew dives into the issue of friendship vs. sexual relationship in light of the new BBC documentary about JPII and life long deep friendship he had with a married woman. In this discussion he turns to two articles to discuss, but gets caught up on the first one, How to Stop Sexualizing Everything, by D.C. McAllister over on thefederalist.com. He explores the nature of phileo love, vs. eros, and looks at the nature of friendship, with help from C.S Lewis and dives into his own experience of deep intimate friendship with people of both sexes, and with McAllister looks at how deep attraction in a sexualized world may account for the rise of homosexuality among the young, blaming the “big gay high five.” This is Andrew at his amped up ADD bestest. He promise Part II will be more sober and organized, but we don’t believe and kind of don’t want it to.
The Counter Position Episode 122 - Terrorism vs. Security and Liberty in Balance, Trying to Garden in a War Zone, and The Spiritual Life as Combat
In this episode Andrew, after reviewing the standoff between the Justice Department and Apple, tries to draw the broad brushstrokes of our current situation in the West regarding the tension between liberty and security and how that came about, then turns to use that reality as a metaphorical lens through which to view the big picture of our life as beings both spiritual and physical living in a reality in which battle and combat is happening whether we acknowledge it or not.
The Counter Position Episode 121- Practical Work vs. Reflection & Apple vs. Big Brother in Light of the Death of Scalia
In this episode Andrew bemoans how his recent work schedule have kept him from really being mindful or having insights, then moves on the the strange case of a liberal computer company with Al Gore on its board forever is standing up like Libertarians for personal freedom and privacy while so-called conservatives line up to give away the farm in the name of fighting terrorism or safety. In light of this, he muses on the loss of Scalia last week.
The Counter Position Episode 120- Reflections on Stereotypes, Work as Prayer, and the Beautiful Particularity of Persons/You’re Like Totally My New Best Friend
In this episode Andrew muses on his experience of hanging with Michael Miley, drummer for the band Rival Sons, his experiences at the concert, and his conversations with Miley and the rest of the band backstage. Highlights include having his stereotype of Opus Dei and what was possible/likely shattered, the instructive nature that seeing someone’s commitment to their craft can have on your commitment to yours, and what you can learn from a rock star lead singer’s past as an undertaker regarding love and ministry.
The Counter Position Episode 119 - Michael Miley of Rival Sons on Rock and Roll and the Spiritual Path of Doing Your Best
n this episode Andrew has a conversation with his good friend and Counter Position listener Michael Miley, drummer of the band Rival Sons, who stopped in while in Denver opening for Black Sabbath. They cover his conversion to Christianity and eventually Roman Catholicism, the life of a Catholic on the road as a rock drummer, and how he lives out his faith by sanctifying his work as a Cooperator in the work of Opus Dei.
In this episode Andrew has a conversation with his good friend and Counter Position listener Zach Candler, a scientist working on the new Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion MPCV) for NASA. They discuss why it’s worthwhile to go to Mars and explore space, the connection between exploration and man’s innate desire to know, the mixed motives of science in the modern world, and evolving relationship between man and nature.
In this episode, after a hearty shout out to Denver and the Broncos for putting 1.2 million people in the streets for a parade and making it smooth, and a moment of negative amazement at a group of English ethicists who have decided infants are not persons, Andrew has a conversation with Jeff Cavins about his new book When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding. They cover the different types of suffering, how suffering can be redemptive, and tackle the hard questions through an examination of their own experience of suffering. (In short, Andrew’s a baby and bad at it.)
In this episode Andrew, after again getting distracted on the wonder of a one-lunged pope leading us to “breathe with both lungs”, muses on the experience of Vespers from Forgiveness Sunday in Byzantine Catholic Church in which you ask for and receive forgiveness from everyone in the church in the context of an embrace, how that gave him insight into the theology of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an idea for a mental exercise inspired by this when in line for confession, and a memory of how his old Protestant church got one thing right when they tried to reinvent the Eucharistic wheel. Then, he discusses a TED talk about body poses and hormonal changes, and ties it all together into our nature as body/soul composites and the ever repeated slogan that “matter matters”.
In this episode Andrew gives his hearty congratulations to the Denver Broncos, explores his history as a football fan, and talks about what it’s like to be in a football city for the first time. Then, Andrew turns to the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to meet with Patriarch Kiril of the Russian Orthodox Church, explores some of the concerns making their way through the blogosphere, and holds up Pope Francis as a model of love seeking relationship. In the process, it occurs to Andrew that a pope with one lung is seeking to lead us to “breath with both lungs” in the words of JPII! Finally, Andrew attempt to talk about a beautiful experience at Divine Liturgy over the weekend that was to be the focus of the whole episode, but punts until next. So, typical or classic, depending your charity.
“The Counter Position” is a new show by Andrew Whaley, founder of the apostolate Calix. Andrew brings his unique take on things from over 20 years of studying philosophy, theology, art, business, and design while processing those ideas daily over the bar in his coffeehouses with people of all walks of life, most of them being the unchurched/dechurched. Feverishly interested in everything, Andrew covers a wide array of topics, spiritual and otherwise, with his hallmark brand of edgy self-deprecating humor, intellectual speculation, and deep wonder. Interviews range from major Catholic figures and intellectuals to interesting characters with good story or an insight to bring. So, if you’re interested in a new form of Catholic radio, buckle up and tune in.