In this episode, after an extended chatty first segment involving sushi, naps, teachers, fires, and the local church, Andrew explores some ideas about subsidiarity through the lens of an article by his old Latin professor and friend Dr. Benjamin Wiker about Brexit, in which he realizes how affected he was by picking up bugs at Thomas Aquinas College.
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#TheCounterPosition Episode 181 - More New Tech, Lorenzo and the Bull, Otto von Habsburg, and Shooting Lasers Out of Your Eyes
n this episode, after obligatory reflection on his evolving tech set up, Andrew explores that bull you always see on the wall of the old caves with the help of the late Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, then relays a story from Fr. Fadi about the death procession of Otto von Habsburg, and finally looks at his/our characters faults as super powers in need of mastering.
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Episode 178- Outside the Walls in the Counter Position
In this episode Andrew sits down with his friend Timothy Putnam, fellow Breadbox Media show host from Outside the Walls. Together they tackle the recent comments of Pope Francis on marriage and in true Counter Position fashion it rabbit trails into the way the pope sees the world, academic theology vs. pastoral realism, and living in a world of conceptual artifacts vs. the primacy of the real in Aristotle’s dialogue.
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In this episode Andrew, who recently accidentally met Lavinia Spirito, fellow show host of Unpacking the Gospel and Real Living on Breadbox Media, sits down for a chat and things get interesting. They cover Pope Francis, the myriad strange connections between them that led to this interview, Lavinia’s 17 year bible study project, Catholic Way Bible Study cwbs.org, and how hard it is to pay your bills in Rome.
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#TheCounterPosition Episode 179 - Lost Audio, New Toys, Moments of Silence, Boomers at Mass Reprised, National Cell Phone Free Day, and more on the Pope as Pastoral Realist
In this episode, after many mea culpas for messing up and losing the audio of two full days of audio interview with Matt Simmons, Andrew finally bites the bullet and buys big boy microphones. Then, after a nice rant about cell phones interrupting him during his porch time and the promotion of a new cell phone free holiday, he takes another stab at how Baby Boomers act after mass vs. the young and examines the concept of the “moment of silence” as the iconic prayer of a contentless age. Finally, he can’t help himself and he goes back into musing on Pope Francis in light of Giussani and Aristotle’s version of Plato’s Cave. All while holding a microphone like Frank Sinatra or Wayne Newton.
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In this episode, Andrew sits down for a raucous and personal chat with his old friend and wingman Jim "Duckie" Laurent. From the struggle of finding God while talking to people who don't understand the internet, to the lessons that reality teaches if you pay attention, with a lot of shenanigans in between, this one is a good time.
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In this episode, Andrew explores another side of the Orlando shooting through the lens of the role the gay bar plays in gay culture, by looking at an interview with a survivor that called the bar a “sacred space”. Then, after a short explanation of the Catholic position on same sex attraction, Andrew “comes out”! Finally, he looks at your church, coffeehouse, home, set of relationships, etc. though the eyes of someone who goes to a gay bar.
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In this episode, after the obligatory weekend recap, Andrew looks at how everyone has backed into their ideological corners over the Orlando shootings and only sees what they want to see, which is largely their own agenda writ large. In the process he affirms over and over again that at its core, this was an act of evil, done by a person, who should love, against other persons, due love by the nature of their very being. Then, he explores all the weird false dichotomies, false conclusions, and knee jerk reactions embedded in this horrific act.
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#TheCounterPosition Episode 172 - Deep Sleep, Kicknoses and Felt Banners, The 75th Anniversary of the Weight of Glory, and How Andrew Has Wasted His Life
In this episode Andrew recounts how he finally slept more deeply than any human in history last night and how seeing a modern kid riding an 80s skateboard with no kicknose made him understand Boomers and their love of felt banners and the Gather hymnal. Then, he commemorates the 75th anniversary of C.S. Lewis famous sermon “The Weight of Glory” and praises Lewis’ deep sanity and clarity. Finally, shamed by the fact that Lewis was 42 during that sermon, Andrew bemoans how he has completely wasted his life.
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#TheCounterPosition Episode 171 - Paleo Reset Summary, Tax Resolution, Yelp & Meaning, Behind the Counter vs. Netflix, and Trusting Your Experience of Reality.
In this episode Andrew starts with a summary of how his 30 Day Paleo Reset went, tells the story of how he got the State of CA to give him his money back (again), relays getting choked up at an email from a friend and former employee, talks about $10 a month for the new Behind the Counter vs. what else you can get for $10 in streaming media, and then muses on what we experience in ourselves and our encounter with reality as a trustworthy guide and being congruent with the Catholic worldview.
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“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.