In this episode, inspired by a full weekend of interacting with people with no cell phones at Wyoming Catholic College, Andrew explores the role screens, literal and metaphorical, play in our life, remembers what it was like before them, explores the difference between direct experience and captured experience, and finally muses on what an “Analog Lent” would look like in reality.
In this episode, after driving all the way back to Denver from Lander, WY in strong wind, blowing snow, and icy spots, Andrew realizes that his first attempt at a mobile recording of the Counter Position are completely unusable do to road noise. So, he records a whole new late night show to replace it. He recounts his blessed and joyful weekend at WCC working on Crux Coffeebar, does copious shout outs, sings the praises of the town of Lander, WY, and recounts his harrowing journey home, complete with technical disappointments. Then inspired by Jason Farrar saying that customer service/hospitality is “not about pedagogy, but about relationship.” Andrew spends the better part of two segments musing on this and trying to put his finger on what it means and why it rings as so important to him. He doesn’t quite. There is fun along the way, which would also be a good title for this episode, “Fun along the way.”
this episode Andrew is once again in Lander, WY training and teaching the staff of Crux Coffeebar at Wyoming Catholic College. After having one of the best days of his life, which nearly cost him his voice, Andrew gets frustrated by an atheist on FB, is inspired by the intelligent wonder of the students, and gets assaulted by an old hippy chick in the hotel hot tub. From all this, Andrew figures out the proper way to engage reality, what that has to do with dialogue, and what both the position behind the counter and the Counter Position truly are.
January 21, 2016In this episode Andrew explores new research affirming the ancient nature of Fairy tales and what that might mean about our default relationship with reality, then turns to a Sean Fitzpatrick article telling the story of an instructive encounter between Mother Theresa and Hillary Clinton.
In this episode Andrew, after exploring the beauty of an encounter through a witness over the weekend, doing verbal cartwheels over the fact that the new iTunes feed is finally up, and asking for prayers for a friend who lost her husband, finishes his interview with Everett Fritz regarding freedom and recovery from the grip of sexually compulsive behavior.
Episode 105: Everett Fritz on Freedom from Sexual Addiction, Temptation, and Impurity w/ a Bonus Segment on Mercy and Pope Francis
In this episode Andrew, after sketching his first impressions of the Pope’s new book The Name of God is Mercy, dives into two days of interview with Everett Fritz about his new book Freedom: Battle Strategies for Conquering Temptation.
Episode 104: Mystery and Analogy- A Story of One Guy’s Pendulum Between Rationalism and Intellectual Cowardice
In this episode Andrew, in typical rambling story format, explores the nature of the relationship between the via negative and the via positiva, confidence in the analgia entis (the analogy of being) and the embracing of mystery, all by tracing out the phases in the narrative of his own struggle to find the balance of the intellectual and spiritual search.
Episode 102: House Blessing, Time Travel, and Daniel Bagdazian
In this episode Andrew recounts Fr. Michael O’Loughlin blessing the house in with the Jordan Water from the Theophany Divine Liturgy, muses a little more on whether God can alter the past in response to prayer and whether we would know it, then chats with his visiting friend Daniel Bagdazian.
“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.