Barry Shore, who is known worldwide as the Ambassador of Joy, brings weekly messages of happiness and fulfillment to his listeners through his popular podcast. In the latest edition, which is called ‘Faith and Hope With Philosopher Noah benShea’, he talks about the healing power of faith both within and beyond religious paradigms.
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The release of the podcast arrives in a moment in which, according to the longstanding Gallup poll, just 47% of Americans have a religious affiliation. And yet, according to PewResearch, 27% of people now think of themselves as spiritual.
As the theological dynamic of the world shifts, and in a time of unprecedented global change, Barry Shore believes that it is critical that people expand their understanding of what faith means and how faith can serve society and individuals alike.
Faith, as conceived of by influential philosopher Sren Kierkergaard, involves the suspension of reason in order to believe in something that is higher than reason. This principle has informed Noah benShea’s wide-reaching and acclaimed work. As the podcast explains, faith manifests within religion but it also applies to all matters of optimism and belief, and to the bigger questions of who people are in a spiritual sense.
Moreover, as benShea and Shore discuss, faith is a pathway towards hope. In dark times, both hope and faith are the antidote to pessimism and a pathway towards personal and societal growth and healing. As benShea expands, both hope and faith are also inextricable from the very essence that makes people human.
Noah benShea is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, philosopher and theologian. He has written 28 internationally best-selling books that have been published by Oxford University Press and translated into over 18 languages.
Barry Shore is also a best-selling author, a renowned podcaster and a passionate mental health advocate. He is currently the host of the weekly Joy of Living podcast.
A spokesperson for the podcaster said, “Faith is often thought of in terms of religion, but it really is so much more. When we have faith in ourselves, we are confident that we can achieve our goals. Faith is also believing in something that we cannot see. This could be a higher power, an unseen force, or the idea that everything happens for a reason. And with faith comes hope. Hope is an optimistic attitude that things will work out, even when the odds seem against us.”
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