This is the 9th part in an Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job. It also happens to be something of an interlude on the way to the two-part conclusion to the series. Here, I read GK Chesterton's wonderful essay "Introduction to the book of Job"—an essay referred to often by the philosopher Slavoj Žižek but without him always taking into account the larger argument of the essay. Chesterton offers a fresh take on Job that we'd all do well to pay attention to. It's wise and funny—filled with helpful and interesting insights. It asks whether God could be the ultimate skeptic, and perhaps even the ultimate blasphemer, and presents the astonishing idea that paradoxes are more comforting than answers. 

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This episode—the eighth episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job—is the third of a three-part Inception-style series-within-a-series on the nature of the self (and on its transformation). We focus, in this episode, especially how the book of Job represents growth with its focus on truth and the introdction of a new kind of consciousness.

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This episode—the seventh episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job—is the second of a three-part Inception-style series-within-a-series on the nature of the self. We focus, in this episode, especially how the book of Job (among other biblical texts) illuminates our understanding of the self. In this episode, we home in on the issue/process of ego-death/ego-breakage and what it often takes to uncover/access the true self.

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This episode—the sixth episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job—is the first of a three-part Inception-style dream-within-a-dream, or rather, series-within-a-series on the nature of the self. We focus, in this episode, especially how the book of Job (among other biblical texts) illuminates our understanding of the self. In this episode, we home in on the ego-self and the so-called "false self", and in the process some fascinating facets of the multiverse that is the human subject become clearer (well, hopefully). 

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The book of Job is one of the most brilliant and perplexing literary works to grace the stage of the human drama; and this is the fifth episode in a series on Unorthodoxy that focuses on this amazing book. The aim in this series is to look for unfamiliar nuggets of brilliance in what is, for many, an overly familiar text. In this episode, we take a look at the perplexing relationship between God, the "small s" satan, and the character we may not have realized is also on trial in the book of Job — you and me, the reader. Detours via the stories of Noah and Jacob invite some interesting hermeneutic speculations ...

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In this, the fourth part in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job, the focus is on the symbolic significance of the sea-beast/monster/chaos-dragon Leviathan, which gets a few mentions in the book of Job. In the process, we'll be covering how chaos and order always have a part to play in the drama of creation and creativity; it turns out that our sense of life's purpose is intricately bound up in the dialectical tension that arises in the collaboration of chaos and order. The role of language and dialogical companionship in helping us to navigate this tension also gets a bit of airtime here.

Check out the work of Gideon Nel here: http://gideonnel.com/ — especially his thematic exploration of water in the bible visualisation here: http://gideonnel.com/beautiful-water

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The book of Job is one of the most brilliant and perplexing literary works to grace the stage of the human drama; and this is the third episode in a series on Unorthodoxy that focuses on this amazing book. The aim in this series is to look for unfamiliar nuggets of brilliance in what is, for many, an overly familiar text. In this episode, we'll take a look at the question of the meaning of life with reference to some of the coordinates for meaning that we find within the book of Job. To help us with the question of life's meaning, there's a bit of advice here from Viktor Frankl and Nietzsche thrown into the mix too.

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The book of Job is one of the most brilliant and perplexing literary works to grace the stage of the human drama; and this is the second episode in a series on Unorthodoxy that focuses on this amazing book. The aim in this series is to look for unfamiliar nuggets of brilliance in what is, for many, an overly familiar text. In this episode, we take a look at the absurd but surprisingly helpful question of what JS Bach can teach us about reading the book of Job, as well as what the idea of polyphony might have to say about a particular kind of consciousness or conscious awareness. Although this series is rooted in solid scholarship, scholarly detail has needed to be sacrificed for the sake of what is hopefully a more pleasant listening experience.

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The book of Job is one of the most brilliant and perplexing literary works to grace the stage of the human drama; and this is the first episode in a series on Unorthodoxy that focuses on this amazing book. The aim in this series is to look for unfamiliar nuggets of brilliance in what is, for many, an overly familiar text. In this episode, we take a look at the hermeneutical idea of a "surplus of meaning" and how the awareness of layers of meaning can begin to help us to look for fresh insights and new wisdom in, among other places, the book of Job. We also look at how (and why) the book of Job is not like a Netflix show. Although this series is rooted in solid scholarship, occasionally scholarly detail has needed to be sacrificed for the sake of what is hopefully a more pleasant listening experience.

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This is a recording of the second part of a two-part talk series on the Enneagram (The first part can be listened to in episode 52 of this podcast). The focus of this talk is on personal growth and on the importance of, in the process of growing, being reconciled to what psychoanalysts call the Unconscious: the shadow-side of the self and what Enneagram teachers refer to as the "soul child." You can support this podcast at: https://www.patreon.com/unorthodoxy 

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