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Mythic Mind

Mythic Mind

By Andrew Snyder

Mythic Mind examines the intersections between the mythic and primary worlds with an eye toward practical application unto a life of meaning.
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29 - Being Human
29 - Being Human
To keep the public podcast feed active, I'm continuing to repurpose old content. In this case, I've uploaded a short presentation I recorded a few years ago about what it means to be human. Enjoy! Links: patreon.com/andrewnsnyder speakpipe.com/mythicmind
18:16
November 23, 2022
27 - The Christian View of the World
27 - The Christian View of the World
While my focus is on new content for the Patreon-exclusive Grimm series, I'm continuing to repurpose other content to keep the public feed active, and of course to provide patrons with more content as well.   This is my first content lecture from my Christian Worldview course and it’s simply titled, “The Christian View of the Word.” Of course you don’t have to be a Christian to benefit from this podcast, but I also haven’t hidden my Christian perspective. Whether you share in the faith or not, I hope you find this useful in getting a better understanding of the Christian worldview. To make sure you aren't missing episodes of Mythic Mind, become a patron at patreon.com/andrewnsnyder!
46:05
November 09, 2022
25 - From Heraclitus to Kierkegaard
25 - From Heraclitus to Kierkegaard
As a reminder, the public podcast feed is on a hiatus during the current Patreon-exclusive series on the Grimm fairy tales. However, so the public feed isn't completely silent, I'm going to start dropping some recycled content over there. This episode is a lecture originally delivered for my "Philosophy and Christian Thought" course that surveys some important themes in the history of Western Thought from ancient Greece to Kierkegaard. This comes from early in my online teaching career, so delivery and audio quality is not superb, but hopefully the content will be of some use to you! For full access to all of Mythic Mind, head over to patreon.com/andrewnsnyder
43:31
October 28, 2022
23 - Hansel and Gretel
23 - Hansel and Gretel
In this episode, we continue our Patreon-exclusive series on Grimms' Fairy Tales with Hansel and Gretel. Far more than a mere cautionary tale about over-indulgence, this is story is a classic hero's journey that teaches us how to encounter the unexpected, defeat cannibalistic tyrants, and recover lost treasures that, justly earned, enrich our lives and those around us. To gain access to the rest of this series, head over to patreon.com/andrewnsnyder!
35:23
October 20, 2022
21 - Despair and Anxious Hope
21 - Despair and Anxious Hope
In this final episode of Mythic Mind's first public season, I review where we've been and finish out our discussion of Kierkegaard's The Sickness unto Death with the hope that can emerge from despair. Additionally, I discuss why Kierkegaard's legacy matters and how it might relate to modern empirical psychology. Finally, I discuss where we'll be headed next! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewnsnyder Recommendations: Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses The Concept of Anxiety The Sickness unto Death
29:32
August 17, 2022
20 - The Forms of Despair
20 - The Forms of Despair
“The greatest hazard of all, losing the self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.” - Kierkegaard, The Sickness unto Death In this episode, coming to you about 3 months late, I continue our study of The Sickness unto Death with a survey of the forms that despair can seem to take. Through personal experience, people we know, and stories we've heard, it seems that there are many ways we might lose ourselves. In the end, however, Kierkegaard tells us that there is only one, which we must avoid at all cost if we are to be authentic human individuals. Book Recommendations: - Augustine's Confessions - Eros and Self-Emptying: The Intersections of Augustine and Kierkegaard
40:35
August 03, 2022
19 - The Sickness unto Death
19 - The Sickness unto Death
After falsely announcing this a few times, we're finally starting on Kierkegaard's The Sickness unto Death, in which he discusses the nature of despair and what it means to live as an authentic human self in harmony with our design and purpose. Additionally, in response to a listener's question, I share what I believe Kierkegaard would have to say about anxious attachment and avoidance in relationships. Recommendations: - Freedom and its Misuses - The Consolation of Philosophy
44:41
April 20, 2022
18 - The Crownless Again Shall Be King
18 - The Crownless Again Shall Be King
In this special episode, I look toward Good Friday as I discuss some Tolkienian wisdom and the true myth of the gospel.
15:26
April 13, 2022
17 - Tolkien Reading Day
17 - Tolkien Reading Day
Happy Tolkien Reading Day! In this special episode of Mythic Mind, I'm joined by several podcasters, professors, authors, and other fans to discuss why we're drawn to Tolkien and to share some of our favorite passages. Whether you are already an insider in this community or you just want to know what all these nerds are up to, I hope you find this to be a fun, inspiring, encouraging show that leads you to pick up and read for the first or eleventy-first time! As always, I'm glad to have you with me on this path. Please be sure to subscribe to Mythic Mind and share this episode with others! If you would like to become a Mythic Mind insider, you can head over to patreon.com/mythicmind.
01:26:37
March 25, 2022
16 - The Sorrow that Makes for Joy
16 - The Sorrow that Makes for Joy
I had said that we would begin with The Sickness unto Death today, but I decided to put that off one more time. As we prepare to discuss Kierkegaard's take on despair, I thought it might be helpful for me to talk a bit about my own experiences on the edge of hopelessness to give some personal application to the philosophical explorations that will follow. I sincerely hope that my journeys through death and shadow provide some light for your path. Thank you for listening! Please be sure to leave a positive review, subscribe, and consider supporting me on Patreon at patreon.com/andrewnsnyder.
24:42
March 22, 2022
15 - To Need God is a Human Being's Highest Perfection
15 - To Need God is a Human Being's Highest Perfection
In the previous episode, we concluded our study of Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety. In this episode, in preparation for moving into The Sickness unto Death, we discuss Kierkegaard's relatively short discourse, To Need God is a Human Being's Highest Perfection, in which he argues just that. In this approachable, fairly straightforward discourse, he lays out some of the ideas that will be discussed in more detail and with more difficulty in The Sickness unto Death. At the end, I make another call for submissions to the show's upcoming Tolkien Reading Day episode. After I recorded this, I set up a speakpipe account to make the process easier, so you can either e-mail your recording or go to speakpipe.com/mythicmind. I also make some recommendations, which you can find here: 'Til We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis): https://amzn.to/3hGNOCI Tales from the Perilous Realm(Tolkien): https://amzn.to/34idO4c
32:08
March 09, 2022
14 - Anxiety as Saving Through Faith
14 - Anxiety as Saving Through Faith
In this episode, I conclude our study of Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety with the final chapter, "Anxiety as Saving Through Faith," which uses Augustinian and Boethian themes to demonstrate the educative potential of anxiety in relation to the human task of becoming authentically human. Also, I reveal my plans for Mythic Mind following the completion of Kierkegaard's The Sickness unto Death.
23:42
February 23, 2022
13 - The Good, The Bad, and the Anxious
13 - The Good, The Bad, and the Anxious
In this episode, we return to Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety with Chapter 4, in which he discusses, among other things, the psychology of evil and repentance. It's a longer, rather dense episode, so, if you have any questions or comments, definitely send me an e-mail at mythicmindpodcast@gmail.com and I will be glad to address them on the show. If you would like to support my work and gain access to exclusive content and early releases, you can head over to https://www.patreon.com/andrewnsnyder. Also, please consider giving me a 5-star review and perhaps a positive comment on the various platforms to help with visibility. As always, thank you for continuing to walk these paths with me.
31:36
February 09, 2022
12 - Yes, The Lord of the Rings is Christian
12 - Yes, The Lord of the Rings is Christian
There was recently a post published to Medium, titled “No, the Lord of the Rings is not Christian.” This post, which made rounds throughout the internet, argued that, despite a popular understanding, Tolkien’s great work is not only not fundamentally a Christian work, but that it is actually fundamentally secular, and even philosophically "progressive." I provided a response post to my blog, which seems to have struck a chord with many, so I decided to read it here. The original article superficially touched on so many topics, so I decided that a response worth giving will actually require a series, explore the Christian elements behind Tolkien’s stories, his broader religious framework, his literary philosophy, and so forth. This first response post primarily looks at Tolkien’s narratives themselves. If you would like to keep up with the series, you can subscribe to my site, andrewnsnyder.com or, to gain access to all of my blog readings, past, present, and future as they come out, you can support me on Patreon at patreon.com/andrewnsnyder at any tier.
16:38
February 02, 2022
11 - What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?
11 - What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?
This is the second lecture from my course, "Philosophy and Christian Thought." I do a couple things in this lecture: first, I address the question posed by Tertullian, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?" with reference to Origen, Augustine, and Aquinas. Second, I provide some thoughts regarding Plato’s Apology.  I hope this is of some use to you. If it is, I welcome you to leave me a positive review and to consider supporting my work at patreon.com/andrewnsnyder. As always, thanks for joining me on the paths of Wisdom.
21:54
January 26, 2022
10 - Philosophy & Christian Thought
10 - Philosophy & Christian Thought
As I previously mentioned, I currently have too much on my plate to regularly produce new episodes of Mythic Mind, but I still want to provide content on a regular basis. I've taught a few philosophy and theology courses, so I'm going to start uploading my course lectures whenever I'm unable to make new content for the podcast. We're going to start with a course titled "Philosophy & Christian Thought," which is an introductory philosophy course that is meant to help Christians learn what philosophy is and how to think philosophically in relation with the broad history of western thought. Because this course was designed as an introduction, it will likely be more accessible than my regular Kierkegaard content. I hope you are able to gain something from it, and I encourage you to share it with people you know who would benefit from an introductory study like this. If you would like to support my content, I humbly welcome you to head over to my Patreon page at patreon.com/andrewnsnyder.
22:41
January 19, 2022
09 - The Existential Moment
09 - The Existential Moment
It has been a while, but I bring you the ninth episode of the Mythic Mind podcast! In this episode, we return to Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety with the third chapter. Kierkegaard introduces the term of "the moment," which describes our willful mediation between past actuality and future potential in reference to the eternal. In the moment, we are separated from the rest of earthly existence and are able to live authentically as humans, bringing together the eternal and temporal, bodily and soulish, and, ultimately, Heaven and Earth in all that we do. This is the life of true and enduring meaning. This is true humanity.
25:29
January 05, 2022
08 - The Frog-King, or Iron Henry
08 - The Frog-King, or Iron Henry
In this episode, we take a break from Kierkegaard to examine the Grimm Tale of "The Frog-king, or Iron Henry" as we inaugurate a new series that, after this episode, will be a Patreon-exclusive journey through fairy-tales and folklore. At the moment, this series will be posted irregularly, but, once we hit the next goal of $400/month, they will be released every other week (on the off-weeks from Mythic Mind). This series will be available to all patrons at the $5/month tier or higher. If you have questions or comments, please send me an e-mail at mythicmindpodcast@gmail.com and I will address your correspondence on the show!
17:14
November 17, 2021
07 - I'm Still Here
07 - I'm Still Here
As we continue to enjoy parenthood with our newborn twins and make daily visits to the hospital to visit our son who is still in the NICU, our schedule has been a little heavy lately. In this episode, I just wanted to briefly check in with you, let you know that I'm still here, and update you on some changes I've made to my Patreon goals. If you want to see where I'd like to go in the future, you can head over to patreon.com/andrewnsnyder.
01:25
October 29, 2021
06 - The Dizziness of Freedom
06 - The Dizziness of Freedom
In this episode, we discuss Chapter 2 of Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety. Kierkegaard describes anxiety as the dizziness of freedom which is inherent in human existence, but is consciously experienced as we become more or less conscious of our responsibility to properly relate to the worlds above, below, and within. Anxiety is a symptom of our yearning for fulfillment, but can result in corruption just as much as it can result in authentic human satisfaction in harmony with our ideal. I encourage you to send your questions and comments to mythicmindpodcast@gmail.com, check out my blog over at andrewnsnyder.com, and to consider supporting me on Patreon at pateron.com/andrewnsnyder. I can only start providing content on a regular basis with your support! No matter what form your support takes, I am grateful for your continued company!
24:24
October 07, 2021
05 - The Concept of Anxiety (Finally)
05 - The Concept of Anxiety (Finally)
In this episode, we finish our discussion of the first chapter of Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety. We discuss Kierkegaard's understanding of what it means to be human, truly human, and the role that anxiety plays in shaping our identity, for better or for worse. Additionally, we further discuss what it means to use a mythic perspective to consider what matters rather than, first and foremost, material things. I encourage you to send your questions and comments to mythicmindpodcast@gmail.com, check out my blog over at andrewnsnyder.com, join our new subreddit at reddit.com/r/mythicmind/ and to consider supporting me on Patreon at pateron.com/andrewnsnyder. I can only start providing content on a regular basis with your support! No matter what form your support takes, I am grateful for your continued company!
29:05
September 22, 2021
04 - We Need More Butter and Responsibility
04 - We Need More Butter and Responsibility
In this episode, I provide some personal lessons I've learned during the gap since the last episode and we look at the first half of Chapter One of Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety. We discuss the ethical relationship between the individual human and the history of the human race. As far as we are, or should be, concerned, where does guilt reside, how is it passed through generations, and what is the individual's ethical task? Does shame have any positive value? Practically speaking, why does the individual's relation to guilt matter? I encourage you to check out my blog over at andrewnsnyder.com, join our new subreddit at reddit.com/r/mythicmind/ and to consider supporting me on Patreon at pateron.com/andrewnsnyder. I can only start providing content on a regular basis with your support! No matter what form your support takes, I am grateful for your continued company!
19:18
September 07, 2021
03 - The Concept of Anxiety, Introduction
03 - The Concept of Anxiety, Introduction
In this episode, we look at the introduction to Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety and discuss the importance of making sure we're bringing the right tools to bear on the project at hand. Additionally, and on a related note, we discuss the difference between authenticity and ideological possession. We all have perspectives, but are we using them as tools to rightly engage with the world or are we attempting to bring world in submission to our tools? I encourage you to check out my blog over at andrewnsnyder.com and to consider supporting me on Patreon at pateron.com/andrewnsnyder. I can only start providing content on a regular basis with your support!
15:24
July 14, 2021
02 - The Concept of Anxiety, Preface
02 - The Concept of Anxiety, Preface
In this episode, we begin our discussion of Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety with the preface. We introduce some important themes that will be expanded throughout this series, including the importance of the individual, authentic selfhood, and our relation to Truth. If you appreciate this podcast, please subscribe, share, and consider supporting me on Patreon!
17:54
June 09, 2021
01 - An Introduction to Mythic Mind
01 - An Introduction to Mythic Mind
I've thought about starting this for years and now it is finally coming to pass! In this introductory episode, I begin to explain the title, "Mythic Mind," frame the purpose of the podcast, and reveal our first series. I look forward to engaging with the fellowship that emerges from this journey.
06:36
June 02, 2021