EPISODE 418: The Power of Ritual

Swipe down your newsfeed, and you’ll see ideology and group-think dominate nearly every other conversation. As the world becomes more and more digital, we’re simultaneously becoming more tribal.

The negative fallout is obvious, but what about the positives? What about a sense of purpose, belonging, ritual, and community? Can we find deep meaning and connection on our own terms? On this week’s podcast, a Harvard researcher joins me to share his work on ritual and religion.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why agnostics are growing in numbers – but these are not atheists
  • How it’s human nature to gather, share, celebrate, and establish norms
  • Is there such a thing as a leaderless tribe?
  • How to take the good and avoid the bad of organized groups

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Casper is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He holds Masters of Divinity and Public Policy from Harvard University. With his team at Sacred Design Lab, he co-authored a paper How We Gather (2015), and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Atlantic Magazine, and Washington Post. He’s the author of the new book, The Power of Ritual (2020).

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