In this Theos Think Tank video for their Sacred podcast, Elizabeth Oldfield discusses Perceiving the Sacred with Iain McGilchrist. This is the best interview of the author of The Master and His Emissary and of The Matter With Things I’ve seen so far. She does a good job of drilling down into his early (mostly nonexistent) religious experience and drawing out what led him to write such long book which is essentially one long argument for the importance of the sacred and of God aimed at those who have been led by the general culture to devalue the place of religion. Speaking as one of those I can vouch for its effectiveness having recently completed my long slow reading (and rereading) of the book. To anyone else who has been reluctant to examine the reasons for our culture’s ever weaker embrace of religion I strongly recommend it but only if you really want to have a better grasp of what it is you are shutting out and are willing to examine a lot of philosophy, physics, brain research and wisdoms traditions from all over the world.
Here is a one minute clip I took that I think gives a good sense of how it goes but the whole video is excellent. Though I found their exchange very moving and her reflection at the end insightful, I sure wish I could have located a transcript for those whose ‘darker hair’ and busy lives does not allow the time for such things. There is an option to see the whole video of course.
PS: I did just update the bio in my profile to better reflect my POV now, post having taken in The Matter With Things for anyone curious.
PPS: I’m glad you found this post, @Merv and I’m curious what you think of my revised bio. I was looking to convey that God is in my world now but not something I address myself to so much as something for which I reserve space within. Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Oldfield’s other Sacred podcasts? I listened to the one @Kendel recommended with Nick Cave and Sean O’Hagan this morning while starting oatmeal and loading dishes. Promising but I can’t follow something like that very well under those conditions so will revisit. Also I want to make sure to invite others to listen to the one minute clip and if they like what they hear to listen to the whole podcast/video. @Randy, @Christy, @jpm, @Laura, @St.Roymond, @jstump, @GJDS, @knor, and apologies to anyone else I left out. Today I learned you can only use 10 @'s in a post.