Research On Religion
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A weekly podcast exploring academic research on religion and featuring top scholars in history, sociology, political science, economics and religious studies.
||Donald Kraybill on The Amish (Encore Presentation)||Most people might be able to identify an Amish person as someone who drives a horse and buggy, but how much do we really know about this ethno-religious group? Prof. Donald Kraybill, the Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, helps to fill out our understanding of this fascinating community. The conversation also includes various references to Mennonites, both the modern, mainstream version and the �... Keep on reading: Donald Kraybill on The Amish (Encore Presentation)||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rob Sorensen on Martin Luther’s Life||As this year marks the quincentennial of the Protestant Reformation, we take a closer look at the life of Martin Luther, the Augustinian monk who got the ball rolling. Rob Sorensen, a high school instructor at The Bear Creek School and PhD candidate at Faulkner University, joins us to talk about Luther, the man, based off his own book Martin Luther and the German Reformation, a superb summary of the "accidental reformer's" life from Anthem Press. Our conversation begins, as usual, with a... Keep on reading: Rob Sorensen on Martin Luther’s Life||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Thomas Kidd on Benjamin Franklin’s Faith||Benjamin Franklin is one of America's most famous Founding Fathers, and is widely regarded as being amongst the "Deist" camp when it comes to religiosity. Prof. Thomas Kidd, a professor of history at Associate Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, joins us to discuss the life and spiritual development of Ben Franklin. We begin with a discussion of where Franklin ended his life and why he has a reputation as being a Deist, and what Deism encompasses,... Keep on reading: Thomas Kidd on Benjamin Franklin’s Faith||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jeremy Castle on Religion and Voting Behavior||How do American voters react when candidates prompt them with religious cues? Dr. Jeremiah (Jeremy) Castle, an assistant professor at Central Michigan University, discusses a recent study he conducted with his colleagues regarding how religious cues and prompts affect opinions towards various candidates. We start the discussion with Prof. Castle's dissertation work on young evangelical Christians and whether they are becoming more liberal/progressive in their political views. It turns out,... Keep on reading: Jeremy Castle on Religion and Voting Behavior||6/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Matthew Moore on Buddhism, Meditating Machines, & the Robopocalypse||Can robots meditate? What are the benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), whole brain emulation (WBE), and other forms of "near-future technologies" (NFTs)? Should humans proceed towards "The Singularity"? And what enlightenment can Buddhism shed on these questions? In one of our most interesting and futuristic interviews ever on this podcast, Prof. Matthew Moore, an associate professor of political science at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, returns our program and answers... Keep on reading: Matthew Moore on Buddhism, Meditating Machines, & the Robopocalypse||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Andrew Chesnut on Santa Muerte||Many people are familiar with the Virgin of Guadalupe and an object of faithful devotion within Mexico, but fewer folks know about Santa Muerte, the "skeleton saint," which has witnessed a growing devotion within the past two decades. Prof. Andrew Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, is one of the very few scholars to write about this fascinating folk saint and he joins us to talk about his book Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint (being... Keep on reading: Andrew Chesnut on Santa Muerte||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Steven Pfaff on the World of 1517||Martin Luther's theological challenge to the Catholic Church that began with an inauspicious posting of 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral set off a major schismatic movement within Christianity that still reverberates to this day. And yet, there were many "reformers" who had come before Luther that didn't have the same impact as he did in the early decades of the 16th century. Dr. Steven Pfaff, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, joins us for the second... Keep on reading: Steven Pfaff on the World of 1517||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Robert D. Rubin on Judicial Review & the Religious Right||Prior to the 1980s, conservative evangelical Christians were skeptical of the US federal court system, having suffered a number of setbacks within the Supreme Court involving issues such as education and abortion. This begins to change in the 1980s as the now organizationally-consolidated Religious Right began a new legal strategy of embracing judicial review and positioning themselves as an aggrieved minority. Dr. Robert D. Rubin, an independent scholar who earned his Ph.D. at Indiana... Keep on reading: Robert D. Rubin on Judicial Review & the Religious Right||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Frank Selden on the Military, Suicide, and Faith||In a very personal and fascinating interview, we are joined by Frank Selden, an estate & retirement attorney and former member of the Washington State Army National Guard, who talks about his career in the military, his two tours of duty in Iraq, his struggles with suicide, and how his religious faith worked through all of this. We begin with Mr. Selden's personal history beginning with his time growing up on a dairy farm. He then leads us on a tour of his time studying to be a pastor... Keep on reading: Frank Selden on the Military, Suicide, and Faith||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sarah Dreier on Anglicans, Lutherans, and African Churches||In recent years, movement towards progressive policies and values on gender and sexuality have caused cultural rifts within the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Such tension is most apparent among their affiliated churches in the Global South, most notably Africa, with some African clergy becoming very outspoken against the policies adopted by Anglicans and Lutherans in Europe and the United States. Sarah K. Dreier, a Ph.D. candidate in... Keep on reading: Sarah Dreier on Anglicans, Lutherans, and African Churches||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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Tony Gill makes research on religion compelling and accessible.
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Great podcast. I listen weekly. It has a great variety.
Tremendous resource for the study of religion & politics
Religion and politics researchers are tremendously fortunate Dr. Gill produces such a terrific resource.