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.
||Carrie Miles on Religion, Gender, and Missionaries||What is the relationship between religion, economics, and gender? Dr. Carrie Miles -- senior scholar in residence at Chapman University and non-resident scholar at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion -- discusses her path-breaking work on this topic, as well as her work as executive director of Empower International Ministries. Our conversation winds through Mormon theology, Genesis, the industrial revolution, and countries in Africa to explore how both economic production and... Keep on reading: Carrie Miles on Religion, Gender, and Missionaries||5/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Proselytism, Humanitarianism, and Development: A Panel Discussion||Proselytism is as old as religion itself. Nearly all spiritual faiths seek to expand the number of adherents that they have via communicating with people not within their faith tradition. But to what extent is proselytism a "bad thing" for society, perhaps as a form of cultural imperialism? How has religious proselytism impacted socio-economic development over time? How do humanitarian acts factor into proselytism and economic development? Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom... Keep on reading: Proselytism, Humanitarianism, and Development: A Panel Discussion||5/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Warren Bird on Church Leadership Teams||What makes for successful church team leadership? Dr. Warren Bird of the Leadership Network, and a frequent listener to Research on Religion, discusses his new study (with Ryan Hartwig) on team leadership within Protestant denominations. The study is based upon a survey of over 1,000 church leaders encompassing roughly 250 churches in a variety of locales. Before we dive into Hartwig and Bird's book, Teams that Thrive, we discuss a recent report issued by the Pew Research Center claim... Keep on reading: Warren Bird on Church Leadership Teams||5/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Denis Dragovic on Religion & State-Building||Do religious organizations play any role in helping to rebuild failed states? Prof. Denis Dragovic, an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne, joins us from Australia to discuss his new book Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives. Prof. Dragovic not only is a scholar of this topic, but he is also a practitioner who has had extensive experience in the field working with a variety of faith-based groups in some of the most politically... Keep on reading: Denis Dragovic on Religion & State-Building||5/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michael Foley on Religion and Booze||How do you take your religion -- straight up or on the rocks? Either way, it is time to get your drink on with this out-of-the-ordinary podcast. We talk with Prof. Michael P. Foley of Baylor University's Great Texts Program about his new book Drinking with the Saints: A Sinner's Guide to a Holy Happy Hour. We cover a wide range of topics from the history of alcohol in the Bible to some brand new cocktail recipes. This interview is filled with fun facts, spiritual insights, and a wide... Keep on reading: Michael Foley on Religion and Booze||5/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rajdeep Singh on American Sikhs and Religious Liberty||Sikh-Americans have been on the forefront of some very important religious liberty cases in recent years. Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition, explains what the Sikh religion is, who are the Sikh-Americans, and how they have helped to shape and define our notions of religious liberty. This is a valuable discussion of a faith tradition that not many Americans are familiar with. Our conversation begins with Mr. Singh providing a historical background to Sikhism.�... Keep on reading: Rajdeep Singh on American Sikhs and Religious Liberty||4/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daniel Libenson on Present and Future Judaism||What are the challenges facing contemporary Jews in America? Following on Carmel Chiswick's interview last week, we invite Daniel Libenson -- director of jUChicago and founder/president of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future -- discusses his perceptions of the landscape facing American Jews and how he has been engaged in organizations such as Hillel and the rationale behinds the ones he now directs. As a "thinker-practitioner," we get an inside look into how somebody is leveraging... Keep on reading: Daniel Libenson on Present and Future Judaism||4/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carmel Chiswick on the Economics of Being Jewish in America.||What are the various cost constraints with being Jewish in America? Prof. Carmel Chiswick, a research professor of economics at George Washington University, uses the lens of economics to reveal the various constraints facing a religious minority in the United States and how this affects Jewish culture. We walk through her latest book Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition. We start the conversation with a general overview of Jews in America, including the... Keep on reading: Carmel Chiswick on the Economics of Being Jewish in America.||4/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jeff Henig on Prison Ministry||Why would anybody ever want to become a prison chaplain? And what do those folks involved in prison ministry do? Jeff Henig, who recently was hired as a prison chaplain in Arkansas, discusses his background, the journey he took to become a prison minister, and the various challenges he faces in this line of work. This is part of our ongoing series to talk with practitioners, people who work in the spiritual trenches day-t0-day and often have insights into human behavior that scholars... Keep on reading: Jeff Henig on Prison Ministry||4/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sean Everton on Religion & Dark Networks (Encore Presentation)||While the cast and crew of RoR takes a short spring break, we present you with one of our favorite episodes from deep in our archives. Remember, we have over 225 episodes shelved in our library, so please feel free to search or browse to find a topic that might be of interest to you. We will return next week with some new tasty morsels. Dark networks are clandestine organizations that often, but not always, engage in nefarious behavior. Over the past several decades, scholars and minita... Keep on reading: Sean Everton on Religion & Dark Networks (Encore Presentation)||3/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Sophisticated and fun
Tony Gill makes research on religion compelling and accessible.
Scholarly, practical, real life, and fun
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.