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.
||Samuel Wilson & Tony Gill on Religion and Euvoluntary Exchange||How really "free" are you to choose your own religion? While this topic has been fodder for theologians and moral philosophers for centuries, can contemporary economists bring anything to this debate? In a special "simul-podcast" with the Euvoluntary Exchange website, freelance thinker and prolific blogger Samuel Wilson discusses the potential coercive (or non-coercive) aspects of religious choice, both at the individual and societal level. We begin our discussion by laying out what this... Keep on reading: Samuel Wilson & Tony Gill on Religion and Euvoluntary Exchange||4/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Richard Hammar on Churches, Taxes, Donations, and Liability||Houses of worship are legal organizations and, as such, are subject to a wide variety of laws and regulations regarding taxation, charitable contributions, and liability issues. Alas, most congregants, and even a significant number of clergy, don't pay much attention to the legalities of running such an organization. Richard Hammar, an attorney and certified public accountant who specializes in legal and tax issues for clergy as well as running Christianity Today's Church Law and Tax... Keep on reading: Richard Hammar on Churches, Taxes, Donations, and Liability||4/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aaron Saiger on Religion and Charter Schools||Is the charter school movement changing the way we think about religious education in the United States? Prof. Aaron Saiger of Fordham University Law School discusses this topic from a historical and legal framework, demonstrating how various religious communities have adapted to more market-oriented approaches to public education. Our conversation begins with a summary of what the K-12 educational landscape looked like circa the 1970s. This allows Prof. Saiger to lay out the historical o... Keep on reading: Aaron Saiger on Religion and Charter Schools||3/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Evan Haefeli on the Dutch Origins of Religious Tolerance||The story of rise of religious liberty in the United States generally revolves around the influence of English persons and events (e.g., Roger Williams, the Act of Toleration). However, a lesser known piece of the puzzle is the role that the Dutch played in promoting religious toleration back in The Netherlands, as well as their colonial possessions for a significant portion of the 17th century. Dr. Evan Haefeli, an associate professor of history of Columbia University, explains the... Keep on reading: Evan Haefeli on the Dutch Origins of Religious Tolerance||3/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Dixon on Religious Rhetoric and the Civil Right Movement||It is well known that the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century had a strong religious character to it, with individuals such as Rev. Martin Luther King playing a prominent role and with churches being the locus of organization. How far does the influence of religion extend, though? Prof. David Dixon, professor of political science at St. Joseph's College, discusses a major undertaking the he and his colleague Davis Houck have been working on in documenting the amazing breadth... Keep on reading: David Dixon on Religious Rhetoric and the Civil Right Movement||3/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tim Kelleher on The Nicene Creed and Hollywood||Like us at our Facebook Fan Page for regular updates on future guests. The Nicene Creed is a foundational statement of many Christians around the world. Tim Kelleher, an actor who has appeared in a number of movies and television shows, joins us to discuss the documentary video that he wrote and produced on this important declaration of one's faith. The video is entitled The Creed: What Christians Profess and Why It Ought to Matter and is designed to be a conversation with a number of pri... Keep on reading: Tim Kelleher on The Nicene Creed and Hollywood||3/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michael McBride on Religious Free-Riding and the Mormon Church||While the RoR staff is on a short break, we are running a "Best of..." show with Michael McBride. This was one of Tony's favorite interviews and dates back to the early days of the show back in 2010. Prof. Michael McBride – associate professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine – discusses how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day States (known informally as the Mormon Church) is organized to overcome free-rider problems. We begin our podcast with an observation t... Keep on reading: Michael McBride on Religious Free-Riding and the Mormon Church||3/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Bentley Hart on Atheist Delusions||A regular listener to the show recently requested we talk with David Bentley Hart about his book Atheist Delusions and we have so complied. Dr. Hart, an Eastern Orthodox theologian and prolific writer, joins us to talk about how the book came about as well as his counter-critiques to the critiques of Christianity that are often made by the "new atheists" (as well as some of the older atheists) with a wee bit of churlishness here and there. Our discussion begins with how this award-winning b... Keep on reading: David Bentley Hart on Atheist Delusions||2/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Matthew Franck on Hobby Lobby & Religious Freedom Jurisprudence||Join us on our Facebook Fan Page for weekly updates and other tidbits. Can the federal government require a private employer to provide a service or product to employees that violates the private owner's freedom of conscience? This is the subject that is up for debate in an upcoming US Supreme Court case pitting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties against the Health and Human Services contraception mandate that is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prof. Matthe... Keep on reading: Matthew Franck on Hobby Lobby & Religious Freedom Jurisprudence||2/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Smith on Episodic Religious Persecutions||Join us on our Facebook Fan Page for regular updates. Although the United States is often viewed as a beacon for religious freedom around the world, thanks in large part to the institutionalization of the First Amendment, the practice of religious toleration has often fallen well short of the ideals set for itself. Prof. David Smith, lecturer in the Department of Government & International Relations and a faculty member at the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney (Au... Keep on reading: David Smith on Episodic Religious Persecutions||2/9/14||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.