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.
||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|
||Timothy Dalrymple on Religion and Sports||What does it take to be an elite athlete? And what role does faith play in that lifestyle? We are pleased to re-run an interview with Timothy Dalrymple who knows all about being an elite athlete and religion. Tim was part of the 1995 NCAA national championship gymnastics team at Stanford University and was on his way to the 1996 Olympic trials when he tragically broke his neck, unbeknownst to him for several days. He recounts all the dedication and time it took to become a junior... Keep on reading: Timothy Dalrymple on Religion and Sports||2/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Priest on Witchcraft Accusations in Africa||Accusations of witchcraft in Africa appear to be on the rise according to many anthropologists. Robert Priest, the G.W. Aldeen Professor of International Studies at Trinitiy Evangelical Divinity School discusses this phenomenom, covering the patterns, causes, and consequences of this trend. Our discussion begins with what brought Prof. Priest, who has previously studied various aspects of missiology, to this topic. We then progress to the definition of witchcraft and how there are some co... Keep on reading: Robert Priest on Witchcraft Accusations in Africa||1/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brian O’Neel on the Saints of January||Do you know your January saints? Every day has a saint. Actually, every day of the year has several saints. To help us keep current with our knowledge of these important Catholic figures, we've invited Brian O'Neel back to the show to give us the low down on some of these impressive individuals. Brian is a Catholic journalist and author who has written three books on the lives of various saints (see below for links). We begin with a quick review of what it takes to become a saint in t... Keep on reading: Brian O’Neel on the Saints of January||1/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jeremy Lott on the Religious Newsmakers of 2013||Jeremy Lott of the RealClear world (now an editor-at-large at RealClearPolitics) joins us to discuss his list of the top religious newsmakers of 2013. Unlike a list that focuses on events, his recounting of the year focuses on personalities. The usual suspects, namely Pope Francis, make the list, but so do some other folks that you may not have remembered or even heard of. We start off the coversation with two leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention -- Fred Luter and Russel Moore -- ... Keep on reading: Jeremy Lott on the Religious Newsmakers of 2013||1/12/14||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.