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.
||Tracy McKenzie on The First Thanksgiving (Encore Presentation)||What events led up to the “First” Thanksgiving and what was life like for the Pilgrims who celebrated it? Prof. Tracy McKenzie, the chair of the Department of History at Wheaton College, takes up this topic from the vantage point of a Christian historian. He challenges some of our “grade school” understandings of what that event was all about, but in a way that retains the reverence for the people and events during that time. We start our conversation by looking at the topic of “rev... Keep on reading: Tracy McKenzie on The First Thanksgiving (Encore Presentation)||11/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Mislin on Embracing Religious Pluralism||In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the United States experienced a tremendous amount of economic, demographic, and cultural change that became reflected in a number of new religious movements and trends. Prof. David Mislin, assistant professor in the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University, discusses how this era gave rise to new conceptualizations of religious pluralism on the part of mainline Protestants and how this, in turn, shaped the way we think about religious... Keep on reading: David Mislin on Embracing Religious Pluralism||11/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Art Carden on Christian Ethics & Economics (Encore Presentation)||We're taking a short break, but will return with some fresh episodes soon. In the meantime please enjoy this popular interview from the past. How does a Christian economist approach the religious charge of helping one’s neighbor? We talk with Art Carden, assistant professor of economics at Samford University and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, about the relationship between Christian ethics, economic growth, and the best way to help one’s neig... Keep on reading: Art Carden on Christian Ethics & Economics (Encore Presentation)||11/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daniel Philpott on Defending Religious Freedom||While the promotion of religious liberty sounds relatively innocuous, there have been growing voices standing against such a foreign policy as practiced by the United States, Canada, and some Western European nations. Prof. Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, examines the basis for a number of these critiques and responds to them, arguing that religious liberty is a universal human right that should be protected and promoted both... Keep on reading: Daniel Philpott on Defending Religious Freedom||11/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Peter Leeson on Witch Trials and Human Sacrifice||During the 16th century, Europe experienced a wave of witchcraft trials that has captured our imagination, and much scholarly attention, up until the present era. But the "wave" of witchcraft trials was not geographically uniform. Prof. Peter Leeson, a professor of economics at George Mason University, focuses the lens of rational choice theory to explain the occurrence, duration, and geographic distribution of this seemingly irrational phenomenon. We also save time to explore an even... Keep on reading: Peter Leeson on Witch Trials and Human Sacrifice||10/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michael Cromartie on Religion, the Media, and Think Tanks||Jay Hein on the Invisible Revolution. How did the secular and religious media react to the recent visit of Pope Francis to the United States? And what does a think tank do to influence the national dialogue and policymakers on a variety of issues related to religion and faith? These area a few of the questions we explore with Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. A former research assistant to Chuck Colson, member of the US Commission... Keep on reading: Michael Cromartie on Religion, the Media, and Think Tanks||10/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ron Hassner on Religion in the Military||From issues as diverse as pacifism to rituals that require special garments that interfere with uniforms, militaries around the world often find themselves trying to accommodate the various religious beliefs and practices of their soldiers. How such issues are manage has largely gone unstudied by academics. However, Dr. Ron Hassner -- associate professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley -- has taken up the task to research this topic by assembling a group of... Keep on reading: Ron Hassner on Religion in the Military||10/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Whitney Bauck on Religion and Fashion||What is fashion theology? And what is the link between Christianity, clothing, and the textile industry? Freelance journalist and photographer Whitney Bauck, creator and host of the blog Unwrinkling, gives us a glimpse into the world of fashion and religion, and how the two worlds are, and should be, related. This is a fascinating conversation into something few people actually know about. The conversation begins with a little background on Whitney, from her roots as the daughter of mi... Keep on reading: Whitney Bauck on Religion and Fashion||10/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Patel on Religion & Social Order in Iraq||Why have many women in the Middle East resorted to increasingly conservative modes of dress in recent decades? And what happens after a political regime rapidly collapses leaving society in near total chaos as happened in Iraq in 2003? Dr. David Patel, a junior research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, answers these questions and accounts for the rise and success of ISIS by using a political-economic approach to religious institutions and behavior. ... Keep on reading: David Patel on Religion & Social Order in Iraq||9/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Joseph Castleberry on the New Pilgrims||What role are immigrants to the United States playing in America's religious landscape? Dr. Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwest University (Kirkland, WA), examines this question and discusses his recently-published book The New Pilgrims. While many pundits and commentators have focused on the role of immigration in labor markets, Dr. Castleberry adds to the conversation by showing how newcomers to our country have helped to revitalize our spiritual lives, both historically and in the... Keep on reading: Joseph Castleberry on the New Pilgrims||9/20/2015||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.