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 Deavel on De Sales, Newman, Chesterton, and Hitchcock||Location, location, location. That is the eternal cry of every real estate agent, and it proved prophetic for this week's guest, Prof. David Deavel, an assistant professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas -- as he grew up an evangelical Christian in the shadow of Notre Dame, which gave him the foundation for later converting to Catholicism. And along the way, he became an expert on a number of Catholic saints, theologians, and writers, which is where our discussion winds... Keep on reading: David Deavel on De Sales, Newman, Chesterton, and Hitchcock||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shari Rabin on Jews on the American Frontier||What is it like to be a stranger in a strange land on the move, and how does that affect one's ability to preserve their religious identity? This is a central question take up by Prof. Shari Rabin, an assistant professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston and director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, in her new book Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America. We begin, as usual, with a little background on our guest,... Keep on reading: Shari Rabin on Jews on the American Frontier||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Anselm Rink on Missionaries and Political Authority||Missionaries can often convert people to another faith, but do their efforts have other effects? Prof. Anselm Rink, a junior professor of political economy at the University of Konstanz (Germany), joins us to discuss an interesting survey and field experiment conducted in Peru to understand the effects missionizing may have on citizen attitudes towards political authority. We begin the conversation with a bit of Prof. Rink's background and how he ended up studying Protestants in the Peruvian... Keep on reading: Anselm Rink on Missionaries and Political Authority||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kenneth Vaughan on Consociationalism, Religion, and Lebanon (and more)||Can a country comprised of Sunni Muslims, Shiite Muslims, Druze, and Maronite Christians hold itself together politically and avoid conflict? Lebanon, a country with this confessional mixture, has had its problems with religious conflict in the past but has seemed to maintain a reasonably stable polity (relative to other countries in the region) via the institutional design of political consociationalism. Kenneth Vaughan, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Baylor University, explains how this... Keep on reading: Kenneth Vaughan on Consociationalism, Religion, and Lebanon (and more)||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jeff Levin on Judaism and Health (Encore Presentation)||Judaism is certainly good for the soul, but can it also be good for what else ails ya? Dr. Jeff Levin, the University Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health at Baylor University and a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Institute for Studies of Religion, brings his recent edited volume on Judaism and health to life in this interesting interview. ... Keep on reading: Jeff Levin on Judaism and Health (Encore Presentation)||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dirk Dalhausser & Kerry Jones on Building Churches||Have you ever wanted to build a church? And by "building a church," we're talking about the physical building that houses the congregation. What factors go into deciding how large the building should be, what types of space should be included in the interior, and how many parking spaces need to be allotted for peak use? To answer these questions and more, we are joined by Dirk Dalhausser and Kerry Jones from Goff Companies, a national church planning, construction, and real estate business... Keep on reading: Dirk Dalhausser & Kerry Jones on Building Churches||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jeff Rose on Street Preaching (Encore Presentation)||What would you do if you were a street preacher and someone poured beer on your head, blew smoke in your face, and threatened you with a knife? Jeff Rose, founder of JeremiahCry Ministries with his wife Pearl, has had that experience and he reveals his response in this fascinating interview that covers Jeff’s path to the street preaching profession and what it takes to be a street preacher. Tony starts out by asking if Jeff if he is crazy. It is not an uncommon question that folks who pass... Keep on reading: Jeff Rose on Street Preaching (Encore Presentation)||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Michael Douma on Van Raalte and Dutch Religious History||Not very many folks outside of the confines of religious scholars in western Michigan have heard of Rev. Albertus Van Raalte, but this Dutch preacher from the 19th century had a profound impact on the Dutch Reformed movement both in the Netherlands and the United States. Prof. Michael Douma, an assistant professor and director of the Institute for the Study of Market & Ethics at Georgetown University, reviews the life and thought of Van Raalte, explaining how his special blend of history... Keep on reading: Michael Douma on Van Raalte and Dutch Religious History||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Aurora Griffin on Being Catholic at Harvard||What is it like to be a devout Catholic attending a secular university? What steps can young believers take to ensure the integrity of the faith? Aurora Griffin, a graduate of Harvard University and a junior research scholar at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America, answers these questions and provides valuable insights from her book How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard. After a brief discussion of her current duties at Catholic University, Ms. Griffin... Keep on reading: Aurora Griffin on Being Catholic at Harvard||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Anthony Esolen on Timeless Hymns||St. Augustine once said, "He who sings, prays twice." Music has been a powerful component of Christian worship for its entire existence, and Prof. Anthony Esolen, a faculty fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, joins us to discuss the nature and importance of the truly timeless hymns. We begin as we usually do with a chat about our guest's personal background. Dr. Esolen enlightens us about Thomas More College (in Merrimack, New Hampshire), a new program he is setting up, and why... Keep on reading: Anthony Esolen on Timeless Hymns||1/14/2018||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.