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.
||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|
||Dillard Faries on Religion, Newtonian Physics, and Quantum Mechanics||"Chance is nature's free will; choice is mankind's free will; and grace is God's free will." So writes Dr. Dillard Faries, a professor emeritus of physics at Wheaton College and author of the book Amazing Grace of Quantum Physics. The shift from a Newtonian understanding of the physical laws of nature to one based upon the weirdness of quantum mechanics sets the stage for looking at how humans understand what the universe, being, and free will is all about. Our conversation begins with... Keep on reading: Dillard Faries on Religion, Newtonian Physics, and Quantum Mechanics||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Quin Monson on Norms, Religion, and Politics||How do people view other religions? Are there norms of tolerance (or intolerance) that Americans hold in common? If there are differences in these norms, do they cut across political affiliation? These are some of the questions that Prof. Quin Monson, associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University, sets out to answer in a paper that he co-authored with his BYU colleagues Christopher Karpowitz and Kelly Patterson. We discuss their recent findings published in the... Keep on reading: Quin Monson on Norms, Religion, and Politics||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mark Lawson-Jones on Christmas Carols||Christmas carols are a traditional part of the holiday season in many parts of the world. Despite singing our favorite carols year-in-and-year-out, how much do we really know about where they came from and what they mean? Moreover, why did we ever begin singing about a partridge in a pear tree, particularly when partridges are not know to be all that airborne? How did that bird get up there?! To uncover these mysteries, Rev. Mark Lawson-Jones, a chaplain for Mission to the Seafarers and... Keep on reading: Mark Lawson-Jones on Christmas Carols||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jim Papandrea on Christology, Superheroes, and Science Fiction Films||Is Superman the representation of the Christ figure par excellent on celluloid? Do the writers of Star Trek share a Christian view of humanity? And what can The Terminator tell us about Christology and soteriology? These may not be questions that you hear debated at a theological seminary or a ComiCon gathering, but they are issues that pique the interest of Prof. James Papandrea, associate professor of Church history at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and author of the new... Keep on reading: Jim Papandrea on Christology, Superheroes, and Science Fiction Films||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Adam English on St. Nicholas of Myra, the Real Santa Claus (Encore Presentation)||Who was St. Nicholas? Did he really exist? And how did he become the “Santa Claus” that we know today? Prof. Adam English, associate professor in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Campbell University, opens up his latest book The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus and tells us the story of this fascinating early Church leader. We learn that St. Nicholas of Myra lived in the late 3rd and early 4th centuries in the area that is now southwest Turkey. Nicholas grew up in a... Keep on reading: Adam English on St. Nicholas of Myra, the Real Santa Claus (Encore Presentation)||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Michael Medved on Religion & Hollywood (encore presentation)||While Tony is still on a short sabbatical and trying to make improvements to the audio files of our show, we invite you to enjoy this interesting podcast from five years ago. There are now over 350 unique episodes in our archives, so please feel free to search our archives and tell a friend. Does Hollywood portray religion in a negative light? If so, why? And has it always been that way? We take up these questions and many more with film critic, radio talk show host, author, and cultu... Keep on reading: Michael Medved on Religion & Hollywood (encore presentation)||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Fishman on Saving Jewish Documents during World War II||During the 1930s and '40s as part of the Holocaust, the Nazi regime in Germany attempted to round up any and all Jewish cultural artifacts including artwork, books, and other documents. Prof. David Fishman, a professor of modern Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, shares with us the heroic efforts of a group of authors and poets in Vilna, Lithuania who fought these efforts and managed to smuggle hundreds of thousands of pages of documents out of a prison camp for safe keeping. ... Keep on reading: David Fishman on Saving Jewish Documents during World War II||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Tracy McKenzie on the First Thanksgiving (Annual Encore)||While Tony is taking an extended sabbatical and trying to update some technical issues with the audio, we encourage you to enjoy this annual favorite of his. What events led up to the “First” Thanksgiving and what was life like for the Pilgrims who celebrated it? Prof. Tracy McKenzie, a professor in 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 even... Keep on reading: Tracy McKenzie on the First Thanksgiving (Annual Encore)||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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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.