By Ron Mourad
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Ultimate Concerns features interviews and discussions with religion experts about their research. Insights from these discussions are applied to contemporary cultural and political questions. Topics are related to many different religions (such as Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism) and methods of study (such as literary studies, history, theology, and philosophy). Ron Mourad, professor of religious studies at Albion College, hosts the show.
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In general, I found this podcast very relevant and intreaguing, even though it got a bit more technical for me as a layman. Here are some specifics:
1. The pace could be a bit slower, as I am generally a slow reader ( and perhaps it applies to my listening traits).
2. Perhaps a little historical introduction to the gospel writers and where Luke stands among them chronologically, would be helpful.
3. The questions to the book author were very probing, relevant, and amusing as well, such as the question about Luke's anti-semitism and whether or not he had read Paul's letters.
Refreshing, insightful, professional look at historical motivations of Luke's messages. Very well done.
Really interesting discussions about recent religion scholarship.