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Weird Religion

By Brian Doak and Leah Payne

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Weird Religion is a podcast for people who think religion is weird but love it anyway. Your hosts, Leah Payne and Brian Doak, are both professors, authors, and pop culture aficionados, whose interests range from archaeology and history and linguistics to LARPing and The Walking Dead. Episodes tackle some piece of media highlighting the wonderful weirdness of religious experience—a documentary, a television show, a Twitter scandal—and use that as a "thread" on which to hang reflections on a wide variety of topics. Cults. The perils of fame within the evangelical world. Church attendance. Atheism. Gamer communities. Millennials and avocado toast. It's all here.

Customer Reviews

So fun!!!

Why is it that religion is the thing you aren’t allowed to talk about at a dinner party? There’s nothing more interesting! Plus, it’s inescapable even in modern culture - which is what I love about this podcast - two actually real life super smart people talking about the intersection religion and pop culture (among other things) in a super approachable way... I want to enter the conversation every time I listen... Great work Brian and Leah! I haven’t found anything else like this out there, except for maybe the liturgist podcast or the bad christian podcast, but both of those fail to do what you guys have captured here. Super fun :)

Interesting takes from experts

Great commentary from two people who actually know what they’re talking about. If you want to learn about religion and be entertained, listen to these two.

I love it!!

The topics of these episodes are current, compelling, and engaging.

Disclaimer: I did some research for the hosts on the episodes. But I love it! Sue me.

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