ReligionProf Podcast

Episode 41 with Jessica Reed

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The Religion Prof Podcast is the podcast of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, in which he talks about the Bible, science fiction, education, music, and pretty much anything else that happens to grab his surprisingly short attention span.
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Episode 41 with Jessica Reed
Jessica Reed is my colleague at Butler University and a poet whose poetry explores science. Listen as she shares poems (by others as well as her own) and as we reflect on interdisciplinarity, spirituality, and other things that meet at the intersection of the arts and the natural sciences! 
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June 11, 2019
Episode 40 with Emily Swan
This week's guest on the podcast is Emily Swan, a minister, author, Doctor Who fan, and Butler University graduate. And so we had a lot of points of common interest to talk about! Listen and find out more about her book Solus Jesus (co-authored with Ken Wilson), how Pentecostalism stands poised to offer something to this moment in the history of Christianity, even as forms of it may move not just beyond Evangelicalism, but beyond Protestantism. 
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June 4, 2019
Episode 39 with Katie Day and Deirdre Good
My two guests this week are both seminary professors who recently compiled a collection of sermons and reflections that are all responses to the traumas that seminary faculty and students have been subjected to in instances of authoritarian decision-making, termination of tenured faculty, and so on. Listen in as we reflect on the challenges facing educational institutions across the board (in particular but by no means exclusively seminaries), how we might respond when we undergo traumatic experiences, how to support others who are going through such things, and perhaps most of all, how to find a path forward that navigates these turbulent times without inflicting harm on our colleagues. 
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May 21, 2019
Episode 38 with Brian Wesolowski
Here's part 2 of my conversation with Brian Wesolowski on what it means to think about technology as a possible mediator of grace.
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May 14, 2019
Episode 37 with Brian Wesolowski
Brian Wesolowski interviewed me as part of his work to produce a new "Gracefully Tech" podcast. He will be using clips from our conversation there together with clips from others. Here, I'm sharing the entirety of our conversation. Both will be different, and both will be worth listening to!  This is part 1. Stay tuned for part 2 next week!
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May 7, 2019
Episode 36 with Batman
This special episode features the audio recording of my presentation and that of Matt Brake at the Batman conference at Bowling Green State University in April 2019. 
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April 30, 2019
Episode 35 with Jonathan David Lawrence
My conversation with Jonathan David Lawrence ranges through topics as diverse as ancient immersion rituals, modern interfaith work, and educational games! 
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April 23, 2019
Episode 34 with Anthony Le Donne
Anthony Le Donne returns to the ReligionProf Podcast to talk about the new book in his Gods of Thrones project about religion in Game of Thrones. 
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April 16, 2019
Episode 33 with Robert Geraci
Robert Geraci joins me all the way from Bangalore, India to talk about his current research, his latest book, and his trajectory through the exploration of the intersection of religion, science, and science fiction.
39:47
April 9, 2019
Episode 32 with Deb Saxon
In this episode my colleague Deb Saxon talks about her longtime fascination with extracanonical texts about Jesus, their role in allowing women's voices from ancient Christianity to be heard, and contemporary efforts to reach a wider audience for these texts by animating them or setting them to music. 
31:00
April 2, 2019
Episode 31 with A. David Lewis
Today's episode explores how A. David Lewis' unique background as both a scholar of religion and a comic book creator provided the opportunity for him to revive a Muslim comic book hero who fought Nazis in France in the 1940s, and bring him to Boston in the present era. 
37:51
March 26, 2019
Episode 30 with Zondervan NRSV Bibles
This episode features a conversation with two members of Zondervan/HarperCollins' team that works on and promotes the New Revised Standard Version, Melissa Bouma and Bob Gaudet. Find out what happens behind the scenes of the Bibles you know and love!
36:15
March 19, 2019
Episode 29 with Adam Lee and Andrew Murtagh
Andrew Murtagh and Adam Lee, both Patheos bloggers, made a guest appearance at Butler University a while back. Ever since, we've had in mind to resume the conversation for a wider audience through a podcast. Here it is! Find out what precisely brought a Christian and atheist together to make common cause! 
36:15
March 12, 2019
Episode 28 with Derek Penwell
Listen to this week's episode as Derek Penwell and I talk about how we should be sarcastic, because we follow Jesus' example! That's just one of the things we explore in talking about Derek's new book Outlandish.
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March 5, 2019
Episode 27 with Paul Driscoll
Enjoy today's conversation with Paul Driscoll, who has written about Doctor Who in many places, including the volume on The God Complex in the series The Black Archive. 
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February 26, 2019
Episode 26 with Jeremiah Bailey
This week's episode features New Testament scholar Jeremiah Bailey and science fiction author Nathaniel Hosford. What's the connection between the two? You'll just have to listen and find out!
44:31
February 19, 2019
Episode 25 with Pete Enns
Join me, Pete Enns, and Pete's cat Marmalade for a conversation about his latest book, How the Bible Actually Works.
36:09
February 12, 2019
Episode 24 with Martin Doblmeier
This week's episode features Martin Doblmeier as we talk about his work as a documentary filmmaker and his latest movie, Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story. 
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February 5, 2019
Episode 23 with Helen Bond
Dr. Helen Bond from the University of Edinburgh is my guest on today's episode, which focuses on the characters who make relatively brief appearances in the Gospels but deserve to be considered in their own right - Caiaphas, Pilate, John the Baptist, Joseph, and several others.
44:36
January 29, 2019
Episode 22 with Douglas Cowan
Douglas Cowan has written some of the most important studies of religion in horror and science fiction. His latest book turns his attention specifically to fantasy and fairy tales. It was a delight to have the chance to chat with him about his new book, his earlier books, and where one or both of us might turn our attention next!
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January 22, 2019
Episode 21 with Thomas Jay Oord
In this week's episode Tom Oord and I talk about his latest book, God Can't, on the problem of evil, divine power, prayer, healing, and related issues. We talk as well about the subject of an earlier book he edited to which I contributed, namely the intersection of academic work with social media.
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January 15, 2019
Episode 20 with Ankur Gupta
The continuation of my conversation with Ankur which began last week.
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January 8, 2019
Episode 19 with Ankur Gupta
Happy New Year! Ankur Gupta and I are at it again, talking about new aspects of our work on the intersection of computer programming and religion, robots and ethics.
28:42
January 1, 2019
Episode 18 with Christopher Benek
As a Christmas present to listeners, here is a supersized episode featuring Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek, a leading figure in the Christian transhumanist movement.
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December 25, 2018
Episode 17 with Brent Hege
In this episode of the ReligionProf Podcast I talk with my colleague Brent Hege, Lutheran theologian, religion professor, and our Center for Faith and Vocation scholar in residence at Butler University, about a number of topics, including being a person of faith teaching religion and theology at a secular institution such as the one where we both work.
29:42
December 18, 2018
Episode 16 with Karen Keen
Karen Keen's recent book is important because it addresses not only a topic of crucial importance in our time, but highlights the broader question of how the Bible should be interpreted, and the example that Jesus and the authors of the Bible themselves provide as to how to apply scripture. Listen, and then order many copies of the book for use in your book club, discussion group, or Sunday school class!
38:20
December 11, 2018
Episode 15 with Douglas Estes
Part two of my conversation with Douglas Estes!
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December 4, 2018
Episode 14 with Douglas Estes
The first part of a two-podcast conversation with Douglas Estes focused on his new book, Braving the Future, exploring how Christians can balance being positive about technology without being uncritical when it comes to its use.
37:58
November 27, 2018
Episode 13 with Matt Brake
In this week's episode Matt Brake and I talk about the new book series on theology and popular culture that he is editing. We hope you enjoy geeking out along with us!
43:16
November 20, 2018
Episode 12 with Ken Derry
In today's episode of the ReligionProf Podcast, I talk with Ken Derry, one of the editors of The Myth Awakens, the first ever book about religion and Star Wars from a religious studies perspective!
39:33
November 13, 2018
Episode 11 with Kyle Greenwood
In this week's episode I chat with Kyle Greenwood about his most recent book, Since the Beginning, as well as the broader subject of creation stories in Genesis and the history of interpretation thereof.
36:46
November 6, 2018
Episode 10 with Anthony Le Donne
Anthony Le Donne and I continue our conversation about the historical Jesus, touching on topics such as mythicism and historical method in the process.
37:17
October 30, 2018
Episode 9 with Anthony Le Donne
In this week's episode, Anthony Le Donne and I begin a conversation (that will continue in next week's episode) about the historical Jesus, John the Baptist, and other New Testament subjects of mutual interest.
30:47
October 23, 2018
Episode 8 with Ankur Gupta
Ankur Gupta and I continue our conversation about the intersection of ethics and technology on this week's ReligionProf Podcast.
32:52
October 16, 2018
Episode 7 with Eric Cline
This week's episode features renowned archaeologist Eric Cline. Listen as he and I talk about the intersection of archaeology and apocalyptic, among many other things.
30:56
October 9, 2018
Episode 6 with Becky Archibald
This week's episode features composer and pianist Becky Archibald, talking about a range of topics including not only her engagement with religion, but also working on films and being a composer in the era of digitally-distributed sounds and scores.
44:50
October 2, 2018
Episode 5 with Megan Grady-Rutledge
Episode 5 of the ReligionProf Podcast features academic technology specialist Megan Grady-Rutledge speaking about Digital Humanities (among other topics of interest).
34:16
September 25, 2018
Episode 4 with Shayna Watson
Shayna Watson is the mastermind (or superhero, if you prefer) behind ΘeoCon, the upcoming theology and popular culture convention. Find out what it's about, how it got started, and why you should attend if you can!
33:18
September 18, 2018
Episode 3 with Kimberly Winston
James McGrath talks with Kimberly Winston about her work as a journalist reporting on religion, with a focus most recently on the intersection of religion and science fiction.
38:57
September 11, 2018
Episode 2 with Ankur Gupta
A conversation between James McGrath and Ankur Gupta, both professors at Butler University, one in religion and the other in computer science, about their collaborative project about Artificial Wisdom, i.e. the intersection of computing and ethics.
39:02
September 4, 2018
Religion Prof Podcast Episode 1
The inaugural episode of the Religion Prof Podcast, the podcast of Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler University, in which he talks about the Bible, science fiction, education, music, and pretty much anything else that happens to grab his surprisingly short attention span. Today's guest in this inaugural episode is Tom Janke, director of the Center for Academic Technology at Butler University. In the episode they talk about podcasting itself and its role in higher education and public scholarship.
29:14
August 29, 2018
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