Ingvild Sælid Gilhus is Professor of Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is Vice-President of the International Association for the History of Religions (until 2015). She works in the areas of religion in late antiquity and new religious movements and her main publications include Laughing Gods, Weeping Virgins: laughter in the history of religions (1997) and Animals, Gods and Humans: changing attitudes to animals in Greek, Roman and early Christian ideas (2006). She is book review editor for Numen and an editorial board member for Temenos.
Angels seem always to break boundaries. Neither human nor god, male nor female, whether Christian or otherwise, angels seem always to have functioned as representatives of an unruly popular religious impulse which seems to sit just below the elite constructions with which the study of religion has traditionally concerned itself.
Following from our interview on Monday with Ingvild Gilhus, today's podcast presents an "authors meet critics" session on the new edited volume by Ingvild Gilhus and Steven Sutcliffe, New Age Spirituality: Rethinking Religion. This was recorded at the University of Edinburgh at the launch of the book,