God and Mathematics

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What does math have to do with religion? In his interview with Hans van Eyghen, author Chris Ransford discusses his latest book 'God and the Mathematics of Infinity'. He discusses why mathematics is useful for thinking about religion, covering some of the conclusions he draws in the book.You can download this interview, and subscribe to receive our weekly podcast,If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to rate us. And remember,...
gods
mathematics
philosophy of religion
theory

Autism, Religion, and Imagination

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spectrum represent a unique population of study in the cognitive and psychological sciences of religion. Because religious cognition stems from normal social-cognitive capacities, which are altered for individuals on the spectrum, researchers also expect variation in how they think about supernatural agents.
anthropology
Autism
cognitive science of religion
Fantasy
mixed-methods
Psychology of Religion
Thomas J. Coleman

African American Spiritual Churches

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The African American Spiritual Churches are combinatory religious sites, which blend Protestant, Catholic, Spiritualist, Haitian Voodoo, and Benin's traditional Vodun practices. Female leadership and business management has been essential in the history of these churches. Dr. Guillory's upcoming book draws on years of archival research, ethnographic observation, and oral history interviews to tell the story of these churches from 1920 to the present day.
African American
Chemistry
History
New Orleans
religion
Sociology

The Legacy of Edward Tylor - Roundtable

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This roundtable recorded at the annual BASR conference at the University of Chester 2017 brought together a group of scholars interested in different perspectives on the legacy of Tylor. Topics discussed included his impact on indigenous societies, the debates over animism,
animism
anthropology of religion
Cognitive Sciences of Religion
indigenous religions
method and theory
pedagogy
Primal Monotheism
Psychology of Religion
spiritualism

The Political Relevance of the Sociology of Religion

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Following the lead of scholars such as Jose Casanova, Professor Turner brings the public and political role of religion into focus. By doing so, he argues, we can push the sociology of religion toward the realms of political theory, international relations, and race relations, thus creating an agenda in which the sociology of religion becomes increasingly mainstream and relevant to the world we live in, ...
evangelical
international relations
Politics
populism
public religion
Sociology

Christmas Special 2017 - Scrape My Barrel!

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As has now become traditional (how many times must something be repeated to become ‘tradition’? And does this make it ‘religious’?), we are delighted to end 2017 on a more light-hearted note and present our ‘Christmas’ special gameshow,
2017
amy whitehead
aswang
BASR2017
Dawn Llewellyn
George Chryssides
Jonathan Tuckett
Liam Sutherland
paul-francois tremlett
scrape my barrel
Xmas special

Drawn to the Gods - Religion, Comedy and Animated Television Programs

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In this podcast Associate Professor David Feltmate, author of Drawn to the Gods: Religion and Humor in The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy, chats to Breann Fallon about the manner in which these three television shows create a broad commentary on religion for the general public.
animation
Comedy
Family Guy
Humour
Humour Studies
Popular Culture
religion
religions studies
satire
South Park
The Simpson

Children in New Religious Movements

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In the complex and sometimes fraught relationship between New Religious Movements and the wider culture and state, why is it that children are so often a focus? Children are seen as needing special protection and therefore legitimising dramatic state intervention, but are also seen as of particular importance to the future of these movements, and in some more millennial groups, of the world itself.
children
David Robertson
New Religious Movements
Susan Palmer

Christian evangelical organisations in global anti-trafficking networks

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Since the turn of the twenty-first century, there has been a remarkable surge of interest among both academics and policy makers in the effects that religion has on international aid and development. Within this broad field, the work of ‘religious NGOs’ or ‘Faith-Based Organisations’ (FBOs) has garnered considerable attention.
Evangelical Christianity
human trafficking
Law
law human rights
NGOs
NGOs series

Changing Your Story: Assessing Ex-Member Narratives

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Ex-member testimony can be a difficult to deal with. Such testimony tends to receive privileged treatment in anti-cult literature, while some academics are prone to be sceptical, even suggesting ex-member testimony is worthless due to the danger of adaption and fiction.
BASR2017
Ex-member testimony
Identity
jehovah's witnesses
narrative
Religious Studies
Social Media

Muslims, NGOs, and the future of democratic space in Myanmar

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The critical situation of the Rohingyas has cast a shadow over Myanmar’s process of democratization and drawn attention to some aggressively un-civil sectors of this Buddhist majority country’s Muslim minority population. In this interview with Melissa Crouch, ...
Buddhism
Islam
Muslim NGOs
NGOs series
religious violence

Hyper-Real Religion, Digital Capitalism, and the Pygmalion Effect

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In this interview, recorded at the SocRel 2017 conference in Leeds, Professor Adam Possamai discusses the rising popularity of ‘Hyper-Real religion’ – a category encompassing Jediism, Matrixism, and other movements taking influence from popular culture. Situating hyper-real religions within the contemporary context of digital capitalism,
bricolage
digital capitalism
Hyper-Real religion
jediism
Matrixism
online religion

Beyond ‘Faith-Based Organizations’: Religion and NGOs in comparative perspective

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In this interview, we talk with Erica Bornstein about her studies of religious giving and social activism in India and Africa, and what the results of her research contribute to our understanding of the complex configurations of ‘Faith-Based Organizations’ across diverse religious contexts.Since the turn of the twenty-first century, ...
anthropology of religion
comparative religion
NGOs
NGOs series

Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western Eyes

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In this interview, recorded at the SocRel 2017 Annual Conference, Professor James Spickard talks about his latest project. Starting with a critique of North American sociology’s approach to religion, Spickard emphasises how our concepts of religion are historically grounded,
anthropology
Confucianism
ethnography
Ibn Khaldoun
Navajo
Sociology

Muslim NGOs and civil society in Indonesia

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While the service provision activities of some religious NGOs complement and enhance systems of low state capacity, in others they compete with state services and in still others service delivery by religious NGOs is associated...
Democracy
Indonesia
Islam
Muslim NGOs
NGOs series
Robert Hefner