Editors’ Picks, Summer 2018: Re-Experiencing Religious Experience

According to RSP Managing Editor, Tommy Coleman, "Anyone interested in stepping out the front door of their own discipline will find this podcast, like the book, contains tools for thinking you’d better not leave home without." During our "summer break", various members of the RSP editorial team will be sharing their thoughts on some podcasts from the RSP archive that they think you should listen to (again).

By Thomas J. Coleman III

Thomas J. Coleman III graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology in August 2016 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Currently, he is continuing his education as a Psychology Ph.D. student at Coventry University, as part of the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour Laboratory. He is an assistant editor for the journals Secularism & Nonreligion, and Secular Studies, and former Graduate Student Co-Representative for the American Psychological Association Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Division 36, and a managing editor for The Religious Studies Project. In addition to what's in the podcasts below, his interests span research in psychological anthropology, the cognitive sciences, and philosophy of science, focusing on theory of mind and folk psychology. Coleman recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Science, Religion & Culture with John R. Shook and Ralph W. Hood Jr., titled “Atheism, Secularity, and Science” and a special issue of the American Psychological Association journal, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality with Ralph W. Hood Jr., and Heinz Streib, titled “Atheism, Agnosticism, and Non-Religious Worldviews.” More recently, Thomas has joined the Unlikely Academics Podcast as a Co-Host. Email: Colema56@uni.Coventry.ac.uk

Thomas J. Coleman III

Thomas J. Coleman III graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology in August 2016 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Currently, he is continuing his education as a Psychology Ph.D. student at Coventry University, as part of the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour Laboratory. He is an assistant editor for the journals Secularism & Nonreligion, and Secular Studies, and former Graduate Student Co-Representative for the American Psychological Association Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Division 36, and a managing editor for The Religious Studies Project. In addition to what's in the podcasts below, his interests span research in psychological anthropology, the cognitive sciences, and philosophy of science, focusing on theory of mind and folk psychology. Coleman recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Science, Religion & Culture with John R. Shook and Ralph W. Hood Jr., titled “Atheism, Secularity, and Science” and a special issue of the American Psychological Association journal, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality with Ralph W. Hood Jr., and Heinz Streib, titled “Atheism, Agnosticism, and Non-Religious Worldviews.” More recently, Thomas has joined the Unlikely Academics Podcast as a Co-Host. Email: Colema56@uni.Coventry.ac.uk

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Religious Experience

In this wide-ranging interview (our 50th!), Ann Taves and David Wilson discuss the concept of religious experience. Taves challenges traditional models of religious experience, rejecting both an essentialist approach with a sui generis category and a constructivist approach which accepts only discourses. Instead, she argues that not only can we examine unusual experiences in themselves, ...

During our “summer break”, various members of the RSP editorial team will be sharing their thoughts on some podcasts from the RSP archive that they think you should listen to (again). Editors’ Picks, if you will. These aren’t necessarily ‘favourites’, but just some podcasts that came to mind that the author has found useful for whatever reason. We hope you enjoy these musings, and that you’ll maybe share some of your own in the comments, on social media, or by sending us an audio or video clip. And we’ll be back with new content on 17 September! Thanks for listening.

Continuing the ‘series’ is RSP Managing Editor, Tommy Coleman.

If I was marooned on a desert island and could only take one book with me I’d pick up my copy of Ann Taves’ David Gordon Wilson’s interview with Taves, entitled Religious Experience. The podcast, which is based on the game changing ideas found in RER, is also special for being our 50th episode. Anyone interested in stepping out the front door of their own discipline will find this podcast, like the book, contains tools for thinking you’d better not leave home without. Additionally, both serve as building blocks to her more recent work on Worldviews and Ways of Life. Have a listen…

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