12 episodes

Conversations about places where faith and politics overlap, with particular interest in extremism and violence. Run by the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence www.csbvbristol.org.uk. Most episodes are co-hosted by Helen Paynter, director of the CSBV, and Matthew Feldman, expert on the 'radical right', along with with an invited guest. Conversations focus on a diverse range of topics, such as antisemitism, the myth of redemptive violence, BLM, Islamism, and MAGA. Music at the beginning and end of each episode was from "Pride Cometh", used by kind permission of FALL Hardcore.

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Conversations about places where faith and politics overlap, with particular interest in extremism and violence. Run by the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence www.csbvbristol.org.uk. Most episodes are co-hosted by Helen Paynter, director of the CSBV, and Matthew Feldman, expert on the 'radical right', along with with an invited guest. Conversations focus on a diverse range of topics, such as antisemitism, the myth of redemptive violence, BLM, Islamism, and MAGA. Music at the beginning and end of each episode was from "Pride Cometh", used by kind permission of FALL Hardcore.

    Religion and Colonialism in Ireland and Rhodesia with guest Donal Lowry

    Religion and Colonialism in Ireland and Rhodesia with guest Donal Lowry

    In this episode Helen and Matthew speak with historian Dr Donal Lowry, senior member of Regents Park College, Oxford. Donal is an expert on the British Empire, particularly Rhodesia and Northern Ireland, and in our conversation he traces fascinating...

    • 46 min
    Religious language in the 'secular' mainstream - with guest Valerie Hobbs

    Religious language in the 'secular' mainstream - with guest Valerie Hobbs

    In this episode, Helen and Matthew talk with Dr. Valerie Hobbs, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. We talk about the way that religious language pervades and influences mainstream political discourse. Valerie's book,...

    • 54 min
    Political Islam and interfaith conversations - with guest Hifsa Haroon Iqbal

    Political Islam and interfaith conversations - with guest Hifsa Haroon Iqbal

    Matthew and Helen talk with Muslim community leader Hifsa Haroon Iqbal, MBE, about political elements of Islam, violence within the Q'ran and the Bible, dialogue between Jewish and Muslim women, and Christmas. Hifsa is trustee of the Islamic-Jewish ...

    • 40 min
    The myth of redemptive violence and gun culture - with guest Steve Harmon

    The myth of redemptive violence and gun culture - with guest Steve Harmon

    Can we defeat the dragon without becoming the dragon? In this episode, Helen and Matthew talk with Revd Dr Steve Harmon, Professor of Historical Theology at Gardner-Webb University, North Carolina. Steve is the author of a number of books, most recently...

    • 50 min
    Should Christians have a privileged voice in society? - with guest Paul Lusk

    Should Christians have a privileged voice in society? - with guest Paul Lusk

    In this episode Helen and Matthew talk with Paul Lusk about the role that the church should occupy within the public square. Paul is the author of The Jesus Candidate: Political Religion in a Secular Age, and this blog post on the origins of the...

    • 57 min
    Islamist extremism and the mainstream - with guest David Toube

    Islamist extremism and the mainstream - with guest David Toube

    Helen and Matthew talk with David Toube, director of policy at Quilliam, the counter-extremism organisation. Based on this briefing paper, written by Quilliam for the British government, we discuss the mainstreaming of Islamism, and the benefits and...

    • 47 min

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