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Podcasts from the St. John's Law School Center for Law and Religion

    Legal Spirits Episode 043: The New Thoreaus

    Legal Spirits Episode 043: The New Thoreaus

    In this episode, Marc interviews Mark about his new article, “The New Thoreaus,” on the rise of the Nones and its impact on free-exercise law. Fifty years ago, in Wisconsin v. Yoder, the Supreme Court famously dismissed the idea that a solitary seeker–the Court gave the 19th Century Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau as an example–could…

    • 29 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 042: Two Blockbuster Decisions at SCOTUS

    Legal Spirits Episode 042: Two Blockbuster Decisions at SCOTUS

    The October 2021 term has ended with a bang. In this episode, we discuss the Court’s rulings in two significant church-and-state cases: Carson v. Makin, the Maine school funding case, and Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, the case of the football coach who prayed at the 50-yard line. We explain how the Court ruled in…

    • 31 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 041: Learning in War-Time

    Legal Spirits Episode 041: Learning in War-Time

    In this episode of Legal Spirits, Center Co-Directors Mark Movsesian and Marc DeGirolami explore C.S. Lewis’s great essay on the calling of the Christian scholar, “Learning in War-Time.” Lewis wrote the essay at the start of World War II, but it continues to speak to students and faculty today–Christian and non-Christian. As Lewis observes, “human…

    • 23 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 040: Raising the Christian Flag at City Hall

    Legal Spirits Episode 040: Raising the Christian Flag at City Hall

    In this episode, Center Co-Directors Marc DeGirolami and Mark Movsesian explore another law and religion case recently argued at the Supreme Court, Shurtleff v. City of Boston, concerning whether a municipality can decline a private group’s request to fly a religious flag on a city hall flagpole pursuant to a policy where it flies flags…

    • 31 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 039: Praying on the 50-Yard Line (Again)

    Legal Spirits Episode 039: Praying on the 50-Yard Line (Again)

    In this episode, Center Co-Directors Marc DeGirolami and Mark Movsesian explore the Court’s decision last week to cert grant in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, in which a high school football coach challenges his employer’s decision to discipline him for praying on the field after games. The case, which we discussed in an episode three…

    • 30 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 038: Law & Religion in “The Merchant of Venice”

    Legal Spirits Episode 038: Law & Religion in “The Merchant of Venice”

    Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, one of his “problem plays,” has long fascinated lawyers. Yet the legal arguments in the case are preposterous. In this episode, we discuss how Shakespeare uses an absurd legal dispute to illustrate deeper religious and political conflicts and speculate about the implications of the play for America today. Perhaps the…

    • 29 min

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stegj ,

Excellent podcast

Thanks for your recent review of the Carson and Kennedy cases. Always enlightening.

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