The Religious Studies Project (RSP) features weekly conversations with leading scholars of Religious Studies and related fields. Our aim is to provide engaging, concise, and reliable accounts of the most important concepts, traditions, scholars, and methodologies in the contemporary study of religion. Episodes are produced by The Religious Studies Project Association (SCIO), a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (charity number SC047750).
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Power and Diversity in 4th Century Martyr Shrines
How were 4th century Christian martyr shrines locations for the negotiation of power and diversity? In this interview, Nathaniel Morehouse explains the contested nature of these shrines.
The New Satanic Panic and the Return of Blasphemy | Discourse! April 2021
Join this month's host Dan Gorman and guests Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulos and Sidney Castillo to find out what connects Lil' Nas X, Alabama's yoga ban and Polish black metal. As politics moves rightwards across Europe and the US, are we entering a period of pushback from conservative religious institutions against minority religions and secularism?
Comparing Methods in Christian Origins
What happens when scholars take seriously the human-focused study of religious practices? In this episode, Willi Braun joins Andie Alexander to discuss the importance of critical approaches in the study of religion.
Understanding Evangelical Opposition to Climate Action
Evangelicals don't oppose climate activism for the reasons you think. Listen to expert Robin Veldman and find out why "embattlement" matters more than eschatology when it comes to rejecting climate science.
On the Tantracization of Jain Ascetic Rituals
In the RSP’s first episode on Jainism, Dr. Ellen Gough joins Andie Alexander to discuss what she terms “tantracization,” a method for thinking about the process of establishing something as tantric.
Human Rights in Australia: Discourse! March 2021
Join us for our March current events episode focused on human rights in Australia with the U Sydney crew: Prof Carole Cusack, Dr Breann Fallon and Ray Radford.
Great resource for the general study of religion
The RSP podcasts aim to "provide a resource for undergraduate students of religion, their teachers, and interested members of the public." I think the podcasts do a very good job of promoting religious studies in a way that mediates between the often superficial nature of what is covered in standard news media and the inaccessibility of some of the more scholarly resources in the field. As a specialist myself, I find that some of these podcasts are helpful in introducing me to areas of the larger field and to specific scholars and projects about which I previously had only a vague idea. I especially enjoyed the recent interview with Linda Woodhead on secularization theory. I highly recommend these podcasts as a resource for anyone who is interested in a jargon-free yet still serious exploration of what it means to study religion in the contemporary world.
Just taking turns bashing the subject
Not a discussion.
Just people taking turns trying to create sound bites.
I’ve learned nothing expect how important quality sound engineering is.
I’m interested in religion and the history of religion, but each episode has been dry, pedantic or both. This is the kind of closed worldview and discussion that give academics a bad name. A positive note: most of the contributors seem like they’d be nice enough people to talk to about topics outside their areas of expertise, and I’d probably trust them to take care of a cat or indoor plants.