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As an extension of the online magazine the Revealer, this podcast explores the social and political roles religion plays throughout the world. How should we make sense of religion's influence on politics, sexuality, race, and people's everyday lives? Produced by NYU's Center for Religion and Media and hosted by Dr. Brett Krutzsch, each month we'll sit down with experts to discuss how religion shapes our world. Join us for this important conversation.

The Revealer The Center for Religion and Media at NYU

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

As an extension of the online magazine the Revealer, this podcast explores the social and political roles religion plays throughout the world. How should we make sense of religion's influence on politics, sexuality, race, and people's everyday lives? Produced by NYU's Center for Religion and Media and hosted by Dr. Brett Krutzsch, each month we'll sit down with experts to discuss how religion shapes our world. Join us for this important conversation.

    LGBTQ Republicans

    LGBTQ Republicans

    LGBTQ Republicans and LGBTQ conservatives are more common than many people may realize. Neil Young, author of Coming Out Republican: A History of the Gay Right, joins us to discuss LGBTQ conservatives and their place within the Republican Party. We discuss how gay Republicans responded to the rise of the anti-queer religious right in the GOP, how they worked to convince church-going Americans that it is okay to be gay, how they are responding to the current barrage of anti-trans legislation, and what they want for America as we head into the 2024 election.

    • 47 min
    Contemporary Christian Music’s Political and Religious Messages

    Contemporary Christian Music’s Political and Religious Messages

    What are the religious and political messages the massive Contemporary Christian Music industry broadcasts? Leah Payne, author of God Gave Rock and Roll to You: A History of Contemporary Christian Music, joins us to discuss why evangelical leaders invested so heavily in this industry and why they especially wanted it to resonate with teenagers. We discuss the racial, religious, and nationalistic ideas this music promotes, the music’s messaging about gender, and what Christian pop culture reveals about what evangelicals, Pentecostals, and other conservative Protestants envision for the United States and what they want in the 2024 election.

    • 34 min
    Ex-Evangelicals and U.S. Politics

    Ex-Evangelicals and U.S. Politics

    What is contributing to the growing and prominent movement of ex-evangelicals in the United States? Sarah McCammon, a National Political Correspondent for NPR and author of the forthcoming book The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church, joins us to discuss why so many people are leaving white evangelicalism and how that exodus impacts the broader culture. We discuss ex-evangelicals’ insights about why so many evangelicals are primed to accept “alternative facts,” why most white evangelicals remain loyal to Trump, and what all of this portends about the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

    • 30 min
    Religion’s Role in Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

    Religion’s Role in Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

    How has Russia used religion as a tactic and justification for its invasion of Ukraine? Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, author of The Church’s Unholy War: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Orthodoxy, joins us to discuss the place of Orthodox Christianity within Russia’s war against Ukraine. How has Russia used the Orthodox Church to influence life in Ukraine? How have Russian Orthodox Church leaders justified the invasion and the horrific violence? And what can Orthodox Christians and other concerned people around the world do to help bring an end to this war?

    • 45 min
    Sexual Ethics for Today’s World

    Sexual Ethics for Today’s World

    How do your sexual behaviors reflect and influence your broader social interactions? Ethicist Dr. Rebecca Epstein-Levi, author of When We Collide: Sex, Social Risks, and Jewish Ethics, joins us to discuss sexual ethics for today’s world. What does it mean to be sex positive? What might the rabbis of the Talmud, writing more than a thousand years ago, have to say about social risks that could help us think about sexually transmitted infections and other sexual risks? And in a world that seems to be falling apart from climate change, war, and right wing politics, why is it especially important to pay attention to sexual ethics now?

    • 30 min
    Religion and Reproductive Rights

    Religion and Reproductive Rights

    The fight to make abortion access legal, just like the fight to outlaw abortion, is one replete with religious voices. For this episode, two experts on religion and reproductive rights join us to discuss these issues. First, we chat with Dr. Gillian Frank about religious leaders, like Reverend Elinor Yeo, who helped thousands of people in the U.S. get abortions before and after Roe v. Wade. Then, we chat with Dr. Sophie Bjork-James about pro-life evangelicals and connections between their opposition to abortion and their approach to climate change. – This episode is part of The Revealer’s 2023 special issue on “Religion and Reproductive Rights” that goes live October 4 at therevealer.org.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

GottaPetrie ,

Broad, Welcoming, Thorough

I *love* this show & magazine. Brett is a dream interviewer: clarifying questions that encourage scholars to get to the heart of why their work matters to general, non-specialists like me. The scope is enormous. The conversations always engaging. If you’re looking for a show about scholarship in religion? There isn’t another podcast that comes close to delivering this kind of breadth with generosity and clarity.

aileen humphreys ,

5 stars

I love this podcast. You will hear big ideas here FIRST - directly from the researchers and professors doing the work. Their passion always comes through and they are always appreciative of the host’s thoughtful questions. A professor hosting professors.

Podcastloverny ,

Fascinating

I’ve loved all the different topics this podcast covers. The guests are fascinating, and I’ve learned several things each episode. I especially liked the one on Hasidic heretics.

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