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The Religion Prof Podcast is the podcast of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, in which he talks about the Bible, science fiction, education, music, and pretty much anything else that happens to grab his surprisingly short attention span.
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Jessica Reed is my colleague at Butler University and a poet whose poetry explores science. Listen as she shares poems (by others as well as her own) and as we reflect on interdisciplinarity, spirituality, and other things that meet at the intersection of the arts and the natural sciences! 
Episode 40 with Emily Swan

Episode 40 with Emily Swan


This week's guest on the podcast is Emily Swan, a minister, author, Doctor Who fan, and Butler University graduate. And so we had a lot of points of common interest to talk about! Listen and find out more about her book Solus Jesus (co-authored with Ken Wilson), how Pentecostalism stands poised to offer something to this moment in the history of Christianity, even as forms of it may move not just beyond Evangelicalism, but beyond Protestantism. 
My two guests this week are both seminary professors who recently compiled a collection of sermons and reflections that are all responses to the traumas that seminary faculty and students have been subjected to in instances of authoritarian decision-making, termination of tenured faculty, and so on. Listen in as we reflect on the challenges facing educational institutions across the board (in particular but by no means exclusively seminaries), how we might respond when we undergo traumatic experiences, how to support others who are going through such things, and perhaps most of all, how to find a path forward that navigates these turbulent times without inflicting harm on our colleagues. 
Here's part 2 of my conversation with Brian Wesolowski on what it means to think about technology as a possible mediator of grace.
Brian Wesolowski interviewed me as part of his work to produce a new "Gracefully Tech" podcast. He will be using clips from our conversation there together with clips from others. Here, I'm sharing the entirety of our conversation. Both will be different, and both will be worth listening to! This is part 1. Stay tuned for part 2 next week!
Episode 36 with Batman

Episode 36 with Batman


This special episode features the audio recording of my presentation and that of Matt Brake at the Batman conference at Bowling Green State University in April 2019. 
My conversation with Jonathan David Lawrence ranges through topics as diverse as ancient immersion rituals, modern interfaith work, and educational games! 
Anthony Le Donne returns to the ReligionProf Podcast to talk about the new book in his Gods of Thrones project about religion in Game of Thrones. 
Robert Geraci joins me all the way from Bangalore, India to talk about his current research, his latest book, and his trajectory through the exploration of the intersection of religion, science, and science fiction.
Episode 32 with Deb Saxon

Episode 32 with Deb Saxon


In this episode my colleague Deb Saxon talks about her longtime fascination with extracanonical texts about Jesus, their role in allowing women's voices from ancient Christianity to be heard, and contemporary efforts to reach a wider audience for these texts by animating them or setting them to music. 
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