Christian Studies

Christian Studies

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Interviews with scholars of Christianity about their new books.

Yaakov Beasley, "Joel, Obadiah, and Micah: Facing the Storm" (Maggid, 2024)

July 17, 2024

Joel, Obadiah, and Micah

Yaakov Beasley
Hosted by Michael Morales

Joel, Obadiah, and Micah all prophesied not after a calamity struck but right before a potential crisis or during the crisis itself. Facing immanent …

Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg, "The Abrahamic Vernacular" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

July 16, 2024

The Abrahamic Vernacular

Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Contemporary thought typically places a strong emphasis on the exclusive and competitive nature of Abrahamic monotheisms. This instinct is certainly b…

Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism—and What Comes Next

July 11, 2024

Preparing for War

Bradley Onishi

Watching the footage of the January 6 insurrection, Professor Bradley Onishi wondered: If I hadn't left evangelicalism, would I have been there? To…

Natasha L. Mikles, "Shattered Grief: How the Pandemic Transformed the Spirituality of Death in America" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 8, 2024

Shattered Grief

Natasha L. Mikles
Hosted by Jue Liang

The COVID-19 pandemic left millions grieving their loved ones without the consolation of traditional ways of mourning. Patients were admitted to hospi…

Andrew S. Jacobs, "Gospel Thrillers: Conspiracy, Fiction, and the Vulnerable Bible" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 8, 2024

Gospel Thrillers

Andrew S. Jacobs
Hosted by Michael Motia

What if the original teachings of Jesus were different from the Bible's sanitized 'orthodox' version? What covert motivations might inspire those who …

Tabitha Stanmore, "Cunning Folk: Life in the Era of Practical Magic" (Bloombury, 2024)

July 7, 2024

Cunning Folk

Tabitha Stanmore

Imagine: it's the year 1600 and you've lost your precious silver spoons, or maybe they've been stolen. Perhaps your child has a fever. Or you're facin…

Neena Mahadev, "Karma and Grace: Religious Difference in Millennial Sri Lanka" (Columbia UP, 2023)

July 6, 2024

Karma and Grace

Neena Mahadev
Hosted by Jessica Zu

Around the turn of the millennium, Pentecostal churches began to pepper majority-Buddhist Sri Lanka, setting off a sense of alarm among Buddhists who …

Timothy Grieve-Carlson, "American Aurora: Environment and Apocalypse in the Life of Johannes Kelpius" (Oxford UP, 2024)

July 6, 2024

American Aurora

Timothy Grieve-Carlson
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

American Aurora: Environment and Apocalypse in the Life of Johannes Kelpius (Oxford UP, 2024) explores the impact of climate change on early modern ra…

Elizabeth Aislinn O'Brien, "Surgery and Salvation: The Roots of Reproductive Injustice in Mexico, 1770-1940" (UNC Press, 2023)

July 5, 2024

Surgery and Salvation

Elizabeth Aislinn O'Brien

In Surgery & Salvation: The Roots of Reproductive Injustice in Mexico, 1770-1940 (University of North Carolina Press, 2023), Elizabeth O’Brien foregro…

Verso l’Alto (with Christine Wohar)

July 4, 2024

Verso l’Alto (with Christine Wohar)

Christine M. Wohar

Christine Wohar talks about Finding Frassati: And Following His Path to Holiness (EWTN, 2021), her book about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. The book …

Ben Wright, "Bonds of Salvation: How Christianity Inspired and Limited American Abolitionism" (LSU Press, 2020)

July 2, 2024

Bonds of Salvation

Ben Wright
Hosted by Shu Wan

Ben Wright's Bonds of Salvation: How Christianity Inspired and Limited American Abolitionism (LSU Press, 2020) demonstrates how religion structured th…

Peter Murray Jones, "The Medicine of the Friars in Medieval England" (Boydell & Brewer, 2024)

June 30, 2024

The Medicine of the Friars in Medieval England

Peter Murray Jones
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Friars are often overlooked in the picture of health care in late mediaeval England. Physicians, surgeons, apothecaries, barbers, midwives - these are…

Rachel Williams, "Tabernacles in the Wilderness: The US Christian Commission on the Civil War Battlefront" (Kent State UP, 2024)

June 30, 2024

Tabernacles in the Wilderness

Rachel Williams
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Examining how a civilian organization used the Civil War to advance their religious mission. Tabernacles in the Wilderness: The US Christian Commissi…

Jihye Lee, "A Jewish Apocalyptic Framework of Eschatology in the Epistle to the Hebrews" (T&T Clark, 2021)

June 29, 2024

A Jewish Apocalyptic Framework of Eschatology in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Jihye Lee

In contrast to scholarly belief that the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews envisions the transcendent, heavenly world as the eschatological inherit…

Denva Gallant, "Illuminating the Vitae Patrum: The Lives of Desert Saints in Fourteenth-Century Italy" (Penn State UP, 2024)

June 29, 2024

Illuminating the Vitae Patrum

Denva Gallant
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

During the fourteenth century in Western Europe, there was a growing interest in imitating the practices of a group of hermits known as the Desert Fat…

Matthew Goldmark, "Forms of Relation: Composing Kinship in Colonial Spanish America" (U Virginia Press, 2023)

June 28, 2024

Forms of Relation

Matthew Goldmark
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Drawing on literary texts, conversion manuals, and colonial correspondence from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and Peru, Forms of Relation: …

Jeremy Schipper, "Denmark Vesey's Bible: The Thwarted Revolt That Put Slavery and Scripture on Trial" (Princeton UP, 2022)

June 27, 2024

Denmark Vesey's Bible

Jeremy Schipper
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

In Denmark Vesey's Bible: The Thwarted Revolt that Put Slavery and Scripture on Trial (Princeton UP, 2022), Dr. Jeremy Schipper tells the story of a f…

Frederick Klaits et al., "Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City: Designs for Vitality" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

June 26, 2024

Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City

Frederick Klaits with Lashekia Chatman and Michael Richbart
Hosted by Shu Wan

In Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City: Designs for Vitality (Bloomsbury, 2022), Frederick Klaits compares how members of one majority white a…

Peter Hill, "Prophet of Reason: Science, Religion and the Origins of the Modern Middle East" (Oneworld Academic, 2024)

June 26, 2024

Prophet of Reason

Peter Hill
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

Today I talked to Peter Hill about his new book Prophet of Reason: Science, Religion and the Origins of the Modern Middle East (Oneworld Academic, 202…

Pinky Hota, "The Violence of Recognition: Adivasi Indigeneity and Anti-Dalitness in India" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023)

June 23, 2024

The Violence of Recognition

Pinky Hota
Hosted by Yash Sharma

The Violence of Recognition: Adivasi Indigeneity and Anti-Dalitness in India (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023) offers an unprecedented firsthand account of…