Christian Studies
South Asian Studies November 27, 2020

Citizenship in a Caste Polity

Religion, Language and Belonging in Goa

Jason Keith Fernandes

Hosted by Ali Mohsin
In the mid-1980s, Goa witnessed mass demonstrations, violent protests and political mobilising, following which Konkani was declared the official language of the Goan territory. However, Konkani was recognised only in …

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Secularism November 25, 2020

Hope in a Secular Age

Deconstruction, Negative Theology and the Future of Faith

David Newheiser

Hosted by Carrie Lynn Evans
In his new book, Hope in a Secular Age: Deconstruction, Negative Theology, and the Future of Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2020), David Newheiser argues that hope is the indispensable precondition …
History November 25, 2020

Neoliberalism's Demons

On the Political Theology of Late Capital

Adam Kotsko

Hosted by Jonathan Megerian
It’s hard to avoid conversations about ‘neoliberalism’ these days. The meaning of the term—indeed its very existence—is hotly contested. Adam Kotsko argues in Neoliberalism’s Demons: On the Political Theology of …
Intellectual History November 19, 2020

No Future in This Country

The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry Mcneal Turner

Andre E. Johnson

Hosted by Hettie V. Williams
No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner by Andre E. Johnson, an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies at the University of Memphis …
Christian Studies November 13, 2020

The Life and Times of Samuel Prideaux Tregelles

A Forgotten Scholar

Timothy C. F. Stunt

Hosted by Crawford Gribben
For the sixty years in which he has made a distinguished contribution to the religious history of the nineteenth century, Timothy Stunt has been working on the life and times …
European Studies November 11, 2020

Jerusalem Afflicted

Quaresmius, Spain, and the Idea of a 17th-century Crusade

Ken Tully and Chad Leahy

Hosted by Elizabeth Spragins
On Good Friday, 1626, Franciscus Quaresmius delivered a sermon in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem calling on King Philip IV of Spain to undertake a crusade to …
Christian Studies November 11, 2020

Grace and Freedom

William Perkins and the Early Modern Reformed Understanding of Free Choice and Divine Grace

Richard Muller

Hosted by Crawford Gribben
No-one has done more than Richard A. Muller to shape our approach to early modern historical theology. His earlier work, and most especially the four volumes of his Post-Reformation Reformed …
Israel Studies November 5, 2020

Between Dixie and Zion

Southern Baptists and Palestine before Israel

Walker Robins

Hosted by Lane Davis
In Between Dixie and Zion: Southern Baptists and Palestine before Israel (University of Alabama Press, 2020), Walker Robins explores how Southern Baptists engaged what was called the “Palestine question”: whether …
American Studies November 4, 2020

Settling the Good Land

Governance and Promotion in John Winthrop’s New England

Agnès Delahaye

Hosted by Krzysztof Odyniec
Agnès Delahaye’s new book, Settling the Good Land: Governance and Promotion in John Winthrop’s New England (Brill, 2020), is the story of John Winthrop’s tenure as governor of the Massachusetts …
Biography November 4, 2020

Christobiography

Memory, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels

Craig Keener

Hosted by Jonathan Wright
Are the canonical Gospels historically reliable? The four canonical Gospels are ancient biographies, narratives of Jesus’s life. The authors of these Gospels were intentional in how they handled historical information …
German Studies November 2, 2020

Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720)

Paolo Astorri

Hosted by Krzysztof Odyniec
In Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720) (Verlag Ferdinand Schoningh, 2019), Paolo Astorri shows how the Protestant Reformation influence European law. Martin Luther and his …
East Asian Studies October 28, 2020

Jesus Loves Japan

Return Migration and Global Pentecostalism in a Brazilian Diaspora

Suma Ikeuchi

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
In 1990, the Japanese government introduced the Nikkei-jin (Japanese descendant) visa and since then it has attracted more than 190,000 Nikkei Brazilian nationals to Japan. In Jesus Loves Japan: Return …
American Studies October 27, 2020

Tornado God

American Religion and Violent Weather

Peter J. Thuesen

Hosted by Lane Davis
In Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather (Oxford UP, 2020), Peter J. Thuesen links the “numinous” religious experiences of Americans as they experienced the uniquely destructive weather phenomenon of …
British Studies October 20, 2020

Permanent Revolution

The Reformation and the Illiberal Roots of Liberalism

James Simpson

Hosted by Jonathan Megerian
The Protestant Reformation looms large in our cultural imagination. In the standard telling, it’s the moment the world went modern. Casting off the shackles and superstitions of medieval Catholicism, reformers …
African American Studies October 19, 2020

Jezebel Unhinged

Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture

Tamura Lomax

Hosted by Kristian Petersen
One of the central threads in the public discourse on Black womanhood is the idea of the “Jezebel.” This trope deems Black women and girls as dishonorable and sexually deviant …
European Studies October 19, 2020

The Invention of Papal History

Onofrio Panvinio between Renaissance and Catholic Reform

Stefan Bauer

Hosted by Crawford Gribben
Stefan Bauer has written an outstanding study of one of the most important Catholic historians in early modern Europe. Bauer, who has just taken up a new position teaching history …
Intellectual History October 6, 2020

Human Dignity in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition

Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant Perspectives

John Loughlin

Hosted by Yakir Englander
Dignity is a fundamental aspect of our lives, yet one we rarely pause to consider; our understandings of dignity, on individual, collective and philosophical perspectives, shape how we think, act …
British Studies October 6, 2020

Catholicity and the Covenant of Works

James Ussher and the Reformed Tradition

Harrison Perkins

Hosted by Crawford Gribben
Historians of early modern religion recognise the importance of the development of covenant theology in the formation of Calvinism. Harrison Perkins, who teaches systematic theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary and …
American Studies October 2, 2020

The American Puritans

Dustin Benge and Nate Pickowicz

Hosted by Crawford Gribben
On the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival in the new world of the Mayflower, Dustin Benge and Nate Pickowicz have written a lively and accessible account of America’s earliest …
European Studies October 2, 2020

Orthodox Yet Modern

Herman Bavinck’s Use of Friedrich Schleiermacher

Cory C. Brock

Hosted by Crawford Gribben
Cory C. Brock has published an exciting new book on one of the most important Dutch Reformed theologians from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Herman Bavinck negotiated his …