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ReligionProf Podcast

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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 a… read more

54 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

ReligionProf Podcast with Tripp Fuller

November 16th, 2020


In this episode Tripp Fuller and I have a conversation about his most recent book, Divine Self-Investment: An Open and Relational Constructive …

ReligionProf Podcast with the Hosea Filmmakers

September 25th, 2020


In this episode Dr. James F. McGrath talks with film producers Avril Z. Speaks and Suzanne Watson and writer/director Ryan Daniel Dobson about their new movie Hosea, which explores how the story of Hosea and Gomer in …

ReligionProf Podcast with Aaron Cote

September 9th, 2020


In this episode I talk with musician and Butler University graduate Aaron Abrahamson Cote about his new project Songs of Scripture.

ReligionProf Podcast with Tony Burke

August 11th, 2020


In this episode of the ReligionProf Podcast I talk with Tony Burke about the latest volume of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, …

ReligionProf Podcast with Rev. Matt Kelley

June 5th, 2020


Matt Kelley is a Butler University Religion graduate as well as co-editor of a new book, Fathering Together, Volume 1. In this episode you'll hear us …

ReligionProf Podcast with Matthew Korpman

February 4th, 2020


How can a book called Saying No To God be an expression of a Christian perspective? Because, as Korpman and I discuss in this double-length episode, this is precisely the stance that a number of biblical as well as …

ReligionProf Podcast with Roger Sneed

January 21st, 2020


Dr. Roger Sneed has been exploring the Octavia Butler archive and has found some truly amazing things, some of which he shares in this episode of the …

ReligionProf Podcast with Sara Parks

January 7th, 2020


In this episode Sara Parks and I talk about her new book, Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus: Women in Q. You don't need to accept the majority view about the hypothetical source used by Matthew and Luke in order to find …

ReligionProf Podcast with Juli Gittinger

December 3rd, 2019


Science fiction provides unique opportunities to explore one of the most pressing philosophical, religious, and ethical questions there is: what is a …

ReligionProf Podcast with Ruth Hayhoe

November 19th, 2019


Ruth Hayhoe is the sister of Suzanne McCarthy, the biblioblogger who did so much to elevate the voices of women in the realm of Bible blogging. Suzanne tragically died of cancer in 2015, before completing a book that …

ReligionProf Podcast with Meredith Warren

November 5th, 2019


Meredith Warren has drawn our attention to themes of angelic food and the significance of eating in ancient religious literature - and on TV shows like Good Omens. Join us as we chat about these themes from ancient to …

ReligionProf Podcast with Robert Orlando

October 22nd, 2019


Filmmaker Rob Orlando visited the Butler University campus and speaks with me about connections between his most recent film, about the role of …

ReligionProf Podcast with Brandon Hawk

October 8th, 2019


In this episode I speak with Brandon Hawk about his recent book on Christian apocrypha about the infancies of both Mary and Jesus. Find out about them because they interest you in their own right, or out of curiosity to …

Episode 41 with Jessica Reed

June 11th, 2019


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) …

Episode 40 with Emily Swan

June 4th, 2019


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 …

Episode 39 with Katie Day and Deirdre Good

May 21st, 2019


My two guests this week are both seminary professors who recently compiled a collection of sermons and reflections that are all responses to the …

Episode 38 with Brian Wesolowski

May 14th, 2019


Here's part 2 of my conversation with Brian Wesolowski on what it means to think about technology as a possible mediator of grace.

Episode 37 with Brian Wesolowski

May 7th, 2019


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 …

Episode 36 with Batman

April 30th, 2019


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. 

Episode 35 with Jonathan David Lawrence

April 23rd, 2019


My conversation with Jonathan David Lawrence ranges through topics as diverse as ancient immersion rituals, modern interfaith work, and educational games! 

Episode 34 with Anthony Le Donne

April 16th, 2019


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. 

Episode 33 with Robert Geraci

April 9th, 2019


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

April 2nd, 2019


In this episode my colleague Deb Saxon talks about her longtime fascination with extracanonical texts about Jesus, their role in allowing women's …

Episode 31 with A. David Lewis

March 26th, 2019


Today's episode explores how A. David Lewis' unique background as both a scholar of religion and a comic book creator provided the opportunity for …

Episode 30 with Zondervan NRSV Bibles

March 19th, 2019


This episode features a conversation with two members of Zondervan/HarperCollins' team that works on and promotes the New Revised Standard Version, …

Episode 29 with Adam Lee and Andrew Murtagh

March 12th, 2019


Andrew Murtagh and Adam Lee, both Patheos bloggers, made a guest appearance at Butler University a while back. Ever since, we've had in mind to resume the conversation for a wider audience through a podcast. Here it is! …

Episode 28 with Derek Penwell

March 5th, 2019


Listen to this week's episode as Derek Penwell and I talk about how we should be sarcastic, because we follow Jesus' example! That's just one of the …

Episode 27 with Paul Driscoll

February 26th, 2019


Enjoy today's conversation with Paul Driscoll, who has written about Doctor Who in many places, including the volume on The God Complex in the series …

Episode 26 with Jeremiah Bailey

February 19th, 2019


This week's episode features New Testament scholar Jeremiah Bailey and science fiction author Nathaniel Hosford. What's the connection between the …

Episode 25 with Pete Enns

February 12th, 2019


Join me, Pete Enns, and Pete's cat Marmalade for a conversation about his latest book, How the Bible Actually Works.

Episode 24 with Martin Doblmeier

February 5th, 2019


This week's episode features Martin Doblmeier as we talk about his work as a documentary filmmaker and his latest movie, Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story. 

Episode 23 with Helen Bond

January 29th, 2019


Dr. Helen Bond from the University of Edinburgh is my guest on today's episode, which focuses on the characters who make relatively brief appearances in the Gospels but deserve to be considered in their own right - …

Episode 22 with Douglas Cowan

January 22nd, 2019


Douglas Cowan has written some of the most important studies of religion in horror and science fiction. His latest book turns his attention specifically to fantasy and fairy tales. It was a delight to have the chance to …

Episode 21 with Thomas Jay Oord

January 15th, 2019


In this week's episode Tom Oord and I talk about his latest book, God Can't, on the problem of evil, divine power, prayer, healing, and related issues. We talk as well about the subject of an earlier book he edited to …

Episode 20 with Ankur Gupta

January 8th, 2019


The continuation of my conversation with Ankur which began last week.

Episode 19 with Ankur Gupta

January 1st, 2019


Happy New Year! Ankur Gupta and I are at it again, talking about new aspects of our work on the intersection of computer programming and religion, robots and ethics.

Episode 18 with Christopher Benek

December 25th, 2018


As a Christmas present to listeners, here is a supersized episode featuring Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek, a leading figure in the Christian transhumanist movement.

Episode 17 with Brent Hege

December 18th, 2018


In this episode of the ReligionProf Podcast I talk with my colleague Brent Hege, Lutheran theologian, religion professor, and our Center for Faith …

Episode 16 with Karen Keen

December 11th, 2018


Karen Keen's recent book is important because it addresses not only a topic of crucial importance in our time, but highlights the broader question of …

Episode 15 with Douglas Estes

December 4th, 2018


Part two of my conversation with Douglas Estes!

Episode 14 with Douglas Estes

November 27th, 2018


The first part of a two-podcast conversation with Douglas Estes focused on his new book, Braving the Future, exploring how Christians can balance …

Episode 13 with Matt Brake

November 20th, 2018


In this week's episode Matt Brake and I talk about the new book series on theology and popular culture that he is editing. We hope you enjoy geeking …

Episode 12 with Ken Derry

November 13th, 2018


In today's episode of the ReligionProf Podcast, I talk with Ken Derry, one of the editors of The Myth Awakens, the first ever book about religion and Star Wars from a religious studies perspective!

Episode 11 with Kyle Greenwood

November 6th, 2018


In this week's episode I chat with Kyle Greenwood about his most recent book, Since the Beginning, as well as the broader subject of creation stories in Genesis and the history of interpretation thereof.

Episode 10 with Anthony Le Donne

October 30th, 2018


Anthony Le Donne and I continue our conversation about the historical Jesus, touching on topics such as mythicism and historical method in the process.

Episode 9 with Anthony Le Donne

October 23rd, 2018


In this week's episode, Anthony Le Donne and I begin a conversation (that will continue in next week's episode) about the historical Jesus, John the Baptist, and other New Testament subjects of mutual interest.

Episode 8 with Ankur Gupta

October 16th, 2018


Ankur Gupta and I continue our conversation about the intersection of ethics and technology on this week's ReligionProf Podcast.

Episode 7 with Eric Cline

October 9th, 2018


This week's episode features renowned archaeologist Eric Cline. Listen as he and I talk about the intersection of archaeology and apocalyptic, among …

Episode 6 with Becky Archibald

October 2nd, 2018


This week's episode features composer and pianist Becky Archibald, talking about a range of topics including not only her engagement with religion, but also working on films and being a composer in the era of …

Episode 5 with Megan Grady-Rutledge

September 25th, 2018


Episode 5 of the ReligionProf Podcast features academic technology specialist Megan Grady-Rutledge speaking about Digital Humanities (among other …

Episode 4 with Shayna Watson

September 18th, 2018


Shayna Watson is the mastermind (or superhero, if you prefer) behind ΘeoCon, the upcoming theology and popular culture convention. Find out what it's …

Episode 3 with Kimberly Winston

September 11th, 2018


James McGrath talks with Kimberly Winston about her work as a journalist reporting on religion, with a focus most recently on the intersection of religion and science fiction.

Episode 2 with Ankur Gupta

September 4th, 2018


A conversation between James McGrath and Ankur Gupta, both professors at Butler University, one in religion and the other in computer science, about …

Religion Prof Podcast Episode 1

August 29th, 2018


The inaugural episode of the Religion Prof Podcast, the podcast of Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler University, in which he talks about the Bible, science fiction, education, music, and pretty much anything else that …

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