Your host, Anthony Gill, is professor of political science at the University of Washington and distinguished senior fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.  Learn more.
Tune in for our Top Twelve podcasts through 9/16/18.
Featured Episodes
Date: July 15th, 2018

This was the very first podcast episode we aired and the second interview that I conducted.  I learned of Prof. Karrie Koesel (of the University of Oregon at the time, now at Notre Dame) when I was asked to review grant proposals for a Templeton Fund Initiative.  To discover that there was a young scholar […]

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Date: July 8th, 2018

Coming in at #11, we have Pastor Matt Boswell who found himself in the position of having to set up a church, with physical location and tithing baskets, all within one week’s time. Did he do it? Listen and find out.

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Date: July 1st, 2018

When I first started this podcast back in 2010, I was just coming off the publication of my book The Political Origins of Religious Liberty and had a renewed fascination with American colonial history.  Given that our podcast was beginning in June of 2010, I thought having a regular series about religion and US history […]

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Date: June 24th, 2018

After eight years and 372 unique episodes, we hang up the microphone and say goodbye to our guests and listeners. A short, ten-minute monologue by Tony explains why and what is to come.

Please return for the next three months to see Tony’s Top Twelve favorite episodes and short written discussions about why each one ranked the way it did.

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Date: June 17th, 2018

In the Bunhill Fields cemetery across from Wesley Chapel in London, there are three graves of prominent English dissenters — John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, and William Blake. Our guest this week, Prof. Curtis Freeman (Duke Divinity School), encountered these memorials a few years back and he was sent on a scholarly journey that investigated the role of “undomesticated dissent” in British and American history. He shares his findings and why a deeper understanding of these three writers are important for the context of democratic governance.

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Date: June 10th, 2018

One of the unsung heroes of religious liberty in the United States is Isaac Backus. Dr. Brandon O’Brien (Redeemer City to City) explores the life and struggles of this colonial preacher and fighter for religious liberty, showing how Backus was able to thread the needle between government endorsed religion and a secular society.

Stay tuned for a big announcement.

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Date: June 3rd, 2018

What, if anything, might happen if we one day discover that we are not alone in the universe? Alternatively, what might happen to extraterrestrial life if they discover we exist? Prof. John Traphagan explores the ethical considerations behind the active search for extraterrestrial life (Active SETI) and uses his knowledge of cargo cults to frame the discussion and challenge some of the assumptions underlying current efforts to reach out to ET.

Stay tuned for an important announcement!

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Date: May 27th, 2018

Prof. James Hudnut-Beumler returns to our show to discuss his new book “Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table,” an academic and “road trip” look at Christianity in the contemporary South. We look at Southern religion as it was in the past and what trends are reshaping the landscape today, including the rise of megachurches, homeschooling, and acceptance of alternative lifestyles.

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Date: May 20th, 2018

We’re back! Our guest this week is Rev. Doug “Banzai” Douma, author of a biography of Presbyterian philosopher Gordon H Clark. We discuss who Gordon Clark was, his impact on Presbyterianism, and then spend the second half of the interview talking about Doug’s efforts to create a Christian hostel for hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

This is our first podcast in the new AAC audio format. Enjoy.

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Date: May 13th, 2018

Prof. David Smith of the University of Sydney returns to discuss the role religion plays in international relations and foreign policy. We chat about why international relations scholars have de-emphasized the role religion plays in cross-national interactions and how this might be changing. David also reviews how scholars now think that religion plays a role in diplomacy and foreign policy.

We are still sorting things out with the podcast. Please be patient.

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