Category Archives: Christianity

Over the Empathy Wall – A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. For five years she traveled in the bayous of southern Louisiana, interacting with Tea Party conservatives and trying to understand their thinking about life, hope, faith, … Continue reading

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Swords Into Plowshares – A Conversation with Kristen Tobey

Kristen Tobey is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University. Her book, Plowshares: Protest, Performance, and Religious Identity in the Nuclear Age, examines the methods of Plowshares activists, a small group of Catholic radicals known … Continue reading

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Great Redemption – A Conversation with Alison Collis Greene

Alison Collis Greene is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Mississippi State University. Her book, No Depression in Heaven: the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta, was published in December by … Continue reading

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Rescuing Jesus – A Conversation with Deborah Jian Lee

Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist and radio producer. She has written for Foreign Policy, Forbes, and Slate, among others, and has taught journalism at Columbia University. Her book, Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, & Queer Christians … Continue reading

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Rally ‘Round the Family – A Conversation with Seth Dowland

Seth Dowland is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University. His book, Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right, charts the influence of Christian “family values” advocacy across three decades and a variety of … Continue reading

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In and Of the World

From the Journal of Communication and Religion, a critique of pop evangelicalism in four book reviews.

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Divided on the Right – A Conversation with Neil J. Young

Neil J. Young is a historian and co-host of the Past Present Podcast. His book, We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics was published last month by Oxford University Press. In it, Young argues that, despite … Continue reading

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Religious Left – A Conversation with Brantley W. Gasaway

Brantley W. Gasaway is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Bucknell University. His book, Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice, was published last fall by University of North Carolina Press. In it, Gasaway situates Progressive Evangelicalism primarily within … Continue reading

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Organized Religion – A Conversation with Heath W. Carter

Heath W. Carter is Assistant Professor of History at Valparaiso University. His book, Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago, was published this month by Oxford University Press. In it, Carter credits the working people … Continue reading

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Superchurch – A Conversation with Jonathan J. Edwards

Jonathan J. Edwards is Instructor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina. His book,  Superchurch: The Rhetoric and Politics of American Fundamentalism, was published in April by Michigan State University Press. In it, … Continue reading

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The Fate of Freedom – A Conversation with Steven D. Smith

Steven D. Smith is the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. His most recent book, The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom, advocates a return to what he calls “the American settlement”— an arrangement … Continue reading

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Creating Conservatism – A Conversation with Michael J. Lee

Michael J. Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston. His book, Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement, was published this summer by Michigan State University Press. In it, he traces … Continue reading

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Beyond Right and Left – A Conversation with Karin Fry

Karin Fry is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Her new book, Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left Rhetoric: The Road to Compromise, explores the positions commonly advocated by culture war adversaries, searching for opportunities for … Continue reading

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On Religious Freedom and Same-Sex Marriage

From the Journal of Communication and Religion.

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Chaos and Concern – A Conversation with Leslie D. Smith

Leslie Dorrough Smith is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Her book, Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America, provides the first full-length analysis of CWA rhetoric. Smith situates CWA … Continue reading

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