#48—(Almost) all about African American religious history, with Julius H. Bailey [MIPodcast]

What do you know about African American religious history? Julius H. Bailey joins us in this episode to talk about his new overview, Down in the Valley: An Introduction to African American History. Bailey’s book operates on a few different levels. The ground floor contains a general story beginning with African traditional religions. It moves through slavery and […]

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#47—The spiritual lives of America’s “Nones,” with Elizabeth Drescher [MIPodcast]

If you surveyed Americans, asking them to identify themselves as:

A) Catholic
B) Muslim
C) Evangelical
D) Mormon

…and so on, an increasing number will select the very last option—none of the above. […]

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#46—Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things [MIPodcast]

The New York Times Review of Books says Marilynne Robinson “is not like any other writer. She has created a small, rich, and fearless body of work in which religion exists unashamedly, as does doubt, unashamedly.” Robinson is perhaps best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gilead (2004). This year she received the Library of […]

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#45— How (Not) to Be Secular, with James K. A. Smith [MIPodcast]

Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2016 many people find it more difficult to believe than not? This is the question that Charles Taylor tackles in his massive book A Secular Age. In this episode, James K. A. Smith joins us to talk […]

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