ReligionProf Podcast

ReligionProf Podcast
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 attention span.

ReligionProf Podcast with Matthew Korpman
Feb 4 • 67 min
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 post-biblical Jewish and Christian…
ReligionProf Podcast with Roger Sneed
Jan 21 • 53 min
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 podcast, others of which you’ll have to wait until his next book (or the one after that, or the one after…
ReligionProf Podcast with Sara Parks
Jan 7 • 36 min
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 useful things in our conversation,…
ReligionProf Podcast with Juli Gittinger
Dec 3, 2019 • 34 min
Science fiction provides unique opportunities to explore one of the most pressing philosophical, religious, and ethical questions there is: what is a person? Join Dr. Juli Gittinger and I as we talk about her wonderful new book that provides both a…
ReligionProf Podcast with Ruth Hayhoe
Nov 19, 2019 • 37 min
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 she was working on about gender bias…
ReligionProf Podcast with Meredith Warren
Nov 5, 2019 • 39 min
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 modern times!
ReligionProf Podcast with Robert Orlando
Oct 22, 2019 • 28 min
Filmmaker Rob Orlando visited the Butler University campus and speaks with me about connections between his most recent film, about the role of Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II in ending the Cold War, and his earlier film about Paul the Apostle.
ReligionProf Podcast with Brandon Hawk
Oct 8, 2019 • 34 min
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 find out how we connected them to…
41 with Jessica Reed
Jun 11, 2019 • 46 min
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) and as we reflect on interdisciplinarity, spirituality, and other things that meet at the intersection of…
40 with Emily Swan
Jun 4, 2019 • 57 min
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 Solus Jesus (co-authored with Ken…
39 with Katie Day and Deirdre Good
May 21, 2019 • 46 min
My two guests this week are both seminary professors who recently compiled a collection of sermons and reflections that are all responses to the traumas that seminary faculty and students have been subjected to in instances of authoritarian…
38 with Brian Wesolowski
May 14, 2019 • 23 min
Here’s part 2 of my conversation with Brian Wesolowski on what it means to think about technology as a possible mediator of grace.
37 with Brian Wesolowski
May 7, 2019 • 37 min
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 together with clips from others. Here, I’m sharing the entirety of our conversation. Both will be different,…
36 with Batman
Apr 30, 2019 • 53 min
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.
35 with Jonathan David Lawrence
Apr 23, 2019 • 53 min
My conversation with Jonathan David Lawrence ranges through topics as diverse as ancient immersion rituals, modern interfaith work, and educational games!
34 with Anthony Le Donne
Apr 16, 2019 • 49 min
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.
33 with Robert Geraci
Apr 9, 2019 • 39 min
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.
32 with Deb Saxon
Apr 2, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode my colleague Deb Saxon talks about her longtime fascination with extracanonical texts about Jesus, their role in allowing women’s voices from ancient Christianity to be heard, and contemporary efforts to reach a wider audience for these…
31 with A. David Lewis
Mar 26, 2019 • 37 min
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 him to revive a Muslim comic book hero who fought Nazis in France in the 1940s, and bring him to Boston in…
30 with Zondervan NRSV Bibles
Mar 19, 2019 • 36 min
This episode features a conversation with two members of Zondervan/HarperCollins’ team that works on and promotes the New Revised Standard Version, Melissa Bouma and Bob Gaudet. Find out what happens behind the scenes of the Bibles you know and love!
29 with Adam Lee and Andrew Murtagh
Mar 12, 2019 • 36 min
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! Find out what precisely brought a…
28 with Derek Penwell
Mar 5, 2019 • 36 min
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 things we explore in talking about Derek’s new book Outlandish.
27 with Paul Driscoll
Feb 26, 2019 • 36 min
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 The Black Archive.
26 with Jeremiah Bailey
Feb 19, 2019 • 44 min
This week’s episode features New Testament scholar Jeremiah Bailey and science fiction author Nathaniel Hosford. What’s the connection between the two? You’ll just have to listen and find out!
25 with Pete Enns
Feb 12, 2019 • 36 min
Join me, Pete Enns, and Pete’s cat Marmalade for a conversation about his latest book, How the Bible Actually Works.
24 with Martin Doblmeier
Feb 5, 2019 • 36 min
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.
23 with Helen Bond
Jan 29, 2019 • 44 min
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 - Caiaphas, Pilate, John the Baptist,…
22 with Douglas Cowan
Jan 22, 2019 • 50 min
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 chat with him about his new book,…
21 with Thomas Jay Oord
Jan 15, 2019 • 42 min
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 which I contributed, namely the…
20 with Ankur Gupta
Jan 8, 2019 • 34 min
The continuation of my conversation with Ankur which began last week.
19 with Ankur Gupta
Jan 1, 2019 • 28 min
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.
18 with Christopher Benek
Dec 25, 2018 • 61 min
As a Christmas present to listeners, here is a supersized episode featuring Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek, a leading figure in the Christian transhumanist movement.
17 with Brent Hege
Dec 18, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode of the ReligionProf Podcast I talk with my colleague Brent Hege, Lutheran theologian, religion professor, and our Center for Faith and Vocation scholar in residence at Butler University, about a number of topics, including being a person…
16 with Karen Keen
Dec 11, 2018 • 38 min
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 how the Bible should be interpreted, and the example that Jesus and the authors of the Bible themselves…
15 with Douglas Estes
Dec 4, 2018 • 49 min
Part two of my conversation with Douglas Estes!
14 with Douglas Estes
Nov 27, 2018 • 37 min
The first part of a two-podcast conversation with Douglas Estes focused on his new book, Braving the Future, exploring how Christians can balance being positive about technology without being uncritical when it comes to its use.
13 with Matt Brake
Nov 20, 2018 • 43 min
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 out along with us!
12 with Ken Derry
Nov 13, 2018 • 39 min
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!
11 with Kyle Greenwood
Nov 6, 2018 • 36 min
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.
10 with Anthony Le Donne
Oct 30, 2018 • 37 min
Anthony Le Donne and I continue our conversation about the historical Jesus, touching on topics such as mythicism and historical method in the process.
9 with Anthony Le Donne
Oct 23, 2018 • 30 min
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.
8 with Ankur Gupta
Oct 16, 2018 • 32 min
Ankur Gupta and I continue our conversation about the intersection of ethics and technology on this week’s ReligionProf Podcast.
7 with Eric Cline
Oct 9, 2018 • 30 min
This week’s episode features renowned archaeologist Eric Cline. Listen as he and I talk about the intersection of archaeology and apocalyptic, among many other things.
6 with Becky Archibald
Oct 2, 2018 • 44 min
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 digitally-distributed sounds and scores.
5 with Megan Grady-Rutledge
Sep 25, 2018 • 34 min
Episode 5 of the ReligionProf Podcast features academic technology specialist Megan Grady-Rutledge speaking about Digital Humanities (among other topics of interest).
4 with Shayna Watson
Sep 18, 2018 • 33 min
Shayna Watson is the mastermind (or superhero, if you prefer) behind ΘeoCon, the upcoming theology and popular culture convention. Find out what it’s about, how it got started, and why you should attend if you can!
3 with Kimberly Winston
Sep 11, 2018 • 38 min
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.
2 with Ankur Gupta
Sep 4, 2018 • 39 min
A conversation between James McGrath and Ankur Gupta, both professors at Butler University, one in religion and the other in computer science, about their collaborative project about Artificial Wisdom, i.e. the intersection of computing and ethics.
Religion Prof Podcast Episode 1
Aug 28, 2018 • 29 min
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 happens to grab his surprisingly short…