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The Annual Marginalia Radio Book Guide for #SBLAAR16

The Annual Marginalia Radio Book Guide for #SBLAAR16

David M. Krueger November 16, 2016 0

First Impressions is a Marginalia Review of Books podcast featuring authors of some of the most important new books in religion, history, culture, and theology. Through the hard work our co-hosts Arthur Remillard, David M. Krueger, Kristian

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First Impressions # 94: Claire Chambers on Britain Through Muslim Literary Representations

First Impressions # 94: Claire Chambers on Britain Through Muslim Literary Representations

Kristian Petersen October 18, 2016 0

What does Britain look like from the perspective of Muslims across the eighteenth century until today? Kristian Petersen talks with Claire Chambers, Lecturer in Global Literature at the University of York, about her new

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First Impressions #91: Josef Sorett on A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

First Impressions #91: Josef Sorett on A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Kristian Petersen September 20, 2016 0

Most of the major African American literary and cultural movements of the twentieth century have been understood and interpreted as secular. In reality, religion was an animating force in black literary visions from the New Negro Renaissance

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First Impressions #74:  John Shelby Spong On Biblical Literalism as a “Gentile Heresy”

First Impressions #74: John Shelby Spong On Biblical Literalism as a “Gentile Heresy”

Arthur Remillard March 1, 2016 0

A close reading of Matthew’s gospel reveals that a literal understanding of Jesus’s story obscures its deep Jewish roots. John Shelby Spong joins Art Remillard to discuss his new book, Biblical Literalism: A Gentile

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First Impressions #66: James Benn on the Religious and Cultural History of Tea in China

First Impressions #66: James Benn on the Religious and Cultural History of Tea in China

Kristian Petersen January 5, 2016 0

Tea has impacted Chinese society far beyond economics and agriculture. Kristian Petersen talks with James Benn, Professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University, about his new book Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural

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First Impressions #64: Diana Butler Bass and the Emerging Spiritual Revolution

First Impressions #64: Diana Butler Bass and the Emerging Spiritual Revolution

Arthur Remillard December 22, 2015 0

Even though church attendance is on the decline, signs of a new spiritual consciousness are springing up from the ground beneath us. Art Remillard talks with Diana Butler Bass about her new book, Grounded: Finding

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First Impressions #63: Robert Shedinger on Jesus and Jihad

First Impressions #63: Robert Shedinger on Jesus and Jihad

David M. Krueger December 15, 2015 0

“Holy war” is only one meaning of the term jihad. In mainstream Islam, jihad is understood in terms of what Christians might understand to be the Kingdom of God. Dave Krueger speaks with Robert

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First Impressions #62: Gareth Fisher on Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China

First Impressions #62: Gareth Fisher on Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China

Kristian Petersen December 8, 2015 0

Lay Buddhism is a pathway to meaning in post-Maoist China. Kristian Petersen talks with Gareth Fisher, Associate Professor of Religion at Syracuse University, about his new book From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay

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Impolite Conversation #6: Climate Change as a Religious Issue

Impolite Conversation #6: Climate Change as a Religious Issue

Impolite Conversation December 1, 2015 0

In this month’s episode, we talk to the Rev. Kim Morrow, whose ministry is focused on issues of climate change and sustainability, about how faith informs her activism and what she’s watching for in

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First Impressions #61: Neil J. Young

First Impressions #61: Neil J. Young

Arthur Remillard December 1, 2015 0

American politics makes strange bedfellows — the unlikely coalition of Mormons, Catholics, and Evangelicals. Art Remillard talks with Neil J. Young about his new book, We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem

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