Currents in Religion: A new podcast

Howdy all, Zen here. It’s been quiet around here, in part, because I transitioned into a Ph.D. program down at Baylor University (sic’ em, Bears!).

Part of my work over the last several months has included helping the Religion Department and Baylor University Press start up a new podcast. It will feature folks from the department, authors from the press, and, depending on the show, other guests that might help us have a good conversation. And I get the privilege of serving as the host. It’s good fun.

Anyhow, I thought I’d share the podcast with you all in case you’d be interested in listening. You can check it out using the player below or search “Currents in Religion” on Apple, Spotify, or Amazon Music. And follow us on Twitter at @cirbaylor!

Until next time,

Human Dignity: A Lecture by Brett Scharffs Currents in Religion

So, today’s episode is a little different from our usual format. Instead of an interview, today you’re going to hear a lecture recently hosted by Baylor’s Religion Department in collaboration with the J.M. Dawson Institute for Church State Studies. The lecture was delivered by Dr Brett Scharffs. Dr. Scharffs is the Rex E. Lee Chair and Professor of Law and the director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University. Dr. Scharffs is a highly regarded scholar, having served as chair for various sections of the Association of American Law Schools, holding editorial positions at esteemed journals, and writing field-making books. In the lecture you’ll hear, Dr. Scharffs discusses human dignity, a topic perennially important, but of special interest this year because we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was proclaimed on December 10, 1948. The first article of the declaration states, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” You can watch the video of the lecture here.
  1. Human Dignity: A Lecture by Brett Scharffs
  2. Natural Law and Interreligious Dialogue: A Conversation with Seyed Amir Hossein Asghari
  3. Lyric Theology: Thomas Gardner on Marilynne Robinson, lyric thinking, and the doctrine of creation
  4. A Year of War in Ukraine: A Conversation with Paul Martens
  5. Africana Biblical Criticism and the Book of Esther: Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar on her book Trafficking Hadassah
  6. Black Lives Matter to Jesus: Marcus Jerkins on Salvation and Race in Luke-Acts
  7. Adaptive Church: Dustin Benac on Collaborative Christian Communities
  8. Getting a Religion PhD at Baylor University: A Conversation with Katherine Ellis
  9. Rotten Epiphany: Mikeal Parsons and Cody Sanders talk Corpse Care
  10. Should We Abandon Inclusion? Erin Raffety on Disability and the Church

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