Candomblé Reconsidered: A Sacred Matters Interview

Dianne Stewart In the twenty-first century, increasing populations are becoming aware of the presence of African-heritage religions in the diaspora but we have still much to learn from and about these religions.

Orientations, Comparison, History

This is a three-part conversation. Kathryn Lofton and Tomoko Masuzawa, two of the leading lights in the study of religion, cover a variety of topics, including secularism, critical theory, history, comparison and more within the field. It is an engaging and wide-ranging conversation, for your enjoyment and illumination.

Religion in the Post-Colonial Humanities: An Interview with Kathryn Lofton

What are the current conditions and imminent possibilities for the Study of Religion? In this interview with Marko Geslani of Emory University, Kathryn Lofton, scholar of American Religion and incoming chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University, discusses the state of the field in light of the crisis of the humanities, the institutional location of religion departments, graduate training, and undergraduate teaching. 

An Interview with Frans de Waal Part 3: Science & Religion

This is part 3 of our series of interviews with Frans de Waal. Check out part 1 and part 2 of our interview series. Frans de Waal is an eminent primatologist renowned not only for his many publications in scientific journals, but also for several widely read books, including Chimpanzee Politics and, more recently, The Bonobo and the Atheist. In the latter work, Professor de Waal explores how non-human primates, even in the absence of anything we might call “religion,” have a profound capacity for empathy and social cohesion in a way that may serve as a basis for morality in the case of humans. Speaking […]

An Interview with Frans de Waal Part 2: Freud, Biology of Morality, and a Secular Ethics

This is part 2 of our series of interviews with Frans de Waal. Check out part 1 of our interview here. Frans de Waal is an eminent primatologist renowned not only for his many publications in scientific journals, but also for several widely read books, including Chimpanzee Politics and, more recently, The Bonobo and the Atheist. In the latter work, Professor de Waal explores how non-human primates, even in the absence of anything we might call “religion,” have a profound capacity for empathy and social cohesion in a way that may serve as a basis for morality in the case of humans. Speaking with […]

An Interview with Frans de Waal Part 1: Culture and Religion in Primates

  Frans de Waal is an eminent primatologist renowned not only for his many publications in scientific journals, but also for several widely read books, including Chimpanzee Politics and, more recently, The Bonobo and the Atheist. In the latter work, Professor de Waal explores how non-human primates, even in the absence of anything we might call “religion,” have a profound capacity for empathy and social cohesion in a way that may serve as a basis for morality in the case of humans. Speaking with John Dunne of Emory University, Professor de Waal reflects on these and other issues, such as the notion of “culture” […]

An Interview with Randall Balmer, Part Four: The Legacy of Jimmy Carter

Catch up on part one, part two, and part three of our interview with Professor Balmer. A conversation between Paul Courtright of Emory University and Randall Balmer of Dartmouth College on his new book, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter. Balmer talks about how Carter’s religious formation in the American evangelical tradition informed his early character and later political ambitions that took him to the White House and a continuing career in public service. Balmer attributes much of Carter’s moral vision, focus on human rights as a political agenda, and commitment to mediating conflict to Carter’s religious self-understanding. Randall Balmer is a major interpreter of the evangelical thread in […]

An Interview with Randall Balmer, Part Three: Professor Balmer’s Book, Redeemer

Catch up on part one and part two of our interview with Professor Balmer. A conversation between Paul Courtright of Emory University and Randall Balmer of Dartmouth College on his new book, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter. Balmer talks about how Carter’s religious formation in the American evangelical tradition informed his early character and later political ambitions that took him to the White House and a continuing career in public service. Balmer attributes much of Carter’s moral vision, focus on human rights as a political agenda, and commitment to mediating conflict to Carter’s religious self-understanding. Randall Balmer is a major interpreter of the evangelical […]

An Interview with Randall Balmer, Part Two: The Rise of the Religious Right and Jimmy Carter in the 1970s

This is part two of our conversation with Randall Balmer. Watch part one here. A conversation between Paul Courtright of Emory University and Randall Balmer of Dartmouth College on his new book, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter. Balmer talks about how Carter’s religious formation in the American evangelical tradition informed his early character and later political ambitions that took him to the White House and a continuing career in public service. Balmer attributes much of Carter’s moral vision, focus on human rights as a political agenda, and commitment to mediating conflict to Carter’s religious self-understanding. Randall Balmer is a major interpreter of the evangelical thread […]

An Interview with Randall Balmer, Part One: Evangelicalism and Jimmy Carter

A conversation between Paul Courtright of Emory University and Randall Balmer of Dartmouth College on his new book, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter. Balmer talks about how Carter’s religious formation in the American evangelical tradition informed his early character and later political ambitions that took him to the White House and a continuing career in public service. Balmer attributes much of Carter’s moral vision, focus on human rights as a political agenda, and commitment to mediating conflict to Carter’s religious self-understanding. Randall Balmer is a major interpreter of the evangelical thread in the tapestry of American religious history and […]