Interview w/Steven Green: Inventing a Christian America

  When did Americans start making the claim that the United States was founded as a Christian nation? Why has this myth been so appealing? Dave Krueger talks with Steven K. Green about his new book Inventing a Christian America: the Myth of the Religious Founding, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Steven is … Continue reading Interview w/Steven Green: Inventing a Christian America

Interview w/Ranen Omer-Sherman: Imagining the Kibbutz

  Dave Krueger talks with Ranen Omer-Sherman about his new book Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature and Film. Omer-Sherman is the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Louisville.   This interview was originally released as Episode #44 of MRB Radio’s First Impressions program on August … Continue reading Interview w/Ranen Omer-Sherman: Imagining the Kibbutz

Interview w/Joseph Laycock: Dangerous Games

  Dave Krueger talks with Joseph Laycock about his book Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. Laycock is an assistant professor of religion at Texas State University.   This interview was originally released as Episode #39 of MRB Radio’s First Impressions program on June 23, … Continue reading Interview w/Joseph Laycock: Dangerous Games

Interview w/Author Kelly Brown Douglas: Stand Your Ground

How can we think theologically about the death of Trayvon Martin? What are the cultural and historical roots of "stand-your-ground" laws? How deeply embedded is white supremacy in the DNA of American culture? Dave Krueger talks with Kelly Brown Douglas about her book Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Douglas is … Continue reading Interview w/Author Kelly Brown Douglas: Stand Your Ground

Interview w/Authors Zeller & Dallam: Religion, Food, and Eating in North America

Dave Krueger talks with Benjamin Zeller and Marie Dallam about their new book Religion, Food, and Eating in North America. Dallam is an assistant professor of religious studies at the Honors College of the University of Oklahoma and Zeller is an assistant professor of Lake Forest College in Illinois. This interview was originally released as … Continue reading Interview w/Authors Zeller & Dallam: Religion, Food, and Eating in North America

Interview w/author Mark T. Mulder: Shades of White Flight

Why did some white, Protestant churches abandon Chicago neighborhoods during the post-WWII era while others stayed behind? Does theology and/or church polity make a difference? Dave Krueger talks with Mark T. Mulder about his book Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure. Mulder is an associate professor of sociology at Calvin College in … Continue reading Interview w/author Mark T. Mulder: Shades of White Flight

Indie Scholar Podcast w/Dave Krueger

We all know that successful completion of graduate school does not guarantee a job with a living wage. Today, more than 50% of faculty appointments are part time and over 70% are NON-tenured positions. It is increasingly difficult for many to make a living as a higher ed instructor. These scholars and educators are faced with difficult choices. Some leave … Continue reading Indie Scholar Podcast w/Dave Krueger

Historicizing the Christian Nation Myth

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz frequently states in his campaign speeches that he wants to see America return to "the Judeo-Christian values that built this great nation." The inclusion of "Judeo" in Judeo-Christian has its own history, but the vast majority of Americans over the years have believed that they live in a "Christian nation." As Messiah College historian … Continue reading Historicizing the Christian Nation Myth