Religion Bites

a podcast with Malory Nye

 

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Religion Bites is a podcast series, made up of short talks and discussions related to the study of religion and culture.

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Religion Bites Episodes

 

RB020 Race and Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB020 Race and Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

When we speak of religion are we in fact talking about race? Does the idea of ‘religion’ only make sense if we consider it as a particular instance of a racial formation?       LISTEN NOW My theoretical starting point here is this question: When...

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RB018 Religion is like chocolate? (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB018 Religion is like chocolate? (Religion Bites Podcast)

  The history of the idea of chocolate is somewhat similar to the history of how we think about religions. Chocolate became chocolate through colonial encounter and appropriation. Without colonialism, we would not talk about chocolate - the same with religion....

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RB014 AGENCY and Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB014 AGENCY and Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

  Agency is a concept often used to understand how people participate in (and sometimes resist) religious contexts and structures. That is, how do people who are in a subordinate position and who are marginalised from the main areas of power, how do they live...

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RB013 INTERSECTIONALITY and Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB013 INTERSECTIONALITY and Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

This episode introduces the concept of intersectionality, a way to understand complex issues and identities deriving in particular from the work of Kimberlee Crenshaw. An intersectional approach recognises that the ‘single’ categories that we rely on for much of our...

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RB010 Religion, Power and Ideology (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB010 Religion, Power and Ideology (Religion Bites Podcast)

An understanding of power, in its many forms, is an important part of the study of religion and culture. In this podcast on 'Religion, Power and Ideology' I give an outline of Michel Foucault's understanding of the concept of power. In particular, 'power is everywhere...

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RB009 Power, Gender and Race (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB009 Power, Gender and Race (Religion Bites Podcast)

Religion does not just exist within the context of culture. What we think of as religion always also exists within contexts of power, gender, race, ethnicity, and other areas of identity and difference. Or to put this another way: power, gender, and race are basic...

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RB008 Religion and culture (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB008 Religion and culture (Religion Bites Podcast)

Building on the discussion in the last two episodes, I introduce here the idea of subculture to explore through examples the linkages between such cultures of resistance, the cultural products that come from them, and religious ideas and practices. LISTEN NOW...

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RB005 Culture and religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB005 Culture and religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

Religion is a cultural practice. And culture is bound up with religious ideas, identities and religion practice. Religion can be understood as a form of culture, and the study of religion is a form of cultural studies. And what we gain from this is the shift of our...

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RB004 Relevance of religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB004 Relevance of religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

In order to understand the contemporary world we need to take religion seriously. Although some may think of religion as an ancient (or medieval) relic of bygone times, religions are very often important elements of the contemporary world. We need to recognise that...

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RB003 Talking about religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB003 Talking about religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

If it is difficult to define religion, what about if we try to avoid doing so? Can we talk about religion without a definition? Trying to find a definition is almost like stepping through a quagmire, it is messy and difficult, and unhelpful in many ways. The aim of...

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RB002 Defining Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

RB002 Defining Religion (Religion Bites Podcast)

    Defining religion: What is it all about and what do we mean by the term religion? Well one thing to ask before we start exploring this is does it really matter. Surely we know what religion is, it is just there…? Whether we like it or not it is...

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RB001 Introduction to the Religion Bites Podcast

RB001 Introduction to the Religion Bites Podcast

    This is the introductory episode for the Religion Bites podcast series. I am Malory Nye and you can see details about who I am here.   LISTEN NOW     What is Religion Bites? This is the introductory episode for the Religion...

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About Malory Nye

Malory Nye is an academic and writer based in Perth, Scotland.

I have been teaching religious studies for many years, and I have written several books about religion – including the book Religion the Basics.

For more information about me, click here.

Why Religion Bites?

Religion continues to be important to many people in the world. It is not likely to ‘go away’.

I do not believe that religion is dead, and neither do I write from the view that religion is the answer to all the problems of the world. I do not follow a particular religion, and have no particular ‘axe to grind’ about faith and religion.

So if we want to understand today’s world, we need to ‘get’ why people are religious – why they ‘do religion’ in the many ways that religion is done.

We also need to understand how religion has a social and cultural impact on the world in which we live (and vice versa).

We can continue to complain about religion and religious people.

We can say it shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Or we can just try to understand what is going on, and ask questions to inform ourselves about the world we live in.

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