Theology &

Emily Hill, Jeff Liou

"Does academic research make a difference in the real world? Can faith and theology inform our research in other academic disciplines? Join co-hosts Jeff Liou and Emily Hill for conversations that bring research to life, explore why we love what we study, and how it hits the ground in tangible ways. Each episode features discussions with theologians and academics from different disciplines discussing their life, faith, research, and how we can engage them around important issues in our culture today."

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   Does politics have to do with voting and divisive debates? Or is it something else? Is it possible to talk about religion and politics in a way that deepens our life together rather than creating more division and bringing conversation to a stop?  In this episode Jeff and Emily talk to Dr. Vincent Lloyd and Dr. Ned O’Gorman to discuss a better vision for politics and how theology can inform our life together. We talk about Hannah Arendt’s political vision, Martin Luther King Jr.’s theology, mass incarceration, justice, critiques of liberalism, and what it means to recognize we are all immersed in webs of relationships.  Vincent Lloyd is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Political Theology and the author of many books including his most recent book, co-authored with Josh Dubler: Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons.   Ned O’Gorman is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois and the author of several books including his most recent Politics for Everybody: Reading Hanna Arendt in Uncertain Times 

Dec 3

43 min 32 sec

In this episode Jeff and Emily are joined by Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson and Dr. John Inazu to discuss public discourse and what we can learn about how to get along in a pluralistic society in such a divided time. How can we understand our unique point in history and how do we faithfully follow Christ and live that out in the world in our time and place? We talk about questions of political philosophy, formation, and practices for how we interact together. Kristen Deede Johnson is the Professor of Theology and Christian Formation at Western Theological Seminary. She is the author of Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism and Justice Calling. John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis, and the executive director of The Carver Project. Inazu is the author of Liberty’s Refuge and Confident Pluralism.  Inazu is also the co-editor (with Tim Keller) of Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference in which Johnson has an essay. 

Nov 19

41 min 14 sec

What exactly is the Theology & podcast? Join Jeff and Emily as they talk about what’s ahead for the podcast and get to know them as they interview each other about their own research in the area of theology, racial justice, and economics. They talk about why they love what they study, why think they it’s important, and what they hope future conversations on the podcast will be like. Jeff Ming Liou is the National Director of Theological Formation for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where he received his Ph.D. in Theology and Culture.  Liou has written papers and contributed book chapters on race and justice, Asian American Christianity, theological ethics, and political theology. Ordained in the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Liou has served as a campus minister, pastor, and university chaplain.Emily Beth Hill has a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from the University of Aberdeen and is the author of Marketing & Christian Proclamation in Theological Perspective. Her research interests include economics, church marketing, and how cultural systems affect our life and worship. She currently serves as the Program Manager for Theological Formation at InterVarsity and with graduate students at the University of Cincinnati.  

Nov 18

26 min 24 sec

Check out the Theology & Podcast!  A new podcast where we host conversations at the intersection of theology, the academy, and important issues in our culture. Let's engage in conversations that bring our research to life and how it plays out in our everyday life. We'll engage with how academics engage with their faith and scholarship and talk to theologians about those same disciplines. These are conversations with academics but they are NOT academic conversations!Hosted by Dr. Emily Hill and Rev. Dr. Jeff Liou

Nov 8

1 min 39 sec