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Today’s culture war is nothing new. The battles over marriage and sexuality may cover new terrain, but the culture war has been fought throughout much of American history.

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In this Research on Religion podcast, Tony Gill interviews Baylor University’s Barry Hankins whose book Jesus & Gin details the culture war battles of the 1920s when temperance and prohibition were the hot-button issues. Hankins paints a picture of the 1920s culture war that mirrors those of today, including media savvy preachers who too often were felled by scandal, attempts to protect tradition in the face of major demographic changes, divisions within Protestant denominations, and the consequences (good and ill) of marrying politics with religion.

Corner of Church & State blog is partnering with Research on Religion by bringing you one of its podcasts. Research on Religion is a weekly conversation designed to facilitate a jargon-free discussion of major topics within the social scientific study of religion. They are a unique way to not only learn about religion but also about those who study religion. Each podcast is hosted by Tony Gill, a professor of political science at the University of Washington and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (the podcast is supported by Baylor’s ISR).  This week’s podcast features Baylor University economist Charles North on his work exploring the nexus between faith and economic development. 

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Tobin Grant

Tobin Grant

@TobinGrant blogs for Religion News Service at Corner of Church and State, a data-driven conversation on religion and politics. He is a political science professor at Southern Illinois University and associate editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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