The secular benefits of religious practices

March 02, 2022 Mark Fabian/Kitty O'Lone Season 3 Episode 3
The secular benefits of religious practices
Show Notes

How does science, the quintessential secular enterprise, study religion? What can we learn about religion by applying the tools of scientific method, and what can religion teach secularists about how to build thriving societies? In this episode, social psychologist Dr Kitty O'Lone from Cambridge University's Woolf Institute joins ePODstemology host Dr Mark Fabian to discuss these and other questions pertaining to the secular benefits of religious practices. Dr O'Lone discusses her previous work on interfaith dialogue, her new work on religious forgiveness and its role in healing post-conflict societies, and her ambition of studying the similarities and differences between religious and secular fasting practices. The episode also ranges over mindfulness and the two-way learning that has taken place between academics and traditional communities of practice, the vacuum left by the disappearance of priest's from everyday life, whether science really offers 'explanations' for seemingly supernatural phenomena like sleep paralysis,  and want the frontiers are in the social psychology of religion. Please tune in.



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