This week we sat down with Professor Karl Shuve of the Department of Religious Studies. Professor Shuve is a historian of the religions of the ancient and late antique Mediterranean world. He focuses particularly on the development of Christian culture and thought. In the fall semesters he typically teaches a class on The Rise of Christianity, and in the spring semesters he leads a seminar on Sex, Gender, and Religion.
Some of the questions covered in this episode include:
- What are some of the challenges that come with being a historian of the ancient world?
- How can we construct theories of gender and sexuality for cultures that existed a long time before us and may have had entirely different understandings or conceptions of gender and sexuality?
- What are some of the implications of doing a scholarly historical study on sacred texts?
And many more!
Thank you again Professor Shuve!