Episode 23: Exorcism and religious studies with Joseph Laycock

December 6, 2021

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Joseph Laycock

Joseph Laycock, an associate professor of religious studies in the Department of Philosophy at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast to discuss religious freedom, new religious movements, and the fascinating, pan-cultural phenomenon of exorcism.    

Laycock teaches courses on world religions, religion in America, and the intersection of religion and popular culture. He is the author of several books including The Penguin Book of ExorcismsSpeak of the Devil: How The Satanic Temple is Changing the Way We Talk About ReligionDangerous Games: What the Moral Panic Over Role-Playing Games Says About Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds and The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken and the Struggle to Define Catholicism.

Laycock has been interviewed for several documentaries as well as Geraldo at Large, The Colbert Report, Coast to Coast AM, Mysteries Decoded, NPR, The Texas Standard, The Jenny McCarthy Show and Armchair Experts with Dax Shepard.

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