Here’s the notes for episode #12 of The Meaning of Everything show.

Stefani chats with fellow Oxford scholar Tyler Tully who grew up experiencing and witnessing severe trauma in an Evangelical community. These days Tully specializes in researching these kinds of suffering, so they get to the bottom of how and why trauma happens in religion. They also discuss how religion isn’t made to feel good, the importance of empathy, and Brad Pitt’s ideas about religion.

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Tyler M. Tully is an American writer, religionist, and theologue whose work has been featured in sources such as The Bulletin for the Study of Religion, the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, and Al Jazeera media. A distinguished graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University with a BA in Religious Studies and Theology, Tyler later earned a Master of Divinity degree with Distinction at The Chicago Theological Seminary in Hyde Park where his constructive theology thesis explored critical theories of trauma, embodied cognition, and animal sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible.

Tully is the Arthur Peacocke Scholar in Theology and Science at Exeter College, Oxford, completing his doctoral research under the supervision of Donovan O. Schaefer (U. Penn.) and Prof. Graham Ward (Oxon). His research interests lay at the intersection of science and religion, embodiment and trauma studies, and critical theories of race, place, and ecology.

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