Professor Jason C. Bivins, Ph.D.

Professor Jason C. Bivins
  • North Carolina State University
  • Indiana University
If you can raise questions, think through competing considerations, assess the range of principles and practices at stake in what goes into making religious violence, you’re already in a different conceptual world. And if that world is one in which it’s harder to discriminate or mistreat others, then I think you’ll be on the right path.

Jason C. Bivins is a Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. He received his B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Indiana University. Professor Bivins has taught at North Carolina State University since 2000 and has received several teaching awards there.

Professor Bivins specializes in religion and American culture, focusing particularly on the intersection between religions and politics since 1900. His books include Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion (named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2015 by Choice); Religion of Fear: The Politics of Horror in Conservative Evangelicalism (named a 2008 Outstanding Academic Title selected by Choice); and The Fracture of Good Order: Christian Antiliberalism and the Challenge to American Politics. His books have received coverage from both mainstream and academic media, including National Public Radio, The Washington Times, and Religion Dispatches.

Professor Bivins has also published articles, book chapters, review essays, and pieces on religion, politics, and culture in the United States, as well as on theory and method in the study of religion. Regularly interviewed by newspapers, podcasts, radio shows, and other public media, Professor Bivins serves on multiple committees in the American Academy of Religion and was a section coeditor for Religion Compass.

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  1. Thinking about Religion and Violence Sale

    Thinking about Religion and Violence

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    In Thinking about Religion and Violence, award-winning Professor Jason C. Bivins takes you on a global, 24-lecture investigation of the roots of religious violence that offers more informed ways of thinking about it. You’ll consider how faiths view concepts like human sacrifice and martyrdom; the ways religious violence can be directed toward specific races and genders; and concepts like heresy and demonology.
  2. (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Why Evil Exists Set

    (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Through this two-course set, take a remarkable look at the context and justifications for evil. From war gods to witch hunting to terrorism, discover the roots of religious violence with Thinking About Religion. Then, get a richly provocative and revealing encounter with the question of human evil—a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization's greatest thinking and insight on this critical subject in Why Evil...
  3. (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Sacred Texts of the World Set

    (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Dive into the mysteries and ambiguities of religion with this illuminating two-course set. Join a religion professor for a startling, open-minded examination of the strange nexus between human spirituality and violence with Thinking about Religion and Violence. Then, journey into the world canon of sacred writings that have played an integral role in human culture and history with Sacred Texts of the World.
  4. (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century Set on sale

    (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Take a look at acts of terror throughout history from a spiritual and cultural perspective with this enlightening two-course set. Discover how to understand (and possibly mitigate) religious violence with Thinking About Religion and Violence. Then, in Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century, see how the 20th century's violence was the result of specific historical developments that eventually combined, with explosive...
  5. (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Death, Dying, and the Afterlife Set

    (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Death, Dying, and the Afterlife

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Spirituality serves a number of purposes and provides a variety of justifications. This two-course set shines a spotlight on two aspects of religion that we don’t typically investigate. Join a religion professor for a startling, open-minded examination of the strange nexus between human spirituality and ferocity in Thinking About Religion and Violence. Then, take a journey to explore life’s only...
  6. (SET) Understanding the Dark Side of Human Nature & Thinking About Religion and Violence Set

    (SET) Understanding the Dark Side of Human Nature & Thinking About Religion and Violence

    Jason C. Bivins
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    In this two-course set, set out on unforgettable investigations into the philosophies behind evil and religious violence. First, in Understanding the Dark Side of Human Nature, explore the dark side of our human nature from a global perspective, using the lenses of philosophy, theology, and science. Follow that up with Thinking about Religion and Violence, in which you’ll examine the roots of religious violence...
  7. (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Turning Points in Middle Eastern History Set on sale

    (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    We live in a world where religious violence seems more prevalent than ever and with this two-course set, you can dive into spiritual and cultural history of this phenomenon. From war gods to witch hunting to terrorism, discover the roots of religious violence with Thinking About Religion and Violence. Then, take a penetrating look at the fascinating and thoroughly remarkable past of this storied part of the world...