Joseph Laycock discusses exorcism and religious studies with Big Ideas TXST – Corridor News


SAN MARCOS – Joseph Laycock, Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast for the December episode, discussing 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 Book of Penguin Exorcisms, Talk About The Devil: How The Satanic Temple Is Changing The Way We Talk About Religion, Dangerous games: what moral panic says about role-playing games about gambling, religion and fantasy 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.

Big Ideas TXST is a monthly podcast from the Texas State University Advancement Division that delves into the fascinating minds that forge innovation, research, and creativity at the university.

Hosted by Daniel Seed, lecturer at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, each episode features thoughtful interviews and discussions with thought leaders developing innovative ideas to make the world a better place.

Big Ideas TXST can be found at The podcast can also be listened to or subscribed to on:


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