Monthly Archives: August 2013

ShaunTology, Part 3: I have measured out my life with power jumps

by Charles McCrary Shaun T, probably the most popular fitness guru in the United States today, tells us a great deal about selfhood, agency, and the good in twenty-first-century America. The first two parts of this series (one and two) … Continue reading

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The Enduring Appeal of the Missionary Position: Some Contemporary Representations of Native-Jesuit Relations

by Matt Sheedy For part two (written two years after this initial post), see here. I recently paid a visit to Martyrs’ Shrine and Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons in Midland Ontario, nestled on Georgian Bay about an hour and a … Continue reading

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Casual Apocalypticism: Conspiracy Theory, Masculinity, and American Religion

by Donovan Schaefer Conspiracy theory follows power’s secret moves through the telltale signs inscribed on banal surfaces.  It takes the vaguely lived sense that something isn’t quite right and then snaps it into a puzzle form, a search for underlying … Continue reading

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ShaunTology, Part 2: Shaun T and the American Self

by Charles McCrary In my first post in this series, I began a discussion of fitness instructor Shaun T, treating him as a lens through which to explore secularization theses, especially as he embodies an ethic of “human flourishing” at … Continue reading

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“And You Shall Call His Name Jesus”

* This article was initially posted on the Culture on the Edge blog. by Monica Miller What’s in a name? Well apparently a whole lot according to one judge in Eastern, Tennessee, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, who not too … Continue reading

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ShaunTology Part 1

by Charlie McCrary This is the first in a series of posts on Shaun T, creator of the popular home workouts Insanity, Hip Hops Abs, and, most recently, Focus T25. The programs are available through Beachbody, a fitness company with … Continue reading

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Tilting at Windmills?

by Craig Martin * This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. Some would have it that the work of scholars such as Don Wiebe in The Politics of Religious Studies, Tim Fitzgerald in The Ideology of Religious Studies, and Russell McCutcheon in Manufacturing … Continue reading

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