Monthly Archives: November 2013

Oh, the Humanity…

by Russell McCutcheon * This post appeared recently on the Culture on the Edge blog and is part of an on-going conversation on the scholarly use and meaning of the term “data.” Culture on  the Edge also addressed this question here … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and Religion, Religion and Popular Culture, Religion and Society, Religion and Theory, Religion in the News, Theory and Method, Theory in the Real World | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Our Peculiar Institution: American Protestantism, Shame, and McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (film review essay)

by Donovan Schaefer Warning: Spoilers but you kind of already know what happens Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is mandatory viewing for Americans, unblinkingly revisiting a crucial and painful chapter in US history and helping to flesh out the … Continue reading

Posted in Donovan Schaefer, Film Reviews, Politics and Religion, Religion and Popular Culture, Religion and Society, Religion and Theory | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Considering Orgasmic Meditation: It’s not ‘Diddling’ when it’s a Ritual

by Natasha L. Mikles While perusing the blogs recently, I came across an article describing one woman’s visit to the San Francisco OMXperience—a three-day, $795-a-head event in August 2013 designed to “kick off the industry of the orgasm”—an industry of … Continue reading

Posted in Natasha Mikles, Religion and Popular Culture, Religion and Society, Religion and Theory, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Theory and Method, Theory in the Real World, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why “Atheism” Matters

by Douglas E. Cowan * The following is a summary post of Dr. Cowan’s article appearing in the recent issues of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion on “Humor and Religion.” Many readers may be surprised by an article … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Popular Culture, Religion and Society, Religion and Theory, Theory and Method, Theory in the Real World | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment