Monthly Archives: March 2014

Religion Snapshots: Deconstructing Caputo, Part One

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Navigating the “Normative/Descriptive” Divide: Reflections on Islamic Studies

by Vernon Schubel Editor’s note: This post is part of a broader conversation on scholarship in Islamic Studies that was sparked by two recent articles, one by Omid Safi and one by Aaron Hughes. The Bulletin will be hosting a series of scholars in Islamic … Continue reading

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Rethinking Gnostic Intellectuals? Categories as Weapons and History as Construct

By Philip L. Tite A few weeks ago, Larry Hurtado posted on the question as to whether the ancient Gnostics were or were not intellectuals. Hurtado claimed that they were not, that what the Gnostics wrote was not intelligent discourse, … Continue reading

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Announcing New Masters Program in History of Christianity

PONTIFICAL UNIVERSITY St Patrick’s College Maynooth Taught Masters THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY     One Year (Full-Time), Two Years (Part-Time) (in collaboration with the Department of History and the Department of Early Irish, NUI Maynooth, and the John Paul II … Continue reading

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Religion Mad Libs

by Kate Daley-Bailey Did you ever play Mad Libs as a kid? Mad Libs is a word game in which one player asks the other for a list of words to fill in blanks within an already written short story … Continue reading

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Has Politics Let Us Off the Hook?: Reflections on Islamic Studies

by Ruth Mas Editor’s note: This post is part of a broader conversation on scholarship in Islamic Studies that was sparked by two recent articles, one by Omid Safi and one by Aaron Hughes. The Bulletin will be hosting a … Continue reading

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A Duck, A Giraffe, and A Package Called “Religion”

by Philip L. Tite A data-driven giraffe walks into a store run by a theory-driven duck. The giraffe turns to the duck and orders an object for purchase as a present for her research assistant. “We only deal in discourses … Continue reading

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