Monthly Archives: June 2014

“are they a religious band or not at all?”: On Pluralism, Nones, and Identification

by Charles McCrary Last month the band Being as an Ocean released their second album, How We Both Wondrously Perish, which reached the second-highest spot on Billboard’s “Hard Rock” chart. The band was formed only three years ago, yet they now have released two albums … Continue reading

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Assuming Identity

by Monica Miller * This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. On the first day of each of my classes, I ask students a simple question: What pronoun do you prefer? Usually, the question … Continue reading

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World Religions Paradigm: Comparing Like with Like

by David Robertson * This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion and Pedagogy blog. Yogi Berra is reputed to have said, “In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice; in practice, there is.” In theory, I … Continue reading

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Heaven Is For Real: A Film Review Essay

by Matt Sheedy Heaven Is For Real is the fourth religion-themed film to appear in mainstream cinemas in 2014. Emerging in the still-frothy wake of Son of God, Noah and God’s Not Dead, it earned 22.5 million on its opening … Continue reading

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Changing the World: Reflections on Islamic Studies

by Juliane Hammer Note: This post is part of the Reflections on Islamic Studies Series. At the entrance to the main building of my alma mater were featured in gold lettering these words: “Die Philosophen haben die Welt nur verschieden … Continue reading

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Problems with Drawing Lines: Theo-Geographies of the Catholic Parish in Ireland

by Eoin O’Mahony Note: This is a condensation of a paper published in the new online refereed Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions. This is the story of a project to create digital maps of … Continue reading

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This Modern Life

by Russell McCutcheon * Note: this post originally appeared on the Practicum, Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. There’s a—in my opinion—facile approach to binaries that now seems to be all the rage: binaries are bad, we’re told, and we somehow … Continue reading

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