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Update on Responses to the AAR Annual Conference Theme for 2016

by Philip L. Tite. The American Academy of Religion is the largest professional society for scholars studying religion. The annual meeting (held jointly with the Society of Biblical Literature), held in different cities each year in North America, draws around 8,000 academics … Continue reading

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Of Gods and beasts and Stranger Things

by Tyler Tully Stranger Things, the Netflix television series of the summer, has captivated audiences with its imaginative storytelling and nostalgic nods to the paranormal thrillers of the 1980’s. The show’s originators, the Duff brothers, originally envisioned the series under … Continue reading

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Get a Load of Canada’s “Super Hot” Prime Minister!

by Matt Sheedy I recently came across the following political ad (pictured above) from the Conservative Party of Canada in my Facebook feed. The image features a (not unflattering) photo of the current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, with a caption … Continue reading

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World Religions, American Religions, the Object of Study, and an Ode to Bruce Lincoln

by Charles McCrary This post originally appeared, in a slightly different version, at the group blog Religion in American History. This year I’ve been teaching “world religions” for the first time. I knew I would be required to do it … Continue reading

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So You’re Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do To Outsiders: Merinda Simmons

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other … Continue reading

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So You’re Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders: Sher Afgan Tareen

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other … Continue reading

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On the Compositional History of Melania Trump’s Plagiarized Address

by Philip L. Tite This post initially appeared on the author’s blog. CNN: Comparing the Speeches This week the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland OH made headlines with a controversial, and somewhat amusing, speech by Melania Trump in … Continue reading

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