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This Week in Religion: Judge Moore Strikes Back, White Pentecostals for Obama, if Tebow were Gay, and the Football Solstice.

In Alabama, Roy Moore is once again running for State Supreme Court Justice (he was removed from office in November 2003, after refusing to follow a federal judge’s ruling and take down a monument to the Ten Commandments placed outside … Continue reading

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This Week in Religion

Stop the presses! This just in: a new study in the journal Science has concluded that religion sustains intra-group trust and cooperation as well as inter-group conflicts. In slightly more interesting research, a study at Queen’s University found that subjects … Continue reading

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Overcoming Cognitive Dissonance in the Classroom

Throughout my undergraduate and masters degrees, and through six years of full-time adjunct teaching in Religious Studies and Philosophy, I had the very good fortune to study with, and serve under, one of the top teachers in the field, Tim … Continue reading

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Is Religion “Different Enough”?

As I discussed in an earlier Bulletin post, in defending the continued employment of “religion” as analytically distinct interpretive category, scholars such as Ivan Strenski argue that, relative to other modes of human behavior, what we typically identify as religion … Continue reading

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On Trayvon Martin, Perceived Identities, and Zombie Imaginaries

In his recent comments on the Fox News Channel’s FOX & Friends morning show, Geraldo Rivera claimed that the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was equally the result of (i) an “overzealous and irrational” neighborhood watchman (George Zimmerman) as … Continue reading

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Vampire Churches, Vampire Images, and “Invented Religions”

[Please Note: This paper was presented at the AAR’s Southeast Regional Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) yearly conference in Atlanta this past weekend, as part of a panel on “Zombies and Zombie Apocalypses.” Over the next week, additional … Continue reading

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SORAAAD BookNotes with the Bulletin: Randall Styers, Making Magic

This week’s book note looks at another discussion of magic, Randall Styers’ Making Magic: Religion, Magic, and Science in the Modern World (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004). Styers is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of … Continue reading

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