Category Archives: Matt Sheedy

Imagine 7: A Secular Retreat – A Report from the Field, Part Two

by Matt Sheedy For part one in this series of posts, see here. Imagine 7: A Secular Retreat, which I recently attended in Toronto from June 2-4, is the seventh annual Imagine No Religion conference that was started by Bill Ligertwood and … Continue reading

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Free Speech, Precious Snowflakes, and Religious Experience

  We do not blame such an one, when he tries for himself to advance as far as he can with the help of such principles of explanation as he knows, interpreting “aesthetics” in terms of sensuous pleasure, and “religion” … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Religion Syllabus? Matt Sheedy

In this new series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars of religion to share with our readers what’s in their religion syllabus, from a new class or a class they’ve taught for years, reflecting on what has worked, what has been … Continue reading

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Trump and the Tyranny of Authenticity

by Matt Sheedy In the preface to his book Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity (2016), Aaron Hughes writes: Rather than judge the Islamic bone fides of such groups as Boko Haram and ISIS, why not attempt to explain and understand such groups … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s Gender Trouble

by Matt Sheedy The other day I came across a short article on Facebook entitled, “Pope says gender theory part of ‘global war’ on marriage, family,” which I promptly shared on my wall. The Reuters News Agency piece recounts comments … 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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To Celebrate or Protest? Some Reflections on Pride Toronto 2016

by Matt Sheedy On July 3rd I attended the Pride parade in Toronto, which drew increased media attention this year in light of such things as its proximity to the Orlando massacre, a terror threat on a “German-language ISIS fanboy … Continue reading

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