Category Archives: Religion and Popular Culture

Privilege, Religion, and Identity Markers

by Philip L. Tite This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. Last semester I taught two sections of a course on the topic of religion and violence. A key theme in the course is that violence is not simply … 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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Better Know a Religion Blog: Leviathan and You: A Blog About Big Things

In this series with the Bulletin–whose title is a play on Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment, and whose alternate title is “Religious Studies Blogs: What do they talk about? Do they talk about things? Let’s find out!” (from BoJack Horseman)–we ask blog authors/curators to tell us a … Continue reading

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Trump, Barthes, and the Triumph of Wrestling

by Tenzan Eaghll I don’t know if Donald Trump is a sexist, racist, misogynist, bigot, or even if he is a neo-fascist, but he sure played one in this year’s election. Just like the World Wrestling champion Hulk Hogan, who … Continue reading

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Building Broad Support (or the Appearance of it)

by Steven Ramey This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. A New Jersey fundraiser last weekend titled “Humanity United Against Terror” provides an excellent example of one of the tricks of building cooperation. The Republican Hindu … Continue reading

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American Gods, Part 1

5 by Eliza Rosenberg For other instalments in this series, see here. [Note: This is the first in a series of entries on Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods. The series will consist of chapter-by-chapter discussions of the book from a … Continue reading

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Theory in Unlikely Places: Tim Kinsella’s Lyrics

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask readers and contributors to share some reflections on unlikely places (i.e., non-stodgy-academic-prose) where religious studies theory and method show up for them–be it in song, poetry, literature, television, film, or anything else.  by Adam T. Miller A … Continue reading

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