Category Archives: Religion and Popular Culture

Ignorance strip’t bare: Rodney Stark and triumphalist historiography

by Richard K. Payne I remember being struck many years ago by the question underlying Joseph Needham’s massive project Science and Civilization in China: Why did China not follow the same line of progress in the development of science that … Continue reading

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Expected Meanings

Note: This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. by Steven Ramey The meaning of words, even entire texts, reflect our expectations of them and our assumptions of their context. This point is apparent in the Argentine … Continue reading

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So You’re Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders: Matt Sheedy

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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Religious Diversity: Transitions, Intersections, Flashpoints, and Institutions

The following is the introduction to the March 2016 issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (the full table of contents having already been posted), written by Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa), who is the director of the … Continue reading

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Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 45.1 (March 2016)

The March issue of the Bulletin has now been published and is available. Below is the table of contents of this issue, which includes a set of papers arising from the Religion and Diversity Project; a major, seven-year research endeavor … Continue reading

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Why are Chinese Grandmothers Giving Offerings to Video Game Characters? And Why Does the Internet Think it’s Funny?

by Natasha L. Mikles A strange set of pictures has been circulating on Chinese messaging apps this week. The photos—stills from the video footage of an internet café in an unknown Chinese city—show an elderly Chinese woman kneeling to make … Continue reading

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The Revenant: A Film Review Essay (sort of)

by Matt Sheedy Among the numerous commentaries that have been written about The Revenant, a Golden Globe winning film that many are predicting will clean up at the Oscars, Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech for best actor has been noted for … Continue reading

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