Category Archives: Theory and Method

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

by Stacie Swain When I began writing this piece, I was on a plane ride back to Ottawa for the 2nd year of my MA in the study of religion, after travelling for two and a half months for both … Continue reading

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My Definition of “Theory” in the Academic Study of Religion

by Philip L. Tite Note: This post originally appeared not the author’s blog. Over the past few years, I have taught an undergraduate course on “Theories in the Study of Religion” at the University of Washington. Such a course is … Continue reading

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Feminism and Free Choice in the Burkini Affair

by Matt Sheedy The image of a woman being forced to remove layers of clothing on a beach in Nice last month by four armed police sparked protest from around the world, and is the latest incident in France’s on-going … Continue reading

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The State of Religious Studies Education on YouTube

by Andrew M. Henry Despite stiff competition from cat videos and corporate-sponsored content, educational YouTube channels have carved out a respected niche in the landscape of online video. Borrowing the style of video bloggers pioneered in the early years of YouTube … Continue reading

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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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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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