Tag Archives: J.Z. Smith

Theorizing Religion in the Age of Trump: Matthew Baldwin, Part II

The election of Donald Trump has given rise to new kind of politics that has already increased tensions between competing groups, including religious groups over issues such as public education, science funding, and a travel ban impacting several Muslim majority … Continue reading

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When We Forget Our Roots

by Aaron Hughes I have been asked to respond to Rachel Fulton Brown’s piece at the University of Chicago Divinity’s School Sightings. I’ll leave it to others to adjudicate her political leanings or apparent support for Milo Yiannopoulos’ cross-country speaking … Continue reading

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

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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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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Theses on Professionalization: Charles McCrary

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to enter) the job … Continue reading

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A Shared, Yet Strangely Comforting Delusion: Cognizing Minds, Theorizing Exegesis, and Scholarship as Readerly Constructed Intentionality

By Philip L. Tite I have recently been working through Hugo Lundhaug’s wonderful book, Images of Rebirth: Cognitive Poetics and Transformational Soteriology in the Gospel of Philip and the Exegesis on the Soul (NHMS, 73; Leiden: Brill, 2010). In this … Continue reading

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Teaching Beyond the World Religions Paradigm?

By Philip L. Tite Currently I am teaching an undergraduate course, Introductions to Western Religions. This introductory course (along with its companion course, Introduction to Eastern Religions) is a common one in universities across North America. These are the basic … Continue reading

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