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Violence, Religion, and the Death of René Girard

By Philip L. Tite On November 4, 2015 the renowned literary theorist, René Girard (Stanford University) passed away at the age of 91. In an online announcement on the Stanford News, Cynthia Haven offers a comprehensive and glowing overview of … Continue reading

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How to Organize the World Religions Survey (?)

by Charles McCrary Earlier this year, during the spring semester, I wrote a post about my teaching world religions and the possibility of using a tentative definition of “religion.” In the post I briefly considered how the course might look … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo, “Free Speech,” and Critique

by Matt Sheedy It should go without saying that the massacre of journalists and police officers in Paris this past Wednesday is abhorrent, that the perpetrators should be brought to justice, and that measures should be taken to reduce the … Continue reading

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Religion Clichés: #1 and #2

by Tenzan Eaghll In 1972 Ninian Smart published an article titled, “Comparative religion clichés: Crushing the clichés about comparative religion and then accentuating the positive value of the New Religious Education.” Smart’s goal was to debunk popular clichés in order … Continue reading

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Thus Spake Hercules: On Atheism and the Uses of Critical Theory

  by Matt Sheedy In a Raw Story article from this past Wednesday, entitled “Kevin Sorbo: Atheists are angry because they secretly know God exists and is judging them,” Scott Kaufman discusses a recent interview with the actor best known … Continue reading

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A Quasi-Caricatured Taxonomy of Religious Studies Instructors

by Travis Cooper * This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. As an advanced graduate student in religious studies, among other departments, I’ve been advised by or have sat under for classes a number of different types of instructors … Continue reading

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The First Day in Orientation to the Study of Religion

by Sean McCloud * This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. “Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start).” “Everything seems to be up in the air at this time.” … Continue reading

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