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Reflections on RELS 161: Contemporary Problems in Religion and Culture

by Ian Alexander Cuthbertson Note: This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. Last year I redesigned a first-year religious studies course at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario. The course is one of two full-year … Continue reading

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Humor, Crazy Cults, and a Final Tribute to Mork from Ork

By Philip L. Tite The shocking death of Robin Williams this past Monday has sparked a flurry of tributes, reflections, and, of course, outpourings of grief by admirers. For myself, his death recalled my recent use of clips from Mork … Continue reading

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A is for Adjunct, Part 2

by Kate Daley-Bailey Editor’s Note: Part 1 of this post ended with a few lines posing questions about what those in an adjunct position can do, which has been re-posted here as a lead-in to Part 2. So, make a final … Continue reading

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“New Religious Movements” as an Interpretive Category

Typically, when we think of New Religious Movements (NRMs), our gaze is directed to the relatively small number of traditions that cluster at the fringes of the contemporary religious landscape (e.g., the Church of Scientology, International Raelian Religion, Heaven’s Gate, … Continue reading

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The Existential Work of the Jedi

In a Bulletin post from August 2011, I speculated about the likely religious future of George Lucas’ still wildly popular, and globally distributed, Star Wars universe. Might figures such as the Jedi Knight come to play an increasingly explicit role … Continue reading

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Ironic Religion & Ritual

That the traditional American Christmas holiday has in recent years encountered powerful cultural competitors is fairly obvious. This is evident, for instance, in legal and political battles over whether public space (and funds) should be set aside for nativity scenes. … Continue reading

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