Tag Archives: Rhetoric

Disruptive Narratives and the “Funny” in Religion

By Philip L. Tite In the most recent issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Catherine Caufield (Athabasca University) offers a fascinating analysis of several modern fictional accounts of the life of Jesus. She looks at Nikos Kanzantzakis’ … Continue reading

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NAASR Notes: Adam T. Miller

by Adam T. Miller NAASR Notes is a feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be … Continue reading

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Individual Rights?

According to a story we tell ourselves, we live in an unprecedented age with something called “individual rights.” As Norbert Elias writes in The Society of Individuals, The transition to the primacy of the state in relation to clan and tribe … Continue reading

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Picture Book: Marriage and Donuts

I recently saw this image on Facebook (it was shared by George Takei, whose Facebook feed is pretty entertaining): While I am personally in favor of passing laws that benefit the interests of gays and lesbians, this comparison of gay … Continue reading

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Lucian’s Satires and the Discursive Role of the Charlatan

By Philip L. Tite I am continually fascinated with the discursive techniques that people use to discredit competing religious groups or cultic practices (especially as such language tends to reinforce the polemicist’s own group or worldview). Recently, while working on … Continue reading

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Two Maps

I came across two maps today. The first one is a joke; it’s titled “Europe according to the United States of America”: As far as I can tell this map is designed to poke fun at and expose American stereotypes … Continue reading

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