Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sociology as a Martial Art: An Interview with Terry Rey

I interviewed Terry Rey in late 2009, shortly before the terrible earthquake in Haiti that devastated Port-au-Prince. He was eager to speak about his passion for Bourdieu’s justice-based approach to sociology—“scholarship as martial arts”—as well as how Bourdieu’s theoretical frame … Continue reading

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John Milbank’s Atavistic Orthodoxy

Christian theologian John Milbank is half right in calling his position “radical orthodoxy.” After all, the half containing the word “orthodoxy” is fairly accurate. But judging from his recent article, “Christianity, the Enlightenment and Islam,” a much more suitable qualifier for Milbank’s orthodoxy … Continue reading

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Who is Pamela Geller? On the Danger of Not Holding Yourself in Suspicion

On December 21, 2009, Daisy Khan appeared on the Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor, where she was interviewed by guest host Laura Ingraham.  The wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Ms. Khan was speaking about her and her husband’s … Continue reading

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Afterlife beliefs and the weather: Japan's heat wave means the haunted-house business is booming

According to this piece from the Malaysian Insider, it’s customary in Japan to visit “ghost houses” (obake yashiki, or haunted houses) during the summer. This is because, when it’s hot outside, you want to go somewhere where you’ll feel a … Continue reading

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Starting the Semester Right

My classes start next Tuesday, and I’m currently stressed out, as I’m sure many of us are. The summer is over, although we didn’t get everything on our summer to-do list done. Classes are beginning, although we don’t have all … Continue reading

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The Pope, The Gay Saint, and His Lover: The Beatification of Cardinal Newman

On September 19, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI will beatify John Henry Cardinal Newman.[1] A controversial figure in Nineteenth-Century England, Cardinal Newman converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism towards the middle of his life. Yet during the recent lead up to … Continue reading

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