Monthly Archives: July 2012

Jürgen Habermas and the Study of Religion – Part 1

by Matt Sheedy In his 2001 essay “Faith and Knowledge,” Habermas quotes the late Max Horkheimer (1895-1973), who wrote, “Knowing there is no God, it nevertheless believes in him.” The “it” in this sentence is in reference to Critical Theory, … Continue reading

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Scholarship From The Road: “Being Someone”

by Deeksha Sivakumar Who would have thought that one of the hardest questions I ask myself every morning during fieldwork is “what to wear?” In order to be remembered or valued in society we all lay somewhere on a spectrum … Continue reading

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Religious “Expression”?

Some scholars of religion talk as if cultural stuff—icons, myths, rituals, practices, ideologies, discourses, etc.—allows practitioners to “express” themselves, their religious beliefs, or simply their “religion.” Other scholars talk as if the use of this cultural stuff has the effect … Continue reading

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A Funeral for Canada, the Occupy Movement, and Social Formations

By Matt Sheedy On June 3, 2011, a young woman named Brigette De Pape walked onto the floor of the Senate in Ottawa, where she worked as a parliamentary page, and held up a handmade stop sign that read “Stop … Continue reading

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Commands of the Blood

By Kate Daley-Bailey At the subconscious level, whether in cult or in life, man obeys the commands of the blood, as if in dreams or, according to natural insight, as a happy expression describes this harmony between nature and culture. … Continue reading

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Scholarship From The Road: Belief, Practice and the Story of Andal

By Deeksha Sivakumar “The women of Ayodhya run eagerly to see the procession to Sita’s house… their hair fell loose, open on all sides, their waist girdles come undone, they do not even stop to cover their breasts… as they … Continue reading

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Nationalist Hierophanies

One semester in REL 101 I told students that I would perform a “ritual” with them, whereby I would make “the Sacred” manifest itself. My ritual supplies included a bowl of water, a glue stick, a lighter, and some square, rectangular, … Continue reading

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