Monthly Archives: August 2012

“There is no honor in handbooks,” or is there?

By Cathy Gutierrez Achilles may have measured his kleos—his fame—through both noble and treacherous displays of bravery on the battlefield, but for modern day academics I think it can be measured in the degree of one’s handbook ennui.  Being asked … Continue reading

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Picture Book: Demystifying Commodity Fetishism

When I was in South Africa this fall for a conference at Unisa (sponsored by the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Studies), the conference organizers took several of us international visitors to the Apartheid Museum. It was an … Continue reading

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Secularization After the Invention of Religion

By Kenneth G. MacKendrick Supporters of theories of secularization have fallen on hard times. Three criticisms of secularization are commonplace. First, secularization did not occur, with the refutation of theories of secularization relying on empirical observations. Second, the very notion of … Continue reading

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Theorizing Zombies

[This paper was presented at the AAR’s Southeast Regional Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) yearly conference in Atlanta on March 3, 2o12, as part of a panel on “Zombies and Zombie Apocalypses.”] By Kate Dailey-Baley The zombie genre … Continue reading

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“Legitimate Rape”: God’s Justice and the Republican Party

Republican Congressman and US Senate Candidate Todd Akin, of Missouri, said in an interview Sunday, in a line now infamous, “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare.  If it’s a legitimate rape, the female … Continue reading

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Blessed Are the Merciful: Religion, Power, and Pussy Riot

Last month I wrote about how the Russian Orthodox Church joined forces with the Kremlin in supporting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the Syrian civil war.  The Russian Orthodox Church, I suggested, was pursuing this course not because of their commitment … Continue reading

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Religion across Boundaries: An Interview with Dawne McCance

I interviewed Dawne McCance in fall of 2011 about her book, Derrida on Religion: Thinker of Differance (Equinox Publishing, 2008).  She suggested several avenues for connecting Derrida’s work to contemporary conversations going on now in the humanities around disciplinarity, religion, … Continue reading

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