Author Archives: Craig Martin

Differentiating Fields

by Craig Martin S. Brent Plate’s recent post at Religion Dispatches suggests that when it comes to religious studies, scholars are, in a sense, both insiders and outsiders at the same time. He comes to this conclusion through a comparison of the … Continue reading

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“Sacred” and “the Sacred”: False Cognates

by Craig Martin “Sacred” is an adjective; “the Sacred” is a noun.  In The Ideology of Religious Studies, Tim Fitzgerald discusses the adjectival use: If by ‘sacred’ we mean those things, ideas, places, people, stories, procedures and principles that empirical groups … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Tim Murphy (1956-2013)

by Craig Martin We regret to share that Tim Murphy (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Alabama; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz), passed away yesterday after a protracted battle with cystic fibrosis (The announcement from the University of … Continue reading

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Divided by Faith?

by Craig Martin It seems to be a common sense notion that people fight over differing religious beliefs. Consider the following paragraph from an NPR news story, which I take to be typical: When Osama bin Laden declared war on … Continue reading

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Critical Question Series 2: Craig Martin

Craig Martin is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College and Executive Secretary of the North American Association for the Study of Religion. His books include Masking Hegemony: A Genealogy of Liberalism, Religion and the Private Sphere (Equinox 2010) A Critical … Continue reading

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Facebooking for Scholarship

by Craig Martin My Facebook friends often say that serious academic conversations can’t take place on Facebook. Apparently the limitations of the format are limited such that substantive engagement is difficult if not impossible. However, I’m not entirely persuaded. If … Continue reading

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Internalized Oppression

by Craig Martin “Internalized oppression” is an outdated concept; those who once used it tended to (wrongly) assume the pre-existence of a free self that is essentially constrained—rather than constituted—by social forces. Nevertheless, the concept, problematic though it may be, … Continue reading

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