Category Archives: Tenzan Eaghll

Something I Learned From J.Z. Smith: Tenzan Eaghll

by Tenzan Eaghll This is part of a new series where scholars reflect on something they’ve learned from the influential work of Jonathan Z. Smith, who died on December 30, 2017. For other posts in the series see here. I … Continue reading

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Defining Theology (with reference to Jean-Luc Marion)

by Tenzan Eaghll When I went for my first academic interview in a religious studies department after completing my PhD, the first question I was asked by the hiring committee was “what is the difference between religious studies and theology.” … Continue reading

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Trump and the Tyranny of Authenticity

by Matt Sheedy In the preface to his book Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity (2016), Aaron Hughes writes: Rather than judge the Islamic bone fides of such groups as Boko Haram and ISIS, why not attempt to explain and understand such groups … Continue reading

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Trump, Barthes, and the Triumph of Wrestling

by Tenzan Eaghll I don’t know if Donald Trump is a sexist, racist, misogynist, bigot, or even if he is a neo-fascist, but he sure played one in this year’s election. Just like the World Wrestling champion Hulk Hogan, who … Continue reading

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Diversity is Not Enough (Harvard’s Concealed Theology)

Note: This post originally appeared on Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. by Tenzan Eaghll Did you catch the article that was making the rounds on Facebook last month about a new free online course on religion being offered by … Continue reading

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Accessibility and Complexity

by Steven Ramey Tenzan Eaghll’s post on this blog on Wednesday made a significant point. Calls for more accessible scholarly writing, which have been making the social media rounds lately, ignore the ways that critical theory often challenges assumptions, the … Continue reading

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A Brief note on the Importance of Unreadable Critical Theory in the Humanities

by Tenzan Eaghll Today I read my 500th article on why the humanities are failing. Since I began working in religious studies these articles have been published with abandon, all of them claiming that the humanities are devalued, underfunded, and … Continue reading

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