The Winter of (Neo)Conservative Discontent

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Looking back on the last 60 years, we can see clearly "the influence of the Catholic neoconservatives throughout the Americas and the world," writes Jesse Russell in this response to our October 21st podcast with Jerry Espinoza Rivera.
Catholicism
Latin America
liberation theology
neoconservatism
pope john paul II

Santa Muerte and the Interplay of Cultures on Dia de los Muertos

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Santa Muerte is a death saint with a rich history and reflects the deep interplay of cultures and devotional practices in Mexico.
Catholicism
Day of the Dead
folk saints
mexico
Ritual
Santa Muerte
syncretism

The Promise of Reincarnation in the Grundtvig AI

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Researchers are looking to make a robotic re-incarnation of Danish Founding Father N.F.S. Grundtvig, but what do such AI interfaces say about how religious studies can participate in digital humanities research?
AI
artificial intelligence
Digital Humanities
Grundtvig
robotics

The Politics of Religious Freedom and the Criminalization of Blackness

Bishop Brathwaite’s story points out to us the degree to which the ghostly histories of enslaved and colonized peoples continue to haunt the present from the graves of colonial infrastructures and through repurposed modes of colonial regulation. We can include in this the category of religion and its promised freedom as sites for such hauntings as well
Afro-Caribbean
hauntology
Race
Racism
Religious freedom
tisa wenger

When Religion Is Not Religion: Inside Religious Studies’ Fight for Religious Literacy in the Public Sphere

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As I listened to her interview about the book and its ramifications on the Religious Studies Project, I not only appreciated her balanced and thorough approach to this topic, but found myself wanting to focus on three points that she touched on in the talk: 1) the ways in which “religion” is defined in the public sphere; 2) whether or not we should listen to “fringe” Islamophobes and their rhetoric on religion; and 3) thinking about “when Christianity is not a religion.”
Definition
Islam
pedagogy
public sphere
religion

Science Fiction and the Para-Religious

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Marek Sullivan
[I]t is notable how infrequently religion appears as a major theme in the personal lives of famous science fiction authors and how many, including those for whom religion is a major theme in their work, are themselves either atheists or practitioners of idiosyncratic or unorganized alternative spiritualities...
Atheism
Ben Banasik
Humanism
Race MoChridhe
Science Fiction
Tara Smith

God Wears a Tiara

Written by Mandy McMichael in response to a podcast by Chelsea…
Beauty pageants
Mandy McMichael
Miss America

Navigating the Religious Worlds of Science Fiction and Video Games

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Marek Sullivan
There’s always another thing to see as data for religious studies, but widening the boundary for what counts as data comes with a price. Every new category is a multiplication. When your choices are infinite, then explaining your choices becomes an obligation.  
Ben Banasik
David McConeghy
Raymond Radford
Science Fiction
Tara Smith
Video Games
two women, rabbis, and a man holding a guitar

The God-Shaped Elephant

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Marek Sullivan
Most of the health psychology of religion sub-sub-field suffers less from a God-shaped hole and more of a God-shaped elephant sitting in the room that usually goes undiscussed. The most important, but always implicit, mechanism in these studies is God.
Alex Uzdavines
belief
David Speed
mental health
Psychology of Religion

Cosmpolitan and Cool--and Modest

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
A response to "Modest Dress Beyond the Headscarf" by Saskia…
gender
Islam
women

The Garments of Latter-Day Saints as Embodied Sacred Practice

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkTz_NQqKA8&feature=youtu.be Discussing…

Meditation on Friction

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
The barrier of the Temple Garment both shapes and impedes the outward creation of the identity of the Mormon woman.

Space for Race: Decoding Issues of Race, Belonging and Multi- Culturalism in Canada and Beyond

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Many Canadians see themselves as a nation that champions human rights and diversity, alongside and entwined with ideals of secularism and religious neutrality. This often leads to disputes around what constitutes “diversity.”
canada
Diversity
multiculturalism
Trudeau
two women, rabbis, and a man holding a guitar

When the Word is a Sound: Toward a Sensory Scholarship of Religion

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
Music forcefully reminds us of religion’s timebound nature and holds its own systems of rhythm and inflection—you cannot skim music the way you can cram a text.
Art
Judaism
Music
sound
worship