Tangential Thinking about "Faith-Based Organizations"

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The title of the interview intrigued me: beyond ‘faith-based organizations’. I have always considered Erica Bornstein to be one of the pioneers in the anthropology of faith-based organizations in the fields of development and humanitarianism.
Charity
Chika Watanabe
Erica Bornstein
Faith
Japan
NGOs
NGOs series

A World-Conscious Sociology of Religion?

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This week we're doing something a little bit different. Instead of a written response to the podcast we have a video response instead: For my take on James Spickard’s phenomenology see: “Prolegomena to a Philosophical Phenomenology of Religion: a critique of sociological phenomenology”.
Alternative Sociology
Indigenous Sociology
James Spickard
Jonathan Tuckett
Michael Burawoy
Public Sociology
Sociology
Sociology of Religion

"Communicating Religion". Annual Conference of the EASR

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Visiting your Alma Mater is always accompanied by mixed emotions. On the one hand you see familiar things you missed but on the other hand you’re confronted with downsides you hoped were a thing of the past. My visit to the KULeuven for the EASR conference had both, although the positives far outweighed the downsides.
ann taves
cognitive science of religion
EASR
EASR 2017
Hans van Eyghen
religion
Religious Studies

Muslim NGOs and Civil Society in Morocco

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The Religious Studies Project inaugurates its series on “Religions and NGOS” with an investigation of Muslim NGOs in Indonesia and their contribution to the development of both a vibrant civil society as well as a successful democratic system.
Islam
John Thibdeau
Morocco
Muslim NGOs
NGOs series
Robert Hefner

Sitting on the bench: is the cognitive and evolutionary study of religion a team sport?

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The grand challenge of cross-disciplinary integration Cognitive Science (CS) has always been interdisciplinary and multi disciplinary. As recapped by William Bechtel, Adele Abrahamsen, and George Graham (2001), since the very beginning,
Cognitive Science
cognitive science of religion
Historical Approaches
History
Leonardo Ambasciano
philosophy of mind
Wesley Wildman

Absence as Advantage

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The interview conducted by David Robertson from the Religious Studies project with Bjørn Ola Tafjord (University of Tromsø) and Arkotong Longkumer (University of Edinburgh) explores the meanings, challenges and various usages of the increasingly popular notion of Indigenous Religion(s).
Arkotong Longkumer
bjørn ola tafjord
Indigeneity
indigenous religion
religion

The Perils and Promise of “Authenticity”

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The RSP interview with Doctors Theodora Wild croft and Stephen Jacobs about the adoption (and/or appropriation) of kirtan in British culture interested me tremendously, as my own work focuses on Filianism—a New Religious Movement in Britain that, although not arising directly out of Hinduism, has frequently employed Sanskrit terms and elements of Hindu iconography to present itself to the public.
Filianism
hinduism
Race MoChridhe
Stephen Jacobs
Theodora Wildcroft

The RSP needs you!

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It's the start of a new season (semester?) of podcasts for the Religious Studies Project and we have a new responses editor in the form of me Jonathan Tuckett! You may remember me from back in the very early days of the podcasts
early career academics
postgraduates
religious studies programs
religious studies project
religious studies students

Patreon

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The Religious Studies Project have launched a Patreon campaign - Chris and David explain why. Be part of the solution, not the problem...
patreon
Video

Stretching Good Faith: A Response to Candy Gunther Brown

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If Candy Gunther Brown’s work is so divergent with her peers in academia, how does one contextualize her understanding of yoga and her approach to it? In keeping with Bender’s assessment that Brown “exemplifies the ‘caveat emptor’ genre of popular writing about CAM,” I would argue that Brown’s writings on yoga are most similar to the genre of Christian-based criticism of yoga.
Candy Gunther Brown
Daniel Gorman Jr
Encinitas
Jennifer Sedlock
Yoga

On Reading Ralph Ellison Theologically

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Most scholars examining invisibility in Ellison’s novel consider it a social metaphor: the novel’s protagonist is made invisible by people’s refusal to really see him. Yet Harriss claims invisibility is also a theological trope, with roots in biblical materials, Protestantism, and Kongo traditions, antecedents that establish it as an unmarked religious category. More than the social marginalization of black bodies, Harriss contends invisibility is metaphysical, too.
Cooper Harriss
Dusty Hoesly
invisible theology
Literature
Race
Ralph Ellison
Secular

The Religious Meanings of Borders

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Maffly-Kipp offers what might be thought of as a mandate for borders for religious historians towards the end of the conversation. She and Gorman are talking about global histories, and specifically how global history re-shapes American religious history. Maffly-Kipp says it’s not enough to note borders and the crossing of borders, in religious histories. Instead, the meaning and affects and effects of borders on religion must be carefully examined.
borders
Daniel Silliman
Edward Oke
Janette Oke
Laurie Maffly-Kipp
Missionary Church

Messengers of Many Gods: A Response to the RSP Interview with Tehri Utriainen

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Angels don’t just make esotericism accessible to Christians; they make the legacy of Christian thought and active dialogue with the Christian world accessible to people who have often left both on bad terms, and would not otherwise be willing or able to engage with them.
angels
Race MoChridhe
syncretism
Tehri Utriainen
Thor

Explaining Witchcraft: Response to ‘Witchcraft in Slovenia’

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In her interview, Mirjam Mencej discusses her fascinating research into witchcraft in rural Slovenia. She conducted field work in Eastern Slovenia into people’s beliefs on witchcraft. Though restricted to rural areas in Eastern Slovenia, she claims belief in witchcraft is very much alive.
Cognitive Approaches
Hans van Eyghen
Mirjam Mencej
social evolution
Witchcraft

Mormon, Jesuits, and the Pain of Replication: A Historical-Social Excursus

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In their interview dealing with the place of American religion in the world and ‘bodies in space’, Dan Gorman and Professor Laurie Maffly-Kipp cover a wide range of topics relevant to both American religious history and Mormon studies as they reflect on several important suggestions made by John McGreevy in his American Jesuits and the World.
Adam J Powell
Cosmopolitanism
Jesuits
Laurie Maffly-Kipp
Mormonism