Unnatural Narratives: Religion in Horror Stories

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Supernatural horror’s depiction of religion takes place note only within fantastic spaces but can also depict the uncanny elements of religious belief within an otherwise recognizable “heimlich” space.
Film
genre fiction
horror
Stephen King
Supernatural

Just Published!: Implicit Religion Volume 21

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Published in conjunction with the Religious Studies Project,…
implicit religion

A Denizen of the Recent Past Lurking in the Present: Slenderman as Folklore

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Legendary figures and other forms of folklore need to be understood in relation to the vast configuring of social relationships and structures that are part of cultural expression. As the efficacy of these mediating structures erode, individuals lose the influences from the values of a wide range of groups. Here, the idea of a cyberspace community is really an illusion.
digital folkloristics
Folklore
Myth
Slenderman
urban legend

Vestal Nike and the Corporate Profit/Prophet

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The vacuum created by the blatant abuses of power by suddenly illegitimate authorities has exposed the spiritual needs of starving Americans, from sea to shining sea.
Colin Kaepernick
Donald Trump
Nike
Spirituality

Measuring and Categorizing Young Adult Spirituality

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Previous generations have not been influenced to change and adapt as quickly as Millennials and Generation Z
Gen Z
generational change
Millennials
pew research
Religious nones
research methods
handshake

Religious and Socio-Cultural Boundary Work in the Swiss Handshake Affair

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In Switzerland, immigrants are in general expected to ‘culturally and socially integrate’, while ethno-cultural differences are, at the same time, perceived as enriching and ethno-cultural identities and thus not totally expected to be abandoned.
body
gender
Islam
Islamophobia
public education
Switzerland

Challenges in the Study of Gender and Contemporary Occultism

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Were publications written decades ago for "women-only" already part of history or not? What to do when a certain publication was designated as "available to women scholars only" in one feminist archive but was unrestricted in another?
gender
Neo-Pagans
Occult
Occultism
secret

Religious Education Down-Under

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The institutional accommodation (and implied endorsement) of Bible-in-Schools engenders an unwarranted complacency towards monitoring of groups and materials by school boards and parents alike.
Australia
Bible in Schools
k-12 schools
New Zealand
public education
Special Religious Education

Transnational Gurus and the Making of a Modern Devotional Public

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Through virtual extensions of her material presence, Amma has transformed herself into a non-sectarian religious “brand,” competing for devotees in a growing soteriological marketplace.
Amma
Digital Religion
guru
hinduism
hugging
marketing
Transnational

On the Global Guru Circuit: From India to the West and Back Again

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As transnational gurus have increasingly mobilized globally in multidirectional patterns and occupy significant virtual spaces of connectivity, the ideal that religious traditions are dependent on geographical fixity has become increasingly destabilized.
Amma
darshan
guru
hinduism
hugging
Transnational

Public School Islamic Religious Education as Safe Space for Identity Development and Bottom-Up Negotiation of Citizenship

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Muslim students experience the Islamic Religious Education classroom as an in-between space where they can ask questions that they feel are too delicate to be discussed in religious communities or even with their parents but need to be discussed with an adult who is an insider of their tradition but also understand their everyday life at school.
canada
children
Education
Finland
Inkeri Rissanan
IRE
Islamic religious education
Jasmin Zine
k-12
muslim
Muslim schools
public schools
religion in schools
religious identity

The Dark Goddess: A Post-Jungian Interpretation

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However, while Warren has found a consensus on the nature of the Dark Goddess amongst the texts and YouTube communities that she is examining, not all adherents within contemporary Goddess Spirituality view the Dark Goddess in the same way.  In fact, the Dark, or Shadow aspect of Goddess, is a point of heated debate within the Goddess community amongst adherents, feminist theologians, and thealogians.
experience
gender
Goddess
Jung
Pagan
Spirituality
Thealogy