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

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

The Important Tasks Facing American Religious Demographers

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
"By focusing entirely on cohort turnover, we may be missing some important individual-level changes in religious expression across the life course."
American religion
Demography
PRRI
quantiative methods
research methods

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

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

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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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
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