Bias, Expectations, and the Role of the Media in Reporting on Religion

"These kinds of situations can create a confluence of undisclosed interest, a phenomenon that can call into question even further the accuracy of media investigation and reporting." In their discussion of Religion and the Media, Christopher Cotter and Dr. Teemu Taira touch on some rather deceptively salient points.
bias
Dan Kahan
Matthew Durham
media
News
religion
teemu taira

Questioning the Utility of Myers-Briggs

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"The listener is left with a general overview of the use of the Myers Briggs as a measure of predictive and descriptive social trends among specific samples within a variety of religious groups." In her research, Mandy Robbins applies Carl Jung’s Psychological Type Theory, which was later modified as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, ...
Christopher Silver
Mandy Robbins
Myers-Briggs
Negeen Ghasedi
Personality Types
psychology
religion

Other reasons to unpack ‘religious experience’

"...scholars should be more conscious of the ways in which some experiences are being distinguished (often implicitly), by either the person having the experience, the community in which the experience is happening, or the scholar studying it. Attention should be paid to the ways in which an experience is being marked as the sort of experience that is interesting."
Daniel Silliman
religion
religious experience

A New Approach to Faith Development Theory

"...the study of religion, spirituality, and faith [...] cannot be explored through simply descriptive statistics or only quantitative models but rather complex qualitative and empirical methods within sophisticated designs." Fowler’s Faith Development Theory has been most influential in guiding religious and spiritual research. However, while this theory is highly regarded in the realm of developmental psychology, controversy abounds regarding the validity of the faith development model. Heinz Strieb,
Faith Development Theory
Field
habitus
Heinz Streib
John Bailey
psychology
Psychology of Religion

Post-Westphalianism Versus Homogenization Theories of Globalization and Religion

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"Religion is not, in Beyer’s model, something that attempts to respond to this process. Rather it is an integral aspect of globalization." In a recent podcast interview with The Religious Studies Project's Chris Cotter, Peter Beyer discussed the relationship between globalization and religion, a topic which is highly relevant to the current state of society.
Christopher Cotter
Globalization
Jillian Scott
media
Peter Beyer
religion
Terrorism

The Secular Reality

"If, as [Douglas Pratt] is contending, we don’t want the “metaphysical dimension” and “stories” of religion at the personal as well as societal level, this is not persistence; this is a new phenomenon altering centuries of evolving theological trajectory." Douglas Pratt presents us with a most noble and worthwhile endeavor in his Religious Studies Project podcast entitled, The Persistence and Problem of Religion.
BASR
christianity
Douglas Pratt
Inter-faith
Islam
religion
Secularization
Thomas J. Coleman

Mormons demographics on the other side of the big puddle

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"In Europe, Mormons are new religious movement par excellence – they are new to the area, their numbers are very small, they have no social respectability, their doctrines are considered strange and exotic [...], and all of these characteristics place them on the same level as other small groups that are trying to settle in the European area"
Bratislava
Demography
europe
Latter Day Saints
Mormonism
Pavol Kosnac
Prague
Ryan Cragun

Is There a Christian Agenda Behind Religious Studies Departments?

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"[Martin] alludes to a greater problem: the imbalance of power, the greater influence of Christianity in Western academia, compared with other religions, both major and minor." A version of this post was published earlier today with a couple of minor but important changes made by Chris and mistakenly not communicated to the author. These unauthorised changes have been removed, and the version presented below meets with the approval of both Mr Lataster and the editors.
Bible
Biblical Studies
christianity
Dale Martin
jack tsonis
Neutrality
Raphael Lataster
Religious Studies
Sydney

Christmas Special - Only 60 Seconds!

Can Steve Sutcliffe talk about “habitus” for a full 60 seconds without deviation, hesitation or repetition? How much does David Wilson know about “Postmodernism”? Mr David Robertson is your host (ably assisted by Mr Chris Cotter) for this special festive episode of the Religious Studies Pro Recorded live in Edinburgh on December 20th, 2012.
Christopher Cotter
David Robertson
david wilson
Ethan Quillen
habitus
James Cox
Jonathan Tuckett
only 60 seconds
postmodernism
steven sutcliffe

Five Lectures on Atheism, Nonreligion, and Secularity, from the NSRN

In partnership with the NSRN (Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network), it is our pleasure to bring you the audio recordings of five very important lectures from Grace Davie, Humeira Iqtidar, Callum Brown, Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, and Jonathan Lanman.
Atheism
belief
callum brown
grace davie
Humeira Iqtidar
Jonathan Lanman
London
Monika Wohlrab-Sahr
nonbelief
Nonreligion
nsrn
Secularism

Studying Nonreligion within Religious Studies

How we can position the study of non-religion within the discipline of Religious Studies? Sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Those of you who have been listening to the Religious Studies Project for some time will be somewhat familiar with the emerging sub-field of ‘non-religion’ studies. Perhaps you have listened to our podcast with Lois Lee, ...
Christopher Cotter
Definition
Ethan Quillen
Frans Jespers
louise connelly
Nonreligion
Religious Studies
steven sutcliffe
teemu taira

Religion in the 2011 UK Census

An 'emergency broadcast' from the Religious Studies Project... featuring George Chryssides, Bettina Schmidt, Teemu Taira, Beth Singler, Christopher Cotter, and David Robertson. What did the 2011 census data actually say, and how did the press report it? Why does it matter, and how can we use the data more constructively?
beth singler
Bettina Schmidt
Census
Christopher Cotter
David Robertson
George Chryssides
jediism
NRMs
teemu taira

A Personal Diary from the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago 2012

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" It is truly lovely to have met so many nice people when I arrived at the conference knowing virtually no one. My planned early night is yet again railroaded by the “couple” of “quick” emails I had to send, and I crawl into bed just before midnight. Despite the exhaustion, it is difficult to sleep on account of the whirring mind induced by the weekend’s conversations."
AAR
Conferences
Donald Wiebe
jack tsonis

An Astrology (and Spiritualities) for the Modern

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"Campion’s suggestion of Theosophical astrology being an astrology for the modern, in the context of a revision of the Enlightenment and ‘modernity’, sheds light on the place of alternative, holistic, and esoteric spiritualities in the modern world." [Theosophical astrology] is an astrology of modernity’, suggests Nick Campion in his interview with the Religious Studies Project. However, before even coming to this suggestion,
Astrology
Emerging Church
Francesca Po
nick campion
Postmodernity
Spirituality
Theosophy

Book Reviews

When we were contacted earlier this year by a couple of publishers asking if we’d be interested in reviewing books, we immediately thought “Yes – but how?” We’re not a journal, and didn’t want to do the traditional journal review, but we do love books, and especially talking about them. So when Chris suggested we could combine several reviews into a roundtable format, ...
Christopher Cotter
craig martin
David Goodhew
David Robertson
david wilson
Jonathan Tuckett
marion bowman
R. Scott Smith
reviews
Ule Valk