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

Measuring and Categorizing Young Adult Spirituality

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
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

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

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

Mother Earth, Sister Earth: A Response to the RSP Interview with Dr. Susannah Crockford

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I have lived in the American Southwest much of my life, and so Dr. Crockford’s description of Sedona and its inhabitants was very familiar to me (although I have never visited that particular corner of Arizona). I was somewhat startled, though, by the idea of connecting the kind of hyperemotionalized and largely disembodied approach to spirituality and the environment that she found there to gendered discourses. On a personal level, as a former inhabitant of the region, I see much closer connections between the kind of American New Age spirituality she described and the transhumanist millenarianism that pervades much of the culture of Silicon Valley.
Ecospirituality
emotion
gender
millenarianism
nature
Race MoChridhe
Susannah Crockford

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: Disenchanting India

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This week, Ella Bock tells us why she thinks you should re-listen to our interview with Johannes Quack on Indian Rationalism, and a Relational Approach to Non-religion: "A great listen for better understanding the boundary between religion and non-religion, especially outside of a western context!"
anthropology
Atheism
Bourdieu
Christopher Cotter
Death
Fields
India
Johannes Quack
Nonreligion
Orientalism
Rationalism
science

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: Re-Experiencing Religious Experience

According to RSP Managing Editor, Tommy Coleman, "Anyone interested in stepping out the front door of their own discipline will find this podcast, like the book, contains tools for thinking you’d better not leave home without." During our "summer break", various members of the RSP editorial team will be sharing their thoughts on some podcasts from the RSP archive that they think you should listen to (again).
experience
method
psychology