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

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

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

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

Could Empathy Encourage Hyperactive Authority Detection?

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Misplaced Faith? an interview with Professor Luke Galen, inspires some interesting speculations that I’ll offer in response. First, the mention of gender differences in the context of individual differences in the “sensus divinitatis” and agency detection is potentially important.
Cognitive Approaches
hyperactive agency detection
Luke Galen
Nick Stauner