Exploring the Richness of Nonreligion

"Josh Bullock’s and David Herbert’s study advances our understanding of un/belief, belonging, and the sociality of nonreligion across different countries and generations," writes Dr. Rachel Shillitoe in response to Episode #313 "Unbelief as a Social Phenomenon"
europe
Nonreligion
science and religion
Unbelief

Which Voice Speaks?

Russell McCutcheon writes that the ongoing scholarly issues raised by critical theorists about the category of religion, reflected by McCutcheon, Timothy Fitzgerald and others, reflect the reality that "old habits die hard because they are situated within larger contexts that organize our sense of who we are in relation to others." This includes "discourses on religion" which "many scholars seem to have no choice but to continue to see as self-evident in their meaning and application"
category of religion
Critical theory
Discourse

American Religion, a New Journal for the Discipline and an Opportunity to Reimagine How We Theorize

The "capacious model" proposed by editors Sarah Imhoff and Cooper Harriss for the new journal American Religion "could set this journal apart from standard approaches to the study of American religion," writes Andrea R. Jain in this response to RSP Episode 323.
academic editing
academic publishing
American religion
Journals
theory

Developing Communities of Practical Wisdom

"Religious studies programs that honor a social justice frame learn to speak to common human needs in compelling ways" says Holly Nelson Becker, PhD, LCSW in response to our conversation with Molly Bassett in RSP Episode 315: "Applied Religious Studies at Georgia State University."
aging
curriculum
degrees in religion
gerontology
pedagogy
religion and aging
spiritual

Intellectual Journeys: Insights from Timothy Fitzgerald’s Work

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Craig Martin writes of the lesson he learned from Timothy Fitzgerald's work: "Reading widely outside of religious studies allows us to integrate the knowledge from different fields or disciplines, making connections where theories or claims overlap, or noting where some approaches allow us to answer some of my questions in a more sophisticated way than other approaches."
category formation
critical
Critical theory
deconstruction
discursive
Ideology
Interdisciplinarity
Ritual

After Secularization: Unbelief in Europe

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"Since the 1960s, critiques of scientific rationalism and technocracy have not withered away but have only expanded and have, in the process, diffused from the libertarian left to the new populist right," writes Professor Dick Houtman in this response to our December 2nd episode, "Unbelief as a Nuanced Phenomenon."
Rationalism
religion in Europe
Secularization
Sociology of Religion
Unbelief

What is AI For?

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The prospect of an artificial intelligence both fascinates and…

Gaps in Our Understanding: AI, Gods, and Humanity

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I am delighted to have an opportunity to respond to Dr. Beth…

The Essential and Complex Relationship of Religion and Media

The use of new digital media may sometimes be clumsy, not well understood, and subject to failure at times, writes Robin Harragin Hussey, but it is the current and future manifestation of the way many religions and religious people want to share and make themselves known.
Art
authenticity
Digital
Identity
media
Mediation
narrative
News
Online

The Inauthenticity of New Media

When it comes to media and the study of religion, Travis Cooper says "scholars need to ask more compelling questions, moving beyond overly simplistic binaries and dualisms to think in terms of scales and networks, degrees and systems, connection and difference."
Art
digital turn
media
Mediation
Online Communities
Social Media
Technology

Narrating Secularism in the Continental Philosophy of Religion: Onishi and the Enduring Consequences of the Secularization Thesis

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If one identifies the secularization thesis as the status quo against which contemporary scholars of religion are to rebel, then even the most critical and generative analysis will leave secularism in a default position of hostility against religion.
Continental Philosophy
enchantment
philosophy of religion
Secularism
Secularization thesis

State Funding for Religious Schools: What the US Supreme Court Should and Likely Will Do in its Espinoza decision

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After Espinoza v Montana, the U.S. commitment to church/state separation, which has been the strongest in the school context, no longer may be assured, writes Martha McCarthy in this week's featured response.
church/state
First Amendment
religion and law
Religious Education
Religious freedom
Supreme Court

A Tacit Case for Autoethnography as a Crucial Research Method for Befuddling Times

"The aims of autoethnography—careful, creative, and responsible deployment of personal narrative as an illuminating force in the study of the cultural and the political—align with those of Onishi’s Straight White American Jesus in his attempt to avoid “reduction and demonization [of evangelicals]” while maintaining “the courage and the audacity to point as critical and unflinching of an eye on what’s happening.”"
autoethnography
Evangelicals
methodology
public scholarship
Reflexivity
research methods
straight white american jesus