Epistemological Sacrifice Zones and the Decolonization of Religion

Decolonization requires changing the politics of academia's knowledge production, argues Tyler M. Tully in this response to Episode 337: Decolonizing the Study of Religion with Malory Nye.
colonialism
Critical theory
decolonial theory
decolonization
Epistemology

On the details of the study of NDEs

On the details of the study of NDEs by Gregory Shushan A Response…
afterlife
Near Death Experiences
pyschology
research methods

Painfully Stripped Away, Painfully Added

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Adam Park's response to episode 330 highlights boxing as a site for identity creation and the legacy of muscular Christianity as two important takeaways of our interview with Arlene Sanchez-Walsh.
christianity
Identity
religion and sports

The African Shaman: Some Qualifications

The African Shaman: Some Qualifications A response to Episode…
indigenous religions
Phenomenology
shamanism
South Africa

Imagining American and Japanese Religious Freedom

A response to Episode 332 Race, Religious Freedom and Empire…
Civil Religion
Japan
Race
Shinto

Religious legislation as a place of religion-making

Religious legislation as a place of religion-making A response…
Empire
Japan
Religious freedom
Shinto

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