Michael Graziano

Michael Graziano is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Religion Department at Florida State University. His interests include American religious history, religion and law, and theory and method in the study of religion. His dissertation examines the relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency and religious institutions during the Cold War.

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New Religious Movements and Contemporary Discourses About Religion

Increased attention to religion by international governments and NGOs has not necessarily resulted in less problematic models of religion being used by these governments and groups. As I listened to Susan Palmer’s RSP interview and read about her new co-authored book (with Stuart A. Wright) Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities (2015), I was reminded why NRMs make such useful case studies in the religious studies classroom. From a pedagogical perspective, ...

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