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Defining Religion

Martin Riesebrodt, The Promise of Salvation: A Theory of Religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

One of the biggest problems with Religious Studies as a discipline is that most scholars aren’t quite sure what religion is. 1,118 more words

Religious Speculation and the Belief/Discipline complex

It would take too long to thoroughly rehearse it here (though I have addressed it elsewhere), but the anthropology of religion is dominated by two threads. 1,066 more words

The Matter Of The Gods

This essay by Jonathan Woolley is among the great works published in A Beautiful ResistanceEverything We Already Are, available in print or digital. 3,917 more words

Paganism

Poetry at the Post: Mediated Phenomena and a Grapefruit Too!

Meditation on a Grapefruit
BY CRAIG ARNOLD
To wake when all is possible
before the agitations of the day
have gripped you

Call for Papers… 285 more words

Poetry

  Do we need to re-think the meaning of Tradition ?

In International Relations, Development theory as well as cultural analysis, often one hears that ‘tradition’ ideas are evil, and must be gotten rid of, on our way to ‘modernity.’ Indeed, if one looks at the development of the West, on is way to Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries, much of the tension was between ‘tradition,’ exemplified by the Church and ‘modern’ ideas, that were ‘secular,’ ‘modern’ and ‘progressive.’ Especially, in liberal, progressive circles, tradition is a taboo word; that connotes backwardness, illiteracy and a lack of ability to ‘move with the times.’ 757 more words

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