Monthly Archives: February 2012

SORAAAD BookNotes with the Bulletin: Courtney Bender, The New Metaphysicals

The New Metaphysicals offers a close ethnographic study of self-identified metaphysical practitioners in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Bender works to provide a detailed portrait of this community, while also opening up new interpretive frames for thinking about “spirituality” as it … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Structuralism: An Interview with Paul-François Tremlett (Part 2)

I interviewed Paul-François Tremlett in early 2012, hoping to draw out some of the links between his 2008 book Lévi-Strauss on Religion: The Structuring Mind (Equinox Publishing) and the relevance of the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss for the contemporary study of … Continue reading

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Liberal Apocalypticism

In an earlier Bulletin post, I discussed briefly the emergence of “Prepper” subculture, that is, largely white, middle-class Americans who, out of a conviction that society stands on the brink of collapse, are stockpiling food, weapons, ammunition, and supplies of … Continue reading

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So You Think You Want to Get a Ph.D.?

[The following editorial was written for my college's student paper, The Thoma; the target audience includes those undergraduate students who think a Ph.D. is just like any other professional credential, who might balk at the amount of work required, and who think … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Structuralism: An Interview with Paul-François Tremlett (Part 1)

I interviewed Paul-François Tremlett in early 2012, hoping to draw out some of the links between his 2008 book Lévi-Strauss on Religion: The Structuring Mind (Equinox Publishing) and the relevance of the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss for the contemporary study of … Continue reading

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Does Religion Need Rescuing? Behold the Knights in Shining Armor!

By Philip L. Tite I recently received the Fall/Winter issue of McGill News, the alumni magazine for McGill University. Although I normally don’t find much in the McGill News of interest (usually I find articles on business or technological advances, … Continue reading

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