Category Archives: A.T. Coates

Book review: John Lardas Modern, Secularism in Antebellum America

By A.T. Coates Steam engines. Conversions. Inmates. Tracts. Networks. Vibrations. A white whale. John Lardas Modern’s exciting book on antebellum secularism winds through Moby-Dick, evangelical print culture, spiritualism, phrenology, anthropology, prison reform, and concludes with a brief discussion of “fucking … Continue reading

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Ways of Seeing: On the Role of Images in “Religious” Violence

By A.T. Coates Haven’t we seen this before? When the so-called “Danish Cartoon Controversy” sparked protests around the world in 2005, American media outlets spoke vaguely and often about how the image offended “Muslim beliefs.” Seven years later, and again … Continue reading

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