Category Archives: Donovan Schaefer

Blackfish: The Misbehavior of Compassion (Embodied Ethics, Part 2)

by Donovan Schaefer An introduction to the embodied ethics series can be found at this link. Gabriela Cowperthwaite‘s documentary Blackfish casts a light on the plight of captive killer whales in North American marine parks. The spine of the film … Continue reading

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Religion as Little Something: Kathleen Stewart’s Ordinary Affects (Theory & Religion Series)

by Donovan Schaefer * This post is the first in a new feature with the Bulletin where contributors are asked to discuss a book or essay by a particular theorist that they have found useful in their teaching and research … Continue reading

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Theses on Guns, Apocalypticism, and American Religion

by Donovan Schaefer “When freedom shivers in the cold shadow of true peril, it’s always the patriots who first hear the call. When loss of liberty is looming–as it is now– The siren sounds first, in the hearts of freedom’s … Continue reading

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Defining Postsecularism: A Response

by Donovan Schaefer In response to a question from a colleague, I asked a small group of scholars working on issues of secularism and secularity how they would define postsecularism, postsecular, or the postsecular (hereafter just “postsecularism”). Their responses are posted at these links … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: Defining Postsecularism, Part 1

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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Partisan Science: Evolution and Creation in Postsecular American Politics

by Donovan Schaefer A recent Pew Research Center poll explored correlations between political party identification and beliefs about the origins of species in the U.S. The poll found that self-identified Republicans are the most likely to reject evolutionary accounts of human origins–whether … Continue reading

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Post-Atheism and Deconstruction: Postsecular Atheisms, Part 2

by Donovan Schaefer Gary Gutting: So the distinction that saves you from contradiction is this: Beliefs contain faith in the sense that, in the world, beliefs are where we find faith concretely expressed; but any given faith can be expressed … Continue reading

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