Category Archives: Nathan Rein

Laptops and theory in the Religious Studies classroom

Do you let your students bring their laptops to class? Personally, I’m torn. I love gadgets and hate to sound like a Luddite, but most of the research I’ve seen — not to mention my own experience — suggests that … Continue reading

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“Because he is Jewish he can talk smack about other Jews”

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that the weirdest religion news story you missed last month was the so-called ”Jewish scandal that wasn’t” (as it was labeled by the National Post of Toronto). Here’s the scenario: … Continue reading

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Picture Book: Rick Perry at The Response

If you follow the U.S. Republican presidential candidates, you’ll remember that back in early August of this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry addressed a large prayer meeting in Houston’s Reliant Center. The event, called “The Response: A Call to Prayer … Continue reading

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Theological punctuation?

What do you think? Clever use of punctuation to make a pithy, postmodern, metatheological comment? Or something else? Via The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. UPDATE: If anyone’s curious, this appears to be the Ellis Theatre in Perryton, Texas. A … Continue reading

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"I was like, dude, you HAVE no Qur'an"

Stop me if you heard this one. A guy walks into a park in Texas with a Qur’an, a lighter, and a can of kerosene, and, well – — nothing happens. Nothing that anyone expected, anyway. In a gloomy week … Continue reading

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Afterlife beliefs and the weather: Japan's heat wave means the haunted-house business is booming

According to this piece from the Malaysian Insider, it’s customary in Japan to visit “ghost houses” (obake yashiki, or haunted houses) during the summer. This is because, when it’s hot outside, you want to go somewhere where you’ll feel a … Continue reading

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Welcome, from the blog janitor

Greetings, and thanks for visiting the Religion Bulletin blog site. I’m Nathan Rein. I teach religious studies at Ursinus College, a small but much-beloved institution in Collegeville, PA, and by training I’m a historian of the Protestant Reformation. I also … Continue reading

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