Category Archives: Philip L. Tite

Rethinking Gnostic Intellectuals? Categories as Weapons and History as Construct

By Philip L. Tite A few weeks ago, Larry Hurtado posted on the question as to whether the ancient Gnostics were or were not intellectuals. Hurtado claimed that they were not, that what the Gnostics wrote was not intelligent discourse, … Continue reading

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A Duck, A Giraffe, and A Package Called “Religion”

by Philip L. Tite A data-driven giraffe walks into a store run by a theory-driven duck. The giraffe turns to the duck and orders an object for purchase as a present for her research assistant. “We only deal in discourses … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk “Religion”: A Politically and Culturally Embedded Product

By Philip L. Tite The following is the editorial introduction to the most recent issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (43.1, February 2014). We offer this introduction here in order to give readers of the Bulletin’s blog a sense … Continue reading

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Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 43.1 (February 2014)

The February issue of the Bulletin has been published and is available in both print and electronic versions. Below is the table of contents of this issue, which includes a set of papers marking the twentieth anniversary of Talal Asad’s … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Pope, Or How the Vatican Stole Easter

By Philip L. Tite On February 5 Mirco Della Vecchia, an artist who specializes in chocolate art, presented a life-size statue of Pope Francis to the Pontiff. According to media coverage, this was a labor of love produced by the … Continue reading

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Teaching Beyond the World Religions Paradigm?

By Philip L. Tite Currently I am teaching an undergraduate course, Introductions to Western Religions. This introductory course (along with its companion course, Introduction to Eastern Religions) is a common one in universities across North America. These are the basic … Continue reading

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“The Zombies Are Coming!” An Interview with Kelly J. Baker on the Zombie Apocalypse

By Philip L. Tite Recently, our colleague here at the Bulletin, Kelly Baker, published a short ebook entitled, The Zombies Are Coming! The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Bondfire Books, 2013). In this readable and engaging book, … Continue reading

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