Category Archives: Religion and Society

The Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline Workshop: November 21, 2014, San Diego, CA

Comparison and the Analytical Study of Religion One aspect of Weber’s comparative project that I have found puzzling, however, is the absence of any theorization on his part of the comparative method itself, its historical ontology, its logic, even its … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: Critical Thinking and an Analysis of Wikipedia

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 and … Continue reading

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(Not) In My Name (Israel)

by Zachary Braiterman * This post originally appeared on the author’s blog, Jewish Philosophy Place. A meme going around Jewish left circles has the speaker declare that the State of Israel and/or the war in Gaza and/or the State of … Continue reading

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Islamophobia and Antisemitism

by Tenzan Eaghll In a hundred years from now when historians and scholars of religion look back on the perceptions of Muslims between the later half of the 20th and the first half of the 21st Century I wonder what … Continue reading

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The Problem of the Mystic East

The following post originally appeared in a slightly different form on the author’s personal blog, which can be found here. After having read Robert Orsi’s rather odd essay on “The Problem of the Holy” (in The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies, ed. … Continue reading

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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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Life After Religious Studies: An Interview with Shelly Nixon

  Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of interviews with former scholars of religion who have, for one or another reason, decided to leave the world of academia. In this series we hope to open up a … Continue reading

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