Category Archives: Religion in the News

That “Dirty Little Coward” Rob(ert) Ford

by Matt Sheedy Some will no doubt recognize the title of this post as a nod to “the man who shot Jesse James,” Robert Ford, whose reputation as a “dirty little coward” was immortalized in folk songs and made popular … Continue reading

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Definitive Descriptions in the Study of Religion and the Doniger Controversy

by Steven Ramey The responses to Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, whose publisher (Penguin, India) is withdrawing the book in India to settle a criminal lawsuit over offending religious sentiments, raise a whole host of issues. Scholars … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: How to Make Sense of ‘Religious’ Language, Part 2

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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Religion Snapshots: How to Make Sense of ‘Religious’ Language, 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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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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Making Cents

* This post originally appeared on the University of Alabama’s Studying Religion in Culture blog. by Russell McCutcheon Every now and then you hear about a really large, anonymous tip that’s been left for a server — here’s a story (including … Continue reading

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Non-theism and the “Nones”: Four Scholars Weigh-In, Part 2

This is part two of a two-part special with the Bulletin featuring religion scholars Joseph Blankholm, Donovan Schaefer, Monica Miller and Steven Ramey on the topic of the “Nones.” In part 1, Blankholm and Schaefer respond to a 2013 American Academy of Religion (AAR) … Continue reading

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