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The War on Christmas, Affect, and the Closet of Disbelief: Postsecular Atheisms, Part 1

by Donovan Schaefer Atheist interfaith activist and author of the memoir Faitheist Chris Stedman appeared two weeks ago on Fox News for an interview with right-wing commentator Bill O’Reilly.  O’Reilly’s topic was the “War on Christmas,” an annual theme of … Continue reading

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Our Peculiar Institution: American Protestantism, Shame, and McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (film review essay)

by Donovan Schaefer Warning: Spoilers but you kind of already know what happens Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is mandatory viewing for Americans, unblinkingly revisiting a crucial and painful chapter in US history and helping to flesh out the … 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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“I Like When They Stay Standing Up”: Embodied Ethics, Part 1

 by Donovan Schaefer Embodied ethics is a heading to explore case studies in which the traditional liberal view of ethics as a set of choices made by rational, autonomous agents seems to be blurred or disrupted.  Furthermore, embodied ethics may … Continue reading

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Affect, Tactics, and Islamophobia

Yesterday, Matt Sheedy posted an analysis of this short documentary clip posted on nytimes.com in December by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (perhaps best known for their 2006 documentary feature, Jesus Camp), showing demonstrators drowning out an anti-Islam sermon delivered … Continue reading

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Masks of Fear: IDF and Hamas

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a mutual hostage-taking.  Without lapsing into the myth of parity, it is safe to say that there is an ongoing and systematic deployment of fear and violence designed to immobilize, destroy, and control bodies on both … Continue reading

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