Tag Archives: Durkheim

Death by Area Studies

by Aaron W. Hughes and Randi R. Warne A worrying trend is gaining momentum in the academic study of religion.  There appears to us to be an increasing tendency toward filling professorial vacancies with individuals with PhDs in area studies … Continue reading

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On the Return of the Savages

by Craig Martin The New York Times recently reviewed Jared Diamond’s new book on “tribal” societies, The World Until Yesterday. Among other things—according to the review—we learn: The people Diamond describes seem immersed in the collective. We generally don’t see them … Continue reading

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Religion and Cartoons: Nina Paley, Durkheim, Politics

By Donovan Schaefer Nina Paley, who first came to my attention with her 2008 film Sita Sings the Blues, has released an animated short entitled “This Land Is Mine,” a prelude to a possible new feature length work tentatively called  … Continue reading

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On the Myth of Religious Violence: An Interview with William T. Cavanaugh

William T. Cavanaugh is Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Cavanaugh is a well-published theologian; his works include Torture and Eucharist (1998), Theopolitical Imagination (2003), and Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire (2008). His most recent … Continue reading

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Nationalist Hierophanies

One semester in REL 101 I told students that I would perform a “ritual” with them, whereby I would make “the Sacred” manifest itself. My ritual supplies included a bowl of water, a glue stick, a lighter, and some square, rectangular, … Continue reading

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Rhetoric, Rites and Repentance: Some Thoughts on the Chris Hayes Affair

By Matt Sheedy On the Memorial Day Weekend edition of his show, Up with Chris Hayes, the MSNBC host posed a question that is rarely asked on mainstream television: when speaking of war and remembrance, what does the word “hero” … Continue reading

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More than Belief: An Interview with Manuel A. Vásquez (Part 2)

(This is part 2 of a 3 part interview with Manuel A. Vásquez about his recent book, More than Belief; see part 1 here.) Craig Martin: As someone who is similarly theory-minded, I want to introduce theory at the undergraduate … Continue reading

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