Tag Archives: J.Z. Smith

Differentiating Fields

by Craig Martin S. Brent Plate’s recent post at Religion Dispatches suggests that when it comes to religious studies, scholars are, in a sense, both insiders and outsiders at the same time. He comes to this conclusion through a comparison of the … 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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It’s Cold as *$#%! How Cold? Colder than Mars!

by Matt Sheedy Talk about the unusually cold weather in North America (U.S. and Canadian parts, that is) is all the rage of late in mainstream and social media, what with record cold in the Southern U.S., thousands of cancelled flights, and … Continue reading

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Speaking to Outsiders: Can Our Theory Make a Bigger Bang?

by Natasha L. Mikles Every year during November and December, I find myself confronting a very particular problem—one which I am sure is familiar to all of my colleagues, but one we rarely ever discuss: how to explain what we … Continue reading

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Why “Atheism” Matters

by Douglas E. Cowan * The follow is a summary post of Dr. Cowan’s article appearing in the recent issues of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion on “Humor and Religion.” Many readers may be surprised by an article … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: On the Uses of “Data,” Part 1

Religion Snapshots is a new 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 … Continue reading

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Parodies, the paranormal, and para-academics

by Joseph Laycock * This post is a creative summary of the author’s essay that appears in the latest issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion 42.3 (September 2013), entitled “Laughing Matters: ‘Parody Religions’ and the Command to Compare.” … Continue reading

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