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Special Issue of “Humor and Religion”

The following is the editorial introduction to the most recent issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (42.3, September 2013), written by co-editor, Kelly Baker. We offer this here in order to give readers of the blog a sense … Continue reading

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Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 42.3 (September 2013)

The September issue of the Bulletin has been published and is available in both print and electronic versions. Below is the table of contents of this issue. This issue focuses on the topic of religion and humor. We have a … Continue reading

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Templeton and the Dalai Lama

By Craig Martin The AAR just announced that the Dalai Lama will be speaking at their 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago as part of a Templeton event: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader whose long-standing engagement … 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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Identity or Affiliation: To Share or Not to Share?

I want to pose a question to professors in religious studies: do you share your “religious” identity or affiliation (or disaffiliation) with students? Why or why not? Have you had positive of negative experiences as a result of sharing? I … Continue reading

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Priming Students for Seeing White Privilege

Here’s a trick I use—which seems to work—in order to prime students to be predisposed to looking for rather than dismissing white privilege when I talk about race in my REL 101 course. I introduce the topic by pointing out … Continue reading

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Why Would They Do It If They Don’t Believe?

The idea that “belief” is at the center of those institutions and cultural practices we typically identify as “religious” is highly problematic. It’s an ongoing struggle to disrupt this common (Protestant) assumption in the classroom. To illustrate the gap between … Continue reading

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