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Nationalist Myths, National Realities

by Matt Sheedy While much of the world is aware that today is America’s “birthday,” in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, considerably fewer know that “Canada Day” was celebrated this past Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Aronofsky’s Noah and Ours’

by Matt Sheedy Not since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ has a biblical-themed film garnered so much attention, spurring a wave of commentary from supporters and detractors on one or the other (or the other) side of the … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Remains: Teaching Multiple Jesi

by Kate Daley-Bailey Motivated by not a little shameless self-promotion and a pseudo-masochistic desire for undergraduate feedback on my work, I ventured to present my Introduction to Religious Thought class with a ‘Jesus’ with which they are entirely unfamiliar, the … Continue reading

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Oh, the Humanity…

by Russell McCutcheon * This post appeared recently on the Culture on the Edge blog and is part of an on-going conversation on the scholarly use and meaning of the term “data.” Culture on  the Edge also addressed this question here … Continue reading

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Definitions are Never Innocent

by Kate Daley-Bailey Russell McCutcheon’s recent post from Culture on the Edge blog has me contemplating definitions. The way that descriptions, encoded in definitions, tacitly reproduce theories, sets of interests, and ways of prioritizing, paying attention & ignoring, is pretty evident in the … Continue reading

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Religious “Expression”?

Some scholars of religion talk as if cultural stuff—icons, myths, rituals, practices, ideologies, discourses, etc.—allows practitioners to “express” themselves, their religious beliefs, or simply their “religion.” Other scholars talk as if the use of this cultural stuff has the effect … Continue reading

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“You Can’t Reason with a Crazy Person”: The Un-politics of American political discourse

By James Dennis LoRusso Were you to travel one segment of the Eisenhower Expressway in Illinois this morning, you might discover a curious billboard.  The display features a mugshot of Ted Kaczynski, the self-confessed “Unabomber,” coupled with the question, “I … Continue reading

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