Category: Study of Religion

A ‘View Of Judaism in its Own Terms

Harvard’s trajectory from Christian Hebraism to modern Jewish Studies and one larger-than-life professor critical to the transition. By Jon D. Levenson

The Fog of Religious Conflict

Eleven reflections on religious and ethnic conflict, drawing on the author’s formative experience living through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. By David N. Hempton

Diversity Troubles

Privileged members of academia need to go further to challenge the structures that support prejudice and domination. By Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

Christianity Becomes Unfamiliar

As Christianity’s center of gravity shifts, the emerging field of world Christianity is changing the study of world religions. By Devaka Premawardhana

Patterns from Particularities

Jean DeBernardi’s The Way That Lives in the Heart: Chinese Popular Religion and Spirit Mediums in Penang, Malaysia and Leor Halevi’s Muhammad’s Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society. by Steven P. Hopkins

New Bridges across Old Divides

Ann Taves’s Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building-Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things. By Scott Appleby

Acts of Devotion

A writer’s encounter with iconography in Patmos, Greece, challenges commonly accepted ideas about artistic originality and intention. By D. Y. Béchard

Theorizing Closer to Home

The primal fault in social and religious theory can be overcome if scholars restore the people of their inquiries to their real lives and environments. By Robert A. Orsi

Teach the Text in Contexts

In Jewish-Christian relations, improvement due to new scholarship is imperiled by old dangers. By Jon D. Levenson

From Periphery to Center

The growing influence of Pentecostalism in Africa is enhancing a debate about authenticity and legitimation, and is transforming secular states. By Simeon O. Ilesanmi

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