Monthly Archives: November 2019

Is There a Jewish Problem in Religious Studies & at the AAR?

The place of Judaism and Jews, in their tiny little corner in the study of Religion and at the AAR has been a running question as old as the AAR itself about which a little history could be written, and … Continue reading

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(Temple Society of Concord) The Essence of Judaism is Architecture (Syracuse)

Undergraduates at Syracuse, and elsewhere I supposed, gravitate to Abraham Geiger and Reform Judaism when we pull up to the modern period in my introduction to Judaism. They like the individualistic voluntarism that they associate with liberalism and which they … Continue reading

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A word that moves me: Affect

Originally posted on affecognitive:
Our faculty colloquium this fall asked colleagues to select one word that motivates our work in religion (teaching, scholarship, or both). My word, unsurprisingly, was affect. These are my remarks: In turning to the noun, affect,…

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Affective Partisanship & Ideological Partisanship (Theories of Religion Redux)

[h/t Joshua Garoon] This op-ed by Thomas Edsall here in the NYT about the relationship between group partisanship and ideology on the other hand, which driving which, reminds me of arguments in theories of religion going back to Marx-Durkheim and Weber; … Continue reading

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