Tag Archives: religion

Huston Smith (LSD & Religion)

Is there a future for religion without it? Confirming a long held suspicion of mine about the impact of LSD on the emergence of religion/spirituality in the postwar period in the United States is the sheer amount of attention given … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Revolutionary Love at the AAR (Laura Levitt)

This year the theme at the American Academy of Religion took a robust theological turn, focused on “revolutionary love.” Does such a rubric make room for non-Christians? Is the AAR losing its way? Responding to a keynote address by Michelle … Continue reading

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Mineral (Inorganic Purple)

Correct me if I’m wrong but this big purple slab of quartz is an Amethyst crystal. It’s in the Hall of Minerals at the Museum of Natural History. It sits there, strangely illuminated in the dark, illuminated from an external … Continue reading

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(Syracuse) Job Announcement (American Religion & Critical Theory)

The Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Religion to begin August 2017. We seek a colleague who works on contemporary religion on … Continue reading

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Sausage Party & Gnostic Techno Religion

(SPOILER ALERT!) It seems like there’s no way to shake off religion in popular American film, even at its most impious and irreligious. The narrative sense of a satisfactory end won’t allow for it. Sausage Party could have concluded this … Continue reading

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(Seeing Things & Apparitions) Rachel Harrison (The Spiritual in Contemporary Art)

Perth Amboy touches upon seeing, material culture, and the supernatural. At things concrete or apparitional, everyone is looking at something –the friend of Barbie in a wheelchair, the Indian chief, the Chinese sage, the visitors, of whom one can see … Continue reading

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Hallucinogenic Religion (Bruce Conner)

A couple of weeks ago at It’s All True, the Bruce Conner show at MOMA. Conner was an interesting figure in  San Francisco in the late 1950s and 1960s. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, religion pops up, on view as hallucinatory and trance-like, saturated … Continue reading

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