Tag Archives: Religious Studies

I Do Not Understand American Christendom (2020 Elections)

Now is as good a time to say it as not. I do not understand American Christendom, the underlying goodness and underlying depravity at the base of this majoritarian human phenomenon. I understand the myth of American exceptionalism, freedoms,  and … Continue reading

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(HAZMAT) Haredi Jewish Studies (Coronavirus)

  In the opening months of the viral pandemic, there were posts at sites like the blog run by the Katz Center for Jewish History relating to setting the pandemic in historical and philosophical context. There has been lively back … Continue reading

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Liberal Hot Takes re: Haredi Response to Coronavirus

Asked by a colleague in Religious Studies about the spike of infection rates of coronavirus among Haredi Jews in the fall and around the High Holiday season, and about Haredi response to and backlash re: attempts by government authority to … Continue reading

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(Anthropology of Judaism) Lag Ba’Omer

Touching upon the history and anthropology of Jewish religion, as well as concluding methodological reflections. With many thanks to Joshua Schwartz and Shari Rabin, respectively, for the kindness of sharing their expertise and these two scholarly references re: the pilgrimage … Continue reading

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(Dys-Functionalist Theory of Religion) Lag Ba’Omer Coronavirus (Dying for God)

Going back to Durkheim, sociologists of religion who assume a functionalist interpretation of religion look to religion and ritual as something that brings and holds a society together, regenerates it. A dys-functionalist approach to the study of religion and ritual … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and the Ontological Garden Path in Religious Studies (Robert Orsi & Shaul Magid)

What do we say about empirically false claims that religious faith and practice will protect people from all kinds of ills in this world? For instance the Christian woman who will go to Church, secure in being washed in the … Continue reading

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(A Sketch) Religion & Society (First Things)

(Pompeii Family) Against this nonsense that religion comes first, maybe it comes second. Ornament, not foundation Understanding that religion and society are almost always already there together, distinct, but not separable The following is by way of a heuristic experiment … Continue reading

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(Maimonides) The Difference Between Religious & Secular Is The Difference Between Heaven & Earth (Mishneh Torah)

By way of a little contribution via Maimonides to academic arguments about the existence or non-existence of “religion” and “the secular.” The argument is that the two terms along with the judgment that posits either the difference or separation between … Continue reading

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(Right Size to Survive) Academic Publishing (Jewish Studies & Gary Dunham at Indiana University Press)

I learned this year at the Association for Jewish Studies conference from Gary Dunham, director of Indiana University Press something about academic publishing in today’s market climate. Picking up on a question that a colleague and friend asked him and … Continue reading

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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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