Dan Brown’s “Origin” and the Art(ifcial) of Religion

In this series, "Sensations of Religion," students from Dr. Richard Newton introductory religion class explore the difference people make with "stuff" in discourses pertaining to religion.  The first piece in our series questions author Dan Brown's claim that artificial intelligence may supersede religion's facility for connecting individuals. Elizabethtown College student E. Rider Brandau suggests that … Continue reading Dan Brown’s “Origin” and the Art(ifcial) of Religion

ICYMI: On Kings and Trump Cards

A student asked me the other day whether King's legacy is something to be given up since it can be used for contrary ends. My piece doesn't answer this with a clear answer. I do hope that it leaves readers asking that question. To me that question is a prior step to ruthlessly careful and self-conscious criticism.

On J. Z. Smith and the Remarkable

A start of a new year, the ominous weather forecast, the beginning of yet another semester...if this moment is anything, it is one where we can signify our resolve by any number of means. And in that unremarkable fact, we might ask how and why such moments become remarkable. Currently many students of religion are … Continue reading On J. Z. Smith and the Remarkable

#AARSBL17: Skin in the Game–Racing the Stakes of Student-Scholarship

This weekend, Dr. Richard Newton will be at the annual meetings of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature to share some of his work on pedagogy. Whether you're there physically or keeping up from afar, we'll bring you updates from the field here at Sowing the … Continue reading #AARSBL17: Skin in the Game–Racing the Stakes of Student-Scholarship