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

Real Talk: Should I be Proposing Conference Paper(s)

Real Talk is our new professional development series. We discuss the things that'll make you a better teacher-scholar. If you have a question or want to share your own thoughts, message our curator. Dear Professor Newton, The Call for Papers is out for the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings. … Continue reading Real Talk: Should I be Proposing Conference Paper(s)

“Better Know a Religion Blog” and “The State of the Study of Religion”

  Looking to add some substantial religious studies scholarship to your blog diet? The North American Association for the Study of Religion has you covered with their fantastic new series, "Better Know a Religion Blog." This has been a great way for us to keep track of what our colleagues are doing in the field. Last … Continue reading “Better Know a Religion Blog” and “The State of the Study of Religion”

Whither the Study of Religion and Culture?

By definition, students are committed to forming an awareness of these constructions. Do they have to abandon using the term? No. But they should think carefully about what they intend by doing so, especially when trying to convey their observations, questions, and arguments to others.