To be clear, I'm not against statistics. We can qualify "religion." We can quantify "religion." But words and numbers represent human relationships (and thus, politics). Religious studies is about striving to see them more clearly. The discipline doesn't have a monopoly on this. But it is our intellectual burden, and we take it seriously.
On February 16, I had the pleasure of thinking aloud at Hamilton College. And a what great place to be! In the morning I guest taught in Brent Rodriguez-Plate's course, Religious Diversity in the USA. We looked at The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley as a pilgrimage journal. This was especially … Continue reading Talking Malcolm, Haley, and Bible at Hamilton College
This project examines the role “Nazareth” plays in the ideology of the Church of the Nazarene. In the early days of the movement, Nazareth signifies a critique of Methodist bureaucratic lethargy. But in the movement's latter history, Nazareth becomes a rallying point for the denomination's members to live up to a broader commitment to Evangelical … Continue reading Excavating the Significance of Nazareth Via the Church of the Nazarene