The Science of Aesthetics: Re-thinking Religion and the Five Percent Nation

The way a person perceives a sensory stimulus may result from that person’s cultural arrangements, suggesting that perception is trained or nurtured... If someone has been taught and surrounded by the belief that a certain sensory stimulus is powerful, then that person will continue to believe it.

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

Where are They Now? Hannah Ciocco

A College Student with a Case of Museum Wanderlust

As a History Major with a minor in Art History and Religious Studies, Elizabethtown College student Hannah Ciocco has found a way to create a project that combined all her interests over the summer. We talk to Hannah about her project and where she is going with it.  Describe the genesis of the project. How … Continue reading Where are They Now? Hannah Ciocco

Locating Value in the Study of Religion

Sowing the Seed is going on break for summer vacation. We have lots of projects in the works to hit the ground running in September. I do have some publications that will be coming out in the next few months which I'll share here. My latest journal article, "Locating Value in the Study of Religion," is … Continue reading Locating Value in the Study of Religion