Scriptures and Roots in Postscripts

Over in Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds, I have an article that has gone to press. It's called "Reading Alex Haley's Roots: Toward an Anthropology of Scriptures."

Thoughts on the State of our Disunion

Today, we can speak casually of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Many of us are not required to think about, really think about, the effects of three hundred-plus years of “writing on backs” that lead to the movement. We are removed from the economic realities and social injustices that lit the fire for that movement. Anyone who has not had to come to terms with the persistence of that writing on the backs is not likely to feel the sense of urgency that racism in this country ought to stir in all of us.

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,”… but probably reflecting a specific context.

I am not so much interested in what religions exist in Star Wars but why they may be there and why we read the “texts” the way we do. Although space is a vacuum, Star Wars was not constructed there. Instead it was constructed in a context that influenced Lucas and the rest of the moviemakers.

Christianity Before and After Charleston

...one of the most vivid accounts of baptism in the Black Church tradition while contextualizing the role of race and Christianity in American life.

Religious Studies LLC and The Question of Canon

 Have you ever asked yourself what you need to read to join an academic conversation? The American Academy of Religion has compiled a recommended reading list. The suggestions come from chairs of the guild's program units (i.e. sub-fields). They have recommended two to five books which they consider influential, pivotal, seminal, or otherwise important publications in … Continue reading Religious Studies LLC and The Question of Canon