Not Theology, but Authority: Rob Bell and the Evangelical Institutional Establishment

Note: Originally posted at State of Formation The criticism of Rob Bell's Love Wins is not about theology. It is all about authority. In case you missed the hubbub surrounding Rob Bell's book, Love Wins, I point you to Sara Staely's post where she outlines John Piper and the neo-Calvinist establishment's response to the book. She sums up … Continue reading Not Theology, but Authority: Rob Bell and the Evangelical Institutional Establishment

Tough Academics and Fragile Politicians

It's funny cuz it's true. Second, the Republicans seem remarkably fragile. A professor writing a blog post gives them the shivers. It’s a good thing they chose politics, and not the kind of career where the going can really get rough. Professors, for example, teach their hearts out to surly adolescents who call them boring … Continue reading Tough Academics and Fragile Politicians

Review: American Veda by Philip Goldberg

While I was traveling over the last few days, Religion Dispatches published a review I wrote of Philp Goldberg's American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West. Here's a bit of it: A Methodist church near my house advertises for “Gentle Yoga Classes” on one of those … Continue reading Review: American Veda by Philip Goldberg

Twitter is Too Cool for School

Twitter is shutting down the development of any more 3rd party client apps. Has Twitter gone to the cool kids? Maybe Twitter's not really for free-form posting anymore though. Maybe what Twitter leadership really wants is to create a Hollywood-glossy, TV-comfy place for "mainstream users" to read Tweets from famous people and big media brands. … Continue reading Twitter is Too Cool for School

But Could You Vote For THIS Mormon?

Politico reports that the NAE is trying to make nice with Mormons and that this is good news for Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstman: The National Association of Evangelicals is holding its semiannual board meeting in Salt Lake City on Thursday — the first time the group has met in Utah. The association chose to … Continue reading But Could You Vote For THIS Mormon?

Reagan Religion

Tenured Radical is spending time at the Reagan Library: I say in all seriousness:  if you are too focused on your own authority as a historian you will learn nothing from the people who love history and are out there practicing it beyond our scrutiny.  For example, I learn a great deal when I ask … Continue reading Reagan Religion

The Colonial Roots of Modern Yoga

Wendy Doniger reviews Mark Singleton's Yoga Body: The Origin of Modern Posture Practice (Oxford, 2010): Contemporary postural yoga was invented in India in the nineteenth century. This is Singleton’s most provocative assertion. He argues that a transnational, anglophone yoga arose at this time, compounded of the unlikely mix of British bodybuilding and physical culture, American … Continue reading The Colonial Roots of Modern Yoga

When Grading Graduate Student Papers, Kick Ass and Leave Comments

This is exactly what I liked seeing from professors on my papers: So the graduate paper deserves extensive comments, like those of a peer-reviewed article. I just write about a single-spaced page outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the paper. Everything is fair game, from the format and prose-style to the substance of the argument. … Continue reading When Grading Graduate Student Papers, Kick Ass and Leave Comments