Sathya Sai Baba international Indian guru dies at age 88.

Sathya Sai Baba, a South Indian guru with devotees around the world, died Sunday morning at the age of 88. The AP reports: Hindu guru Sathya Sai Baba, worshipped as a god by millions of followers worldwide, died Sunday morning in a hospital near his southern Indian ashram. He was 86. Sai Baba had spent … Continue reading Sathya Sai Baba international Indian guru dies at age 88.

What you think you know about church and state in America and why it’s wrong

David Sehat gives us five myths about church and state in America: 1. The Constitution has always protected religious freedom. 2. The founders’ faith matters. 3. Christian conservatives have only recently taken over politics. 4. America is more secular than it used to be. 5. Liberals are anti-religious. Read the whole piece to see how he defends … Continue reading What you think you know about church and state in America and why it’s wrong

Is there a difference between ideology and religion?

The U.S. Intellectual History blog has an interesting guest post from Corey Washington on "After Ideology." Here's a bit: There is good scientific evidence that political reasoning is based on innate, non-rational principles. Nevertheless, the fact that people reason so badly about politics is striking given that people are intelligent and believe strongly that it … Continue reading Is there a difference between ideology and religion?

The Dissertation Proposal: Hinduism and the Boundaries of Nineteenth Century American Culture

Two weeks ago I successfully defended my dissertation proposal. I thought it might be worthwhile to share an abridged version so anyone interested might get a sense of what this project is shaping up to be. I'd love to hear feedback and suggestions. In this abridged version I've cut out the literature review. “This extensive … Continue reading The Dissertation Proposal: Hinduism and the Boundaries of Nineteenth Century American Culture

Sharia Myths

Adam Serwer summarizes a new report that debunks the myths underlying conservative panics over sharia. In short, sharia is not like Biblical law or the Ten Commandments and it is not a threat to the United States. But the sharia panic that is driving state legislatures to try and criminalize Islam, and making GOP presidential candidates … Continue reading Sharia Myths