Justice, Bin Laden, and American Civil Religion

As I sat on my couch scanning Twitter and listening to the President describe the killing of Osama Bin Laden, I realized that this was a high moment in American civil religion. Thanks to a couple colleagues here at Emory and our writing group, I've had civil religion on the brain lately. As the president … Continue reading Justice, Bin Laden, and American Civil Religion

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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

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

NIMBY Mosques and the Taxonomies of Religion in America

Cross-posted at the Religion in American History Blog In case you missed it, there are plans to build a mosque in New York two blocks from the the site of World Trade Center attack.  The proposed mosque has ignited a variety of discourses about religion in American culture.  Opponents of the mosque have various reasons for … Continue reading NIMBY Mosques and the Taxonomies of Religion in America

Power, Authority, and the Academic Journal: Thoughts on UC vs. NPG

Why do we need academic journals? In the midst of the ongoing dispute between the University of California system and the Nature Publishing Group over the rates of science journals, I've been wondering what exactly is the function of the academic journal? I see two.  First, journals like those published by NPG function to distribute … Continue reading Power, Authority, and the Academic Journal: Thoughts on UC vs. NPG