The Sacred & Profane: Buddhism and Science, Gold’s Gym and Scientology, Jesus and Yoga

Buddhism and Science: Problems and Perils My colleague at Emory, Kenny Smith, compares the function of authenticity in Scientology and Gold's Gym Apparently, most U.S. pastors don't think Obama is a Christian...or Glenn Beck, for that matter. Stephen Prothero asks who owns Jesus and Yoga. I wonder when religions became a matter of ownership.

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Shariah-Approved Sex Aids, Abstinence-Only Goes to China, and Abercrombie Hijab…The Week in Religion, Poetically

Ramadan is not only a time for fasting, it’s also a time for the best television around the Muslim world. A television serial in Egypt has stirred controversy: The Group explores the world of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest opposition movement. Similarly, a Syrian serial, What Your Right Hand Possess (it sounds better in Arabic) has drawn … Continue reading Shariah-Approved Sex Aids, Abstinence-Only Goes to China, and Abercrombie Hijab…The Week in Religion, Poetically

William James and the Divorce Between Science and Religion

Cross Posted at Religion in American History William James has always interested me because I've often wondered why his brand of knowledge production never took off. Jonathan Rée has a great piece on William James that I found thanks to Ralph E. Luker.  As a whole, the article is a thoughtful review of James' life … Continue reading William James and the Divorce Between Science and Religion