Engines of Change and Chronology in American Religious History

Cross-posted from Religion in American History While we are all aflutter over this weekends' American Academy of Religion, I would ask us to take a moment and turn our attention to another scholarly society--the American Society of Church History. Earlier this month the ASCH launched its very own blog that is open to contributions from … Continue reading Engines of Change and Chronology in American Religious History

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

What theories and theorists guide your work?

The Religion in American History Blog has a discussion question on their Facebook page about theories that guide scholars work.  Kelly Baker asked, "How do you all approach American Religious History? What methods, theories or theorists guide your work?" I posted an answer there but I thought I'd copy it here as well. What about … Continue reading What theories and theorists guide your work?

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

Burning Man, Green Acre, and Ritual in U.S. Religious History (Cross-Post))

This is a cross-post from the Religion in American History Blog. This morning I came across an interview with Lee Gilmore at Religion Dispatches where she discusses her new bookTheater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man (UC Press).  The full interview deserves a read, especially the story of how she came upon … Continue reading Burning Man, Green Acre, and Ritual in U.S. Religious History (Cross-Post))

Know Your [Digital] Archives

I have  a new blog post up over at the Religion In American History Blog entitled "Know Your [Digital] Archives" that comments on the Making of America Collection at Cornell/U-Michigan and the 19th Century Schoolbooks Collection at U. of Pitt.