For all our talk of religion being a human endeavor, we are unaccountably unaccustomed to thinking of it as one; we treat it as an abstract phenomenon that can be subjected to a passably “objective” study, like thermodynamics or photosynthesis.
There is the perception that critical scholarship will not get a fair hearing, and there is a perception that theological or confessional scholarship is incapable of being fair.
Calls for papers
Journal: Open Theology
Special issue: Alternative Religiosities in the Soviet Union and the Communist
East-Central Europe: Formations, Resistances and Manifestations
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Journal: Culture and Society: Journal of Social Research
Special issue: Religion and Belief in the Public Sphere of Eastern Europe
Deadline: February 28, 2016
Conference: ISASR: Religion and Revolution
June 16–17, 2016
We are pleased to bring you this week’s opportunities digest and would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has submitted calls for papers, event notifications, job vacancies, etc. On that note, we would also like to encourage you to continue to do so (and invite those who remain hesitant to begin)!
It is super easy
In this hard-hitting report, Alex Uzdavines reflects on the highs and lows of his recent experience at the American Psychological Association Division 36 Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 2015 Mid-Year Conference hosted by Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, United States on March 20th and 21st 2015.
“Is it necessary, helpful even, to only study religion if you are not religious? Does the secular scholar of, say Hinduism, stand to be a better scholar than another with the same training but who happens to personally be Hindu? Does having a personal involvement in the group that one is studying assist one in understanding Otto’s numinous?”
The inspiration for this episode came from one of Russell McCutcheon’s works which we had encountered through the undergraduate Religious Studies programme at the University of Edinburgh, entitled ‘Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion’. The result is this compilation of differing opinions and interpretations of key terms from eight top scholars from a variety of disciplines on how academics should position themselves in relation to the groups and individuals that they study. We thought it would be an excellent idea to invite Russell to respond to the opinions of the other scholars in this podcast. Enjoy.
In Saecula Saeculorum: Reflecting on the Age/Aeon in light of the Cappadocian Fathers
By Mario Baghos, St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College and University of Sydney
Published by the Religious Studies Project, on 23 May 2012 in response to the Religious Studies Project
The Merits of Hybrid Theology
By Gemma Gall, University of Edinburgh
Published by the Religious Studies Project, on 10 February 2012 in response to the Religious Studies Project Interview with Donald Wiebe on the relationship between Religious Studies and Theology (6 February 2012).
The work of Donald Wiebe is not entirely alien to
If only opportunities like this came up more often! Best of luck to anyone who applies…
Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds is currently advertising 4 academic posts. Further details and information about how to apply can be obtained by following the links below.
Chair in the Study of
It is generally accepted – at least as far as most academics are concerned – that there is a distinct difference between religious studies and theology. As you shall see from this interview, however, things are much more complicated, and Professor Wiebe is particularly qualified to present his own take on the relationship between these two distinct disciplines.