Amy Hollywood: Secular Death
If you no longer have those traditions in place, what is it, if anything, that is doing the work of helping us think about death, whether our own or that of others?
Chad Seales: Love and Debt
In American gospel and blues, U2 found its musical authenticity. And from his journey to America, Bono found his love for Africa: the source of his prophetic charisma and religious power.
Brent Crosson: Oil, Obeah and Science
In the contemporary world, scientific evidence is often conflated with proof, producing a science that is closer to the aims of modern theology than experimental practice.
Lisa Sideris: Genesis 2.0
If we seek a “new” religion that valorizes science and exalts human forms of consciousness, the Epic of Evolution fits the bill. But if the goal is to foster ethical sensibilities that encourage reverent and responsible coexistence with the natural world and its myriad beings, the evolutionary epic stands on much shakier ground.
Jeffrey J. Kripal: The Super Natural
Such historical materials certainly dispel any notion that Strieber must be a kook, or that his honest descriptions and dramatic sufferings can somehow be brushed aside as lacking any meaningful content, as anecdotal or anomalous.
Jason Josephson-Storm: Magic Never Vanished
When and how did the myth of disenchantment emerge?
Sarah Rivett: Spirit Matters
To interpret the evidence produced by the convert’s experience, the ministers borrowed from methods rooted in new scientific discoveries and practices to compensate for what could not be known theologically. The methods they employed oscillated between the theological and the natural philosophical.
Anthony Petro: Reforming Sex
Following the release of the 1986 Surgeon General’s Report on AIDS, Koop would embark on a lecture circuit among religious groups to share his message, one that increasingly blurred the lines between the gospel of condoms and the gospel of Jesus, as the surgeon general’s sphere of influence came to encompass that of the itinerant public health preacher.
Durba Mitra: A Primitive Within?
Here, in these theories of society, was a call to patriarchy to prevent the loss of one’s sovereignty, not only over one’s dominion, one’s family and women, but also over the self.
Mara Block: Body Politics in Carolina Blue
A new opera follows a transgender Muslim from Afghanistan to Chapel Hill.
Robert Kett: Science in Latin America and Public Humanities
How can we create products of scholarly work that are not the very closed kinds of argumentation that we primarily see within academic publications? How can scholarly work become an opening, not a closure, to a process of collaborative investigation?
Ahmed Ragab: The Search for Hospitals in Medicine and Religion
If the hospital is indeed a microcosm, and if medicine and religion inside the hospital interacted as they did outside, what reason is there for a history of hospitals?