Religious Theory is the commentary, review, and conversation blog for The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory.
Religious Theory differs from the journal itself insofar as it offers timely and relatively brief articles and forms of opinion and analysis in an easily updated web format. In addition, the editors at Religious Theory are looking especially for commentary on issues that cutting-edge, current and in the public eye, although we prefer submissions that have a minimal level of academic interest and theoretical sophistication.
Neither Religious Theory nor JCRT publishes what are in effect term papers or portions of theses or dissertations, religious advocacy or apologetical pieces, sermons, letters, curricular or pedagogical materials, etc. We reserve the right to decline to publish anything for reasons that we are not obliged to specify. If in doubt, please consult our mission statement below:
The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship of a cutting-edge nature that deals broadly with the phenomenon of religious and cultural theory.
Topics in which we are especially interested right now are:
- The broader meaning of certain current media attention to matters having to do with religion
- Emergent figures and topics in philosophy and philosophy of religion
- What is really meant by “theory” in the so-called “human sciences”
- How religion is depicted in the news media and in popular culture
- How the different theoretical disciplines – philosophy, theology, sociology, anthropology, anthropology, ethnography, psychology, etc. – that are regularly deployed to explain religion vary in their biases and capacity to illuminate different kinds of religious and cultural phenomena
- How the institutionalized values and attitudes of the academic profession shape what can be appropriately said not said about certain topics having to do with religion
- Theories of globalization and religion so far as they contribute to civilizational and cultural conflict as well as transformation
- The future and challenges of religious studies as a field
- The changing nature, position, and potential contributions to academic discourse of “theology” or “theological studies.