951986_stock-photo-music-notes-on-old-paper-sheet-to-use-for-the-backgroundIn addition to reviews and commentaries, the new JCRT feature “religious theory” (, updated regularly, will publish in an ongoing sequence short analysis or reflections that respond to certain burning issues or questions of the day, or at least those issues or questions where there are hot coals or embers.  For more information, go to

Proposed contributions for the “Notations” section should be 300-500 words in length and emailed to  Longer contributions should be submitted as “commentary.”  If we receive more than one contribution in the same week, we will publish them together.

In submitting your contribution for “Notations”, please also include a short bio of no more than three sentences.

Below will be an ongoing list of issues or questions on which we would like to receive contributions.  We will add and enlarge this list as time goes by.   You may offer thoughts and comment on either part or all of the questions on a related topic.

Current Questions for “Notations” Section…as Well As For More Lengthy Commentary

  1.  The European Refugee Crisis.  How does the recent flood of refugees into Northern Europe affect, either negatively or positively, the character of the region’s politics, religion, and culture.  What are some of the trends that are most significant (if you have first-hand experiences, all the better)?  What do you see as the future of Europe as well as conflicts and crises that may be looming as a result?  What is the future of European identity itself in light of the refugee influx?  What major political changes might we anticipate?
  2. The State of Religious Studies As A Field.  Religious Studies (in contrast with Biblical or Theological Studies) as a recognized field is now a little over a half century old, dating perhaps from when the National Association of Biblical Instructors in 1964 changed its name to the American Academy of Religion.   At the same time, the field itself continues to struggle, often in ways that other disciplines do not necessarily experience , for coherence, methodological consistency, and the perennial tension between “objective” inquiry and confessional bias.   What are some current issues in the field, and how do you think they should be addressed?  What is the larger academic, if not political and social, context for the framing of such issues?  Is there really such a thing as “religious studies”, and if so, what does it mean?  What is the relationship between religious studies and religious theory?
  3. The Present and Future of “Philosophy of Religion”.  Is there really such a thing as “philosophy of religion” that is viable anymore, and if so, what does it look like?   How does the historical divide between “Continental” and “analytic” philosophy of religion (meliorated perhaps in part by the advent of so-called “Mashup Philosophy of Religion” (See JCRT, affect this equation?  Does philosophy of religion really philosophize “about” religion, or does it operate within a religious matrix of relevancy and signification?  What are some particular trends, figures, or issues that illuminate these set of questions?