Review – Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America (Roger Green)

Osto, Douglas. Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. ISNB 10: 0231177305 Hardcover, e-book. 328 pages. In recent years, the amount of published scholarly work on psychedelics, religion, and spirituality has grown enormously. Even so, many writers still feel it necessary to do a rhetorical dance around the […]

Philosophy of Religion

Love Strong as Death – Jews against Heidegger, On the Issue of Finitude – Part 1 (Agata Bielik-Robson)

This article is published in two parts.  The second portion will appear on August 1. I have set before you life and death: choose life. – Deuteronomy 30:19 Finitude is not the being-finished-off of an existent […] butting up against and stumbling over its own limit (its contingency, error, imperfection, or fault). Finitude is not […]


Review – Agamben’s Political Reading of the Trial of Jesus (Ryne Beddard)

Agamben, Giorgio. Pilate and Jesus (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics). Translated by Adam Kotsko. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. ISBN 10: 0804794545 Hardcover, paperback, e-book. 88 pages. Why is it the case that the divine incarnation, the meeting place of earthly and heavenly authority, should, in its climactic moment, assume the form of a trial? What can […]

Religion and Media

Review – Digital Technologies and Religion in the Postmodern Era (Albert McClure)

Han, Sam. Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the Sacred in a Post-Secular Modernity. Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society 19. New York: Routledge, 2016.  ISBN-10: 1138855863.  Hardback, e-book.  142 pages. In Technologies of Religion Sam Han discusses religions’ relationships to new media technologies in the post-modern era. The key question Han raises is: “what […]


Review – The Search For Transcendence In The “Material Phenomenology” of David Foster Wallace (Jeff Appel)

Miller, Adam S.  The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace: Boredom and Addiction in an Age of Distraction.   New York:  Bloomsburg Academic, 2016.  ISBN-10: 1474236979.  Hardcover, paperback, e-book.  136 pages. In this age of increasing literary interdisciplinarity, books such as Adam S. Miller’s latest project, The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace: Boredom and Addiction […]


Review – The Evolution of the Religious Factor in Fantasy Role-Playing Games (Jeffrey Scholes)

Laycock, Joseph P.  Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 2015.  ISBN-10: 0520284925.  Hardback, paperback, e-book.  368 pp. Anyone growing up in the 1980s or any parent of adolescents during this decade knows more about the game Dungeons and Dragons […]