New Religions Religion and Media

Entheogens, Spirituality, and Modern Myths

The following is the first of a three-part series. Introduction: Alice and Entheogens My aim here is to analyze spiritual phenomena using contemporary mythological and pop-cultural referents, such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871), and The Matrix. Using these texts as interpretive mediums, I hope […]

Religion and Media Religious Studies

Slow Journalism? Ethnography as a Means of Understanding Religious Social Activism, Part 2 (James V. Spickard)

The following is a talk presented at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, and is the second installment of a two-part series. The first installment can be found here. II. Epistemological Musings So much for “the deductions from the obvious” that I promised to explore with you. I also promised you some “epistemological […]

Religion and Media Religious Studies

Slow Journalism? Ethnography As A Means Of Understanding Religious Social Activism, Part 1 (James V. Spickard)

The following is a talk presented at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, and is the first installment of a two-part series. When I was invited to give this talk, my first reaction was “why me”? As a rather obscure and not very orthodox sociologist of religion from a second-tier West Coast teaching […]

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 […]