Mythology Religious Studies

Towards A New Comparative Methodology In Religious Studies (Kara Roberts)

Author Note: The following was originally written as the introduction to a much longer comparative project between two religious myths. Additionally, the creation of the following model for comparative methodology in religious studies could not have been possible without the help and guidance of Dr. Amy Balogh.  The field of comparative religious studies has a […]

Philosophy of Religion Religious Studies Theology

John the Possibilizer: The Promise of a Kearnian Baptismal Hermeneutic, Part II (Eric Trozzo)

The following is the second part in a two-part installment. The first  part can be found here. A Kearnian Reading of the Lukan John In Kearnian terms, then, the John portrayed by Luke is one who has a special, though not as paradigmatically unique as Jesus’, openness of persona to the God of possibility. Might […]

Philosophy of Religion Religious Studies Theology

John the Possibilizer: The Promise of a Kearnian Baptismal Hermeneutic, Part I (Eric Trozzo)

The following is the first installment of a two-part series. The wild hair, the scratchy clothing, the grit and body odor, and the exotic diet. All of these images typically come to mind when one mentions John the Baptist. He is a cartoonishly fiery, angry (and a wee bit insane) prophet railing against the system […]

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 […]

Religious Studies Theology

Religious Studies and Comparative Theology – An Appraisal (Joshua Samuel)

The title “religious scholar,” it must be remembered, is a very ambiguous categorization. It could either mean those who are engaged in academic work in the religious department of a university or it could also include those involved in subjective religious study, like in a seminary. From a critical post-modern perspective, it could also include […]