Religious Studies

The Legacy Of Charles H. Long – Resisting and Short-Circuiting the Discourses Of Exclusion In The Theory And Practice Of Administration (Victor E. Taylor)

The following essay introduces the upcoming volume of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory featuring reflections on the work of renowned religious studies scholar Charles H. Long (1926-2020). It will be published in July 2022. The new universities, as research institutions, implied a new structure in the order of knowledge on both theoretical and […]

Philosophy of Religion

Geschlecht III – Authentic Faith, Religion, And Politics In Derrida’s Readings Of Heidegger’s “Geist”, Part 3 (Jake Sirota)

The following is the third of a three-part series. The first can be found here, the second here. Derrida’s suspicion of and discomfort with the seemingly politically-motivated dogmatism that we see guiding Heidegger’s understanding of spirit leads us into the common interpretations of Derrida’s religious thinking as being about a sort of theological indiscretion, an […]

Philosophy of Religion

Geschlecht III – Authentic Faith, Religion, And Politics In Derrida’s Readings of Heidegger’s “Geist”, Part 1 (Jake Sirota)

The following is published in three installments. Jacques Derrida’s prolonged and intimate proximity to the thought of Martin Heidegger has played a significant role in the understanding and debate of Derrida’s religious inflections and in the theorizing of the relationship between deconstruction, religion, and politics in general. This proximity becomes particularly clear in the treatment […]

Philosophy of Religion

The Unbroken Middle: Overcoming The Empty Sacrifices Of Modernity With Gillian Rose And Paul, Part 2 (Michael C. Raubach)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here Is it not true, though, that many individuals of different races, creeds, and identities do live together in our cities? Against the backdrop of everyday life is there not a true plurality of subjects and ways of being? According to […]

Philosophy of Religion

The Unbroken Middle: Overcoming The Empty Sacrifices Of Modernity With Gillian Rose And Paul, Part 1 (Michael C. Raubach)

The following is the first of a two-part series. In her 1992 masterpiece, The Broken Middle, the philosopher Gillian Rose explored what she saw as a baleful crisis of ethics in modern political discourse playing itself out in the malaise and violence of contemporary urban life. Rose believed the root of this crisis was a […]

Religion and Literature

“Teach Me To Do What’s Right” – Faith, Hope, And Love As Post-Religious Virtues, Part 1 (A.G. Holdier)

The following is the first of a two-part series. “God is the ‘beyond’ in the midst of our life.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer[1] “Are you lost, Father?” “Sorry?” “Are you lost?” “No. I suppose not.” – Darlene Sweet and Father Flynn speaking the first lines of Bad Times at the El Royale Classically, philosophers spoke of […]

Indigenous Religions Postcolonial Theory

Reorientation In The Field – Why Religion Matters, Part 1 (Wendy Felese)

The following is the first of a two-part series. It was originally published at a 2019 conference in Athens, Greece.1 Introduction When teaching classes like World Religions or Comparative Religions, many of us utilize a comparative methodology. This methodology was fine- tuned by JZ Smith, who reminds us to not only focus on difference, but […]

Philosophy

Bushwhacking Derrida – “Perception” – “Context of Context”, “The Hunter And The Hunted” (Gary Bedford)

After Derrida, how can philosophy continue to think critically, and for our task here, ontologically2…? Can a critique of the context of perception via its textual traces render insight into the presumed meta-context of perception itself, of how we perceive our world? What occurs when perception, or its textual thought, defer? Is the question of […]

Higher Education Philosophy

Longing For An Impossible Past – Derrida’s Of Grammatology And The Coronavirus As The Inauguration Of An Age Of Writing, Part 2 (Jared Lacy)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Furthermore there is an element of nostalgia implicit in this desire. Like the armed protestors who stormed city capital buildings across the United States, there is a sense among certain students and faculty, that in the age of Coronavirus and […]

Higher Education Philosophy

Longing For An Impossible Past – Derrida’s Of Grammatology And The Coronavirus As The Inauguration Of An Age Of Writing, Part 1 (Jared Lacy)

The following is the first installment of a two-part series. As we witness the aftermath of the initial responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — the failures and successes of the various shelter-in-place orders and a global economy interrupted — it is difficult not to notice the fact that in the age of Coronavirus, our […]