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 […]

Philosophical Theology

Revolutionary Love – Kierkegaard’s Gift Economy As A Religious Corrective To The Leveling Of The Public Sphere, Part 2 (Andrew Ball)

The following is the second insatallment of a three-part series. The first can be found here. Kierkegaard’s Agapic Gift Economy In his late authorship Kierkegaard articulates the social ontology that has implicitly grounded his previous works, calling for his readership to reassess the site and mode of Kierkegaard’s beginnings, the starting point of existential relation. […]

Political Theology

“Naming The Darkness,” Spiritual Violence, And Radical Incompleteness – Resituating A Political Theology, Part 1 (James E. Willis, III)

The Death of God theological movement of the mid-twentieth century serves as a productive starting place to consider spiritual violence in our time, or the forceful displacement of human relations in religious belief both as individuals and as a community. Spiritual violence is examined through a political reading of Simon Critchley’s mystical anarchy and Martin […]

Religion and Literature

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” And The Inhospitable State – Abrahamic Hospitality And The Limits Of Multiculturalism, Part 2 (Emily McAvan)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. The Failure of Hospitality Yet even in the first bloom of his success in New York, it is clear that Changez’s acceptance is conditioned largely on his assimilation to the norms of the American ruling class. At Underwood Samson, “we […]

Religion and Literature

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” And The Inhospitable State – Abrahamic Hospitality And The Limits Of Multiculturalism, Part 1 (Emily McAvan)

The following is the first of a two-part series. “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13 NIV) “he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest” (Sahih Muslim hadith, Book 1 Hadith 75) In the immediate aftermath of September 11, conservative political scientist Samuel […]

Philosophy of Religion

The “New Hegel” And The Question Of God, Part 1 (Gavin Hyman)

The following is the first installment of a three-part series. Among recent developments in continental philosophy and religious thought, one of the most prominent has been a ‘return to Hegel.’  It has been exemplified in the work of Slavoj Žižek, Beatrice Longuenesse, Catherine Malabou and Rebecca Comay, as well as that of a younger generation […]