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  • After Christendom, Christian Weirdness? by Paul Dafydd Jones March 23, 2018 March 23, 2018 Religion and Its Publics Co-Director Paul Dafydd Jones writes in response to Peter Ormerod’s recent article for The Guardian, “So Christianity is no longer the norm? Going underground will do it good.” *** ‘It’s quite a statement. “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good,” said Prof Stephen Bullivant ... Read more »
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber for the Washington Post on the Apocalypse March 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Religion and Its Publics Co-Director Charles Mathewes writes: “This is a nice bit of public theology, both in illuminating a contemporary situation by the organic use of theological categories, and also by explaining the meaning of those theological categories through applying them to a contemporary situation.” Read Nadia Bolz-Weber’s full piece, “We’re in the midst ... Read more »
  • Daniel Silliman for the Washington Post on Evangelicalism March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 Below, Religion and Its Publics Co-Director Charles Mathewes weighs in on Daniel Silliman’s recent Washington Post article, “Protestantism was born in Germany, but it was Billy Graham who brought evangelicalism there.” *** In Germany, “Evangelische” meant someone who was Protestant—who was for the “good news” (evangelion) of Christianity, in a distinctively Protestant way, as was traditional ... Read more »
  • Trump and the Banality of Evil by Evan Sandsmark February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 One of the central claims of Hannah Arendt’s book Eichmann in Jerusalem is that intention is not the most morally relevant feature of an action. The fact that Adolf Eichmann committed atrocious evils with the most mundane of intentions—he was merely following orders to advance his career, in his telling—does not nullify his culpability. It ... Read more »
  • Charisma and Seduction by Vincent Lloyd January 29, 2018 *** This piece was originally published by The Immanent Frame on January 5, 2018 (https://tif.ssrc.org/2018/01/05/charisma-and-seduction/) Image via Flickr User John W. Iwanski (https://www.flickr.com/photos/usachicago/31672543383/) *** Producers, actors, politicians, businessmen, and professors: acclaimed men in these professions have recently been exposed as perpetrators of sexual violence. Powerful men abuse their power, and women are often the victims. Power is one thing ... Read more »
  • Outsiderness: A Warning by Natalie Carnes January 11, 2018 January 12, 2018 After the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation and the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, I find myself wondering about institutional insiders and outsiders. I wonder, in particular, about the appeal of outsiders and the status of being outside—what we might call outsiderness. What do we want outsiderness to give to us? ... Read more »