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  • 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 »
  • Jane Little for BBC on August 11 & 12 in Charlottesville January 11, 2018 Religion and Its Publics’ own Jane Little tells the story behind that infamous August weekend in Charlottesville: how clergy trained for weeks to disrupt the far right marchers, of the MLK scholar-activist-musician who trained them, and of what it represents in an ongoing struggle for the soul of American Christianity. Click here to listen to the full ... Read more »
  • Charles Mathewes for the Washington Post on White Christianity December 20, 2017 Religion and Its Publics Co-Director Charles Mathewes recently contributed to the Washington Post with a piece entitled “White Christianity is in big trouble. And it’s its own biggest threat.” Read the full article below. *** “White Christianity is in big trouble. And it’s its own biggest threat” Charles Mathewes | December 19, 2017 It’s that time of year again, ... Read more »
  • Using Religion? Higher Ed, Vocation, and Systemic Justice by Shelli M. Poe December 18, 2017 *** A response to this piece was posted by Hannah Schell, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Monmouth College, entitled “Beyond ‘Warm and Fuzzy’ Mentoring” (January 15, 2018). Read Schell’s brief introduction to the response and find a link to the full response below: “Shelli Poe’s recent post, “Using Religion? Higher Ed, Vocation, and Systemic Justice,” ... Read more »