The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion has announced a postdoctoral fellowship in Public Theology. The position will be supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Berkeley Public Theology Program brings together a group of scholars from fields across the humanities and social sciences, with specializations in a […]
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A session entitled "Spirits of Capitalism: Exploring Religion and Economy" will serve as an exploratory session for a potential new AAR program unit entitled "Religion and Economy."
As part of a joint project, Religion Dispatches contributing editor Austin Dacey has written a series of posts on The Immanent Frame's recent discussion on Christianity and human rights. The last in the series asks what is the true extent of Catholicism's contribution to the contemporary discourse of human rights.
Amidst growing tension between conservative factions in Washington, Speaker of the House John Boehner has announced his intention to resign from Congress in October, leading some to speculate on whether yesterday's remarks from Pope Francis played a role in Boehner's decision.
At Arc of the Universe, Daniel Philpott draws from the recent New York Times article, "ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape" and the earlier Atlantic article, "What ISIS Really Wants," to add to the long-running debate on the universality of religious freedom, and emphasizes the importance of political theology.
Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court of the United States confirmed the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry. Unsurprisingly, debates on the meaning and future of marriage have not subsided, but have taken on new directions. Among the hottest topics of debate are how American Muslims should respond to the ruling and whether polygamy will be the next battleground.
What light does the experience of Salafi Muslim women shed on satire mocking Islam and Muslims? New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Z. Fareen Parvez takes up this question in her recent article on the place of female Muslim piety in contemporary France.
In a just-published edited volume, Politics of Religious Freedom, editors Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Saba Mahmood, and Peter Danchin ask contributors: what is religious freedom, why is it being promoted, and how are we talking about it?