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Journal Cover Critical Research on Religion
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 2050-3032 - ISSN (Online) 2050-3040
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [737 journals]
  • Can a religious approach be critical'
    • Authors: Goldstein, W. S; Boyarin, J, Boer, R.
      Pages: 3 - 5
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520934|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/3
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Theology and treason: Introduction
    • Authors: Boer; R.
      Pages: 6 - 8
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520935|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/6
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Why should one be interested in the theological dimension within the
           project of modern politics' On the Chinese acceptance of Carl
           Schmitt's political theology
    • Authors: Shuangli; Z.
      Pages: 9 - 22
      Abstract: Why has Schmitt's political theology been influential among some Chinese scholars' It is pointed out in this article that this special phenomenon resulted from the Chinese awareness of the deep crisis within modern politics as well as the Chinese hope for the alternative model of modern politics. To these Chinese scholars, Schmitt, by making clear the hidden theological dimension of modern politics, seems to have offered both a sharp criticism of the tendency of mechanization of the state and a creative proposal to save modern politics. Based on the analysis of the reasons for these Chinese scholars' preference for Schmitt's political theology to Marx's criticism of modern politics, it is also argued that this acceptance of Schmitt's political theology could actually hamper the Chinese efforts toward new possibilities of modern politics.
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520779|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/9
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • The dwarf and the puppet: YT Wu's "Christian materialism"
    • Authors: Pa; C. K.
      Pages: 23 - 37
      Abstract: Marxism came to China along with the Russian Revolution. Many Chinese scholars and students became interested in Marxism, which was interpreted in terms of patriotism and as an anti-imperialist movement. As a leader of the Christian Youth Student Fellowship of YMCA in Shanghai, YT Wu was deeply concerned with the nature of current thought on campus, and sought dialogue between Christianity and materialism. This article analyzes Wu's thought, especially his proposal of a Christian materialism which would reconcile the two. Like Marxist thinkers in the West, Wu was highly critical of the modernity that was also influencing China. Wu finds the key to theology in an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount, which he understands as a depiction of Christian materialism.
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520778|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/23
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Materialism, dialectics, and theology in Alain Badiou
    • Authors: Karlsen; M. P.
      Pages: 38 - 54
      Abstract: This article examines the relationship between materialism, dialectics, and theology in Alain Badiou's work. The first three sections of the article focus on Badiou's reading of Hegelian dialectics in his 1982 work, Theory of the Subject. The first section accounts for Badiou's splitting of Hegel into an idealist and materialist dialectic, and presents an exposition of the latter. The second section outlines Badiou's critical analysis of the theological model implicit in Hegel's dialectics. The third section investigates the core of this criticism through a discussion of Badiou's reading of the "negation of the negation." The remaining four sections examine the anti-dialectical interpretation of the Christ-event that Badiou presents in his book Saint Paul. Here the article illustrates how Badiou's insistence on separating the death of Christ from the resurrection is linked to his rejection of the doctrines of Trinity and Incarnation, and how this drives Badiou towards idealism.
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520775|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/38
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Pastoral counter-conducts: Religious resistance in Foucault's genealogy of
    • Authors: Chrulew; M.
      Pages: 55 - 65
      Abstract: The internal resistance to religious forms of power is often at issue in Michel Foucault’s genealogy of Christianity. For this anti-clerical Nietzschean, religion is, like science, always a battle over bodies and souls. In his 1978 Collège de France lectures, he traced the nature and descent of an apparatus of "pastoral power" characterized by confession, direction, obedience, and sacrifice. Governmental rationality, both individualizing and totalizing, is its modern descendant. At different moments, Foucault rather infamously opposed to the pastorate and governmentality such ethico-political spiritualities as the Iranian Revolution and ancient Greek ascesis, but he also took care to identify numerous forms of resistance specific and internal to Christianity itself. His lecture of 1 March 1978 outlined five examples of "insurrections of conduct": "eschatology, Scripture, mysticism, the community, and ascesis." I will detail Foucault’s analysis of pastoral counter-conducts, and explore how he sets up the nature and stakes of this tension within Christianity and its secular kin.
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520776|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/55
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Emerging treason' Politics and identity in the Emerging Church
    • Authors: Reed; R. W.
      Pages: 66 - 85
      Abstract: The Emerging Church is one of the more interesting new movements in the religious landscape of the United States today. The Emerging Church has come out of US Evangelicalism, which has found itself in crisis, with a diminishing number of young people remaining in the church and a general popular impression of being intolerant, judgmental, and right-wing. Many in the Emerging Church are attempting to construct a vision of Christianity that addresses these problems. However, the Emerging Church is not a monolith; it includes a variety of perspectives and positions. What I will argue in this article is that there is, among several different perspectives within the movement, a critique of the US political and economic system that provides an interesting and new way of thinking about the relationship between Christianity, politics, economics, and identity that may serve to create a challenge to the hegemonic system of the United States. For the purposes of this article I use three examples to illustrate my point: Shane Claibourne’s "New Monasticism"/"Red Letter Christians" movement; Brian McLaren’s recent work, Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross The Road; and Peter Rollins as a self-proclaimed inheritor of the radical tradition. I will show that the Emerging Church thinkers, by challenging the theological constructions of US Evangelicalism, are likewise providing fodder, to varying degrees, for a critique of the US political and economic system. Whether this will coalesce into a real significant challenge or will ultimately be reabsorbed by the status quo and/or marginalized remains to be seen.
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520777|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/66
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Saba Mahmood, Is Critique
           Secular' Blasphemy, Injury and Free Speech
    • Authors: Sheedy; M.
      Pages: 86 - 89
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520933|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/86
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Jeremy Stolow (ed.), Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things
           in Between
    • Authors: Boylston; T.
      Pages: 89 - 91
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520933a|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/89
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Grace Davie, The Sociology of Religion: A Critical Agenda (2nd edn)
    • Authors: Kuhnle; L.
      Pages: 91 - 94
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520933b|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/91
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
  • Russell T McCutcheon and Craig Martin, with Leslie Dorrough Smith,
           Religious Experience: A Reader
    • Authors: Robertson; A.
      Pages: 94 - 96
      PubDate: 2014-03-24T02:42:20-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214520933c|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/1/94
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014)
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