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Journal Cover   Critical Research on Religion
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   ISSN (Print) 2050-3032 - ISSN (Online) 2050-3040
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [833 journals]
  • Religion and the Occupy Wall Street movement
    • Authors: Campbell, E. B; Torpey, J, Turner, B. S.
      Pages: 127 - 147
      Abstract: The Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 and its corollaries, Occupy Sandy and Occupy Debt, have been largely understood as secular movements. In spite of this, religious actors not only participated, but in some cases played an integral role within the movement, lending material support, organizing expertise, and public statements of support. We rely on interviews with faith leaders (N = 13) in New York and Oakland, and engage in an analysis of print and online media to explore the role of religious actors and groups in Occupy Wall Street. Religious participants were often long-time veterans of progressive political struggles and drew inspiration from their faith traditions. Nonetheless, religious commitments were secondary to political objectives shared by themselves and their secular counterparts. Religious leaders believed they offered symbolic authority to the movement and highlighted this in their engagement in the hope of giving it greater moral weight. Current discussions on postsecularism and public religions are considered.
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215593151
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Tales of reconstruction. Intertwining Germanic neo-Paganism and Old Norse
    • Authors: von Schnurbein; S.
      Pages: 148 - 167
      Abstract: Historians of religion and adherents of new religious movements in the twentieth century have frequently had intersecting agendas. This article discusses the interactions between scholarship on Germanic myth and culture and the protagonists and belief systems of Germanic neo-Pagan movements (Asatru). It covers the era from the inception of Germanic neo-Paganism in the nationalist, anti-Semitic völkisch movement in Germany in the early 20th century until today. The article traces the appeal of reconstructionist approaches within the study of Germanic myth and culture, and the desire to access a primordial pre-Christian culture back to European National Romanticism. It uncovers the latent anti-Jewish sentiments that often pervade parts of both Germanic neo-Paganism and Germanic and Indo-European studies. At the same time, it accounts for the significant changes in these ideologically tainted patterns of thought within the last two decades, highlighting Germanic neo-Paganism’s development toward respectability and mainstream thought with the help of references to recent scholarship.
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567671
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • "Avoid that pornographic playground": Teaching pornographic abstinence in
           The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    • Authors: Edward Sumerau, J; Cragun, R. T.
      Pages: 168 - 188
      Abstract: In recent years, many studies have examined conservative Christian responses to shifting societal attitudes about sexuality. In this article we examine official discourse from the LDS Church found in General Conference talks and the official adult magazine of the Church, Ensign, to better understand how leaders of the religion have taught the members to abstain from the use of pornography. Using a grounded-theory approach, we noted a pattern to the lessons that included four elements: (1) avoiding dangerous associations, (2) taking personal responsibility, (3) maintaining inner purity, and (4) seeking spiritual treatment. This study extends previous research by examining how Mormon leaders taught their followers to interpret and protect themselves from pornography. As such, our analysis demonstrates the elaboration of religious teachings that may facilitate the negative reactions to pornography researchers have observed in survey and outcome-based research on members of conservative religions.
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567669
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Centralized globalization: The Holy See and human mobility since World War
    • Authors: Turina; I.
      Pages: 189 - 205
      Abstract: Through an examination of the official teaching of the Church I show how the increased mobility of large masses of Catholics since World War II has led to continuing efforts by the Holy See to follow and, to a certain extent, to control these fluxes of people. In turn, global human mobility has had an influence on institutional structures and on the self-understanding of the Church. While this evolution has contributed to the globalization of the Catholic Church, the trend towards centralization of power in Rome has hindered the development of more inclusive and democratic reforms and the participation of local churches in the decision-making process.
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552573
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • A British perspective on the critical sociology of religion: A response to
           Mary Jo Neitz
    • Authors: Bruce; S.
      Pages: 206 - 216
      Abstract: In a recent issue of Critical Research on Religion, Mary Jo Neitz presents a four-cell Locations Matrix created by the two dimensions of the status of the religion studied, as dominant and marginal, and position of the researchers vis-à-vis that religion, as insiders or outsiders. Her subsequent arguments about the influence of researcher standpoint perhaps work in the US setting where religion remains popular. This paper points out difficulties in applying the Matrix in the UK setting where religion is unpopular and uses the patently disinterested nature of much of the research conducted by professional sociologists of religion to retrieve the possibility of objective and value-neutral research.
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215593152
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Roland Boer, In the Vale of Tears. On Marxism and Theology V
    • Authors: Pallesen; C.
      Pages: 217 - 221
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215593153
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Matt Tomlinson, Ritual Textuality: Pattern and Motion in Performance
    • Authors: Tremlett; P.-F.
      Pages: 221 - 223
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567674
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Jerome Braun, Democratic Culture and Moral Character. A Study in Culture
           and Personality
    • Authors: Byrd, D. J; Siebert, R. J.
      Pages: 223 - 227
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567675
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Robert A Ventresca, Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII
    • Authors: Bryant; E. A.
      Pages: 227 - 230
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T04:10:54-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567673
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
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