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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  [814 journals]
  • The paradox and tension of moral claims: Evangelical Christianity, the
    • Authors: Kaoma K.
      Pages: 227 - 245
      Abstract: This article explores the paradox between local and global moral values in sexual politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. It shares the thesis that various forces of globalization—the web, media, social, economic, political, and religious––influence and to some extent shape sexual politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. Globalization has made it easy for anti-gay and pro-gay rights groups to connect globally, and share ideas and strategies, but it has also complicated the study of sexual politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. While anti-gay and pro-gay groups accuse each other of being "influenced by foreign interests," both sides have global groups that provide the ideological framework for the struggle. To some extent, the growing opposition to gay rights should be understood from the perspective of conservative global Christianity on one hand and the globalization on the other. The article concludes that global anti-gay activism invites global pro-gay activism, thereby leading to unintended consequences on sexual minorities.
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552571
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
  • God is "color-blind": The problem of race in a diverse Christian
    • Authors: Gurrentz B. T.
      Pages: 246 - 264
      Abstract: The following case study utilizes in-depth qualitative interviews and participant observation data in order to examine how color-blindness operates in a diverse Christian fraternity. The color-blind ideology functions in two distinct ways: to authenticate the fraternity’s collective religious identity as an inclusive Christian community and to obscure within-group racial inequalities reproduced through tokenizing racist jokes aimed at its non-white members. Color-blind statements allow members to attribute their organization’s racial diversity to their accepting religious doctrine, while also making problems of race within the organization difficult to address. This article provides a theoretical contribution by highlighting the dire implications of ignoring race in diverse religious groups, particularly problematic within the "edgy" joking subculture of Christian fraternities.
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:04-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552572
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
  • Flaneuring with Vattimo: The annotative hermeneutics of weak thought
    • Authors: Grimshaw M.
      Pages: 265 - 279
      Abstract: This article rethinks the future of continental philosophy of religion through a central, annotative reading of Gianni Vattimo’s Not Being God. The reading develops from Agamben on citation and Žižek on the short-circuit into a new reading strategy of annotation as a development of weak thought. It argues for what is termed the flânerie of the weak thought of annotation, rethinking the future of continental philosophy of religion as para-thought. The future envisioned is a future that flâneurs, annotates and is para- to both the religious and laicity and their associated strong claims and metaphysics. For Vattimo, weak thought helps us see that if we read Nietzsche as an announcement and not a claim, hermeneutics teaches us we cannot conceive ultimate objective truths. Therefore, after Heidegger, we reach the end of metaphysics and the age of weak thought, where we respond only to appeals and announcements.
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:04-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552574
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
  • Intimating the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytical Refraction of Christian
           Theo-Political Activism in Malaysia
    • Authors: Lau A.
      Pages: 280 - 298
      Abstract: The political activism of Christians in Malaysia is in an emergent phase. Despite significant advances, especially after the milestone general elections of March 2008 (where the ruling National Alliance regime lost its two-thirds majority in parliament), many Christians hesitate to engage politically and when they do, their engagement is incoherent. Based upon a survey and critical analysis of media statements by leading Christian organizations, this article argues that Christian activism remains anemic in part due to political theologizing which suffers from incoherency, inconsistency, a diminished view of the political, and an over-reliance on the rational. The article intimates that the kind of political discourse and theologizing adopted by the church would benefit from an application of psychoanalytical categories. It concludes by suggesting that psychoanalysis cannot only provide new categories with which to re-imagine political issues in Malaysia but also reinvigorate the Christian political imagination itself.
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:04-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535000
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
  • Keeping "critical" critical: A conversation from Culture on the Edge
    • Authors: Martin, C; McCutcheon, R, Miller, M. R, Ramey, S, Merinda Simmons, K, Dorrough Smith, L, Touna, V.
      Pages: 299 - 312
      Abstract: In early March 2014, some of the members of Culture on the Edge—a scholarly research collaboration of seven scholars of religion, interested in more theoretically sophisticated studies of identity, and all of whom are at different career stages and at a variety of North American institutions—had a conversation online on the use of the terms "critique" and "critical," terms widely used in the field today but employed in such a variety of ways that the members of the group thought it worthwhile to focus some attention on them. What follows is the transcript of their conversation.
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:04-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552576
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
  • David G. Hackett, That Religion in Which all Men Agree: Freemasonry in
           American Culture
    • Authors: Turner B. S.
      Pages: 313 - 317
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:04-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552575
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
  • Mansoor Moaddel and Stuart A. Karabenick, Religious Fundamentalism in the
           Middle East: A Cross-National, Inter-Faith, and Inter-Ethnic Analysis
    • Authors: Sadri M.
      Pages: 317 - 319
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:04-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552578
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
  • Hilary B P Bagshaw, Religion in the Thought of Mikhail Bakhtin: Reason and
    • Authors: Tremlett; P.-F.
      Pages: 319 - 322
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:04-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552577
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
  • Richard Cimino, Nadia A Mian and Weishan Huang (eds), Ecologies of Faith
           in New York City: The Evolution of Religious Institutions
    • Authors: Bielo J. S.
      Pages: 322 - 325
      PubDate: 2014-11-18T03:21:04-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214552579
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 3 (2014)
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