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Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Biblical Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 57)
Journal of Burma Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Chinese Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Chinese Religions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Church and State     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of College and Character     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Contemporary Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Journal of Coptic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Disability & Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Early Christian History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Early Christian Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Journal of Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Journal of East Asian Linguistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Eastern African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Eastern Christian Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Empirical Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Friends of Lutheran Archives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Graduate Review Nakhon Sawan Buddhist College     Open Access  
Journal of Ilahiyat Researches     Open Access  
Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies     Open Access  
Journal of Islamic Manuscripts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Islamic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Jewish Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Korean Religions     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Law and Religion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Law, Religion and State     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Media and Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Moravian History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Muslim Mental Health     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Pastoral Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Pentecostal Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Religion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Psychology and Theology     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Qur'anic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Reformed Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Religion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 30)
Journal of Religion & Film     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Religion and Business Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Religion and Demography     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Religion and Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Religion and Human Relations     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Religion and Violence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Religion in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Religion in Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Religion in Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Religious Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Religious Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Religious History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Research on Christian Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of the American Academy of Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of the Sociology and Theory of Religion     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Theological Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Urdu Studies     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Values Education / Değerler Eğitimi Dergisi     Open Access  
Journal of Youth and Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Jurnal Filsafat     Open Access  
Jurnal Teologi     Open Access  
Kalich Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Kernos     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Kerygma     Open Access  
Kerygma und Dogma     Hybrid Journal  
Kieleckie Studia Teologiczne / Kielce Theological Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Kirke og Kultur     Full-text available via subscription  
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Kościół i Prawo     Open Access  
Labyrinth : An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics     Open Access  
Landas : Journal of Loyola School of Theology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Laval théologique et philosophique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Lebenswelt : Aesthetics and philosophy of experience     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Levant     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Liber Annuus     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Linacre Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Literature and Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Liturgy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Louvain Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Lumen Vitae     Full-text available via subscription  
Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Mandrágora     Open Access  
Marife Dini Araştırmalar Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Marriage, Families & Spirituality     Full-text available via subscription  
Material Religion : The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Mawlana Rumi Review     Hybrid Journal  
Mayéutica     Hybrid Journal  
Medieval Encounters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Medieval Mystical Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Medieval Sermon Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
MELINTAS     Open Access  
Middle Eastern Literatures: incorporating Edebiyat     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Midéo : Mélanges de l'Institut dominicain d'études orientales     Open Access  
Missiology : An International Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Mission Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Modern Judaism : A Journal of Jewish Ideas and Experience     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Modern Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Nashim : A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Nations and Nationalism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
New Blackfriars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
New Testament Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
New Theology Review     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Nordic Journal of Religion and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Novum Testamentum     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Numen     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
O Que Nos Faz Pensar : Cadernos do Departamento de Filosofia da PUC-Rio     Open Access  
Oksident     Open Access  
Oliviana     Open Access  
Ons Geestelijk Erf     Full-text available via subscription  
Oxford Journal of Law and Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Pacifica : Australasian Theological Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Paedagogia Christiana     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Pastoraltheologie : Monatsschrift für Wissenschaft und Praxis in Kirche und Gesellschaft     Hybrid Journal  
Patristica Nordica Annuaria     Open Access  
Patterns of Prejudice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Pensamiento. Revista de Investigación e Información Filosófica     Open Access  
Perichoresis     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Perspectiva Teológica     Open Access  
Philosophy and Theology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
PLURA, Revista de Estudos de Religião / PLURA, Journal for the Study of Religion     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Pneuma     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Pointers: Bulletin of the Christian Research Association     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Political Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Politics and Religion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Polonia Sacra     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Pomegranate : The International Journal of Pagan Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Poznańskie Studia Teologiczne     Open Access  
Practical Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Praktyka Teoretyczna     Open Access  
Prismet     Open Access  
Pro Ecclesia     Full-text available via subscription  
Pro Musica Sacra     Open Access  
Process Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Prooftexts : A Journal of Jewish Literary History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Protokolle zur Bibel     Open Access  
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
QUAERENS: Journal of Theology and Christianity Studies     Open Access  
Quaker History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Questions Liturgiques/Studies in Liturgy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Reformed Theological Review, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Religija ir kultūra     Open Access  
Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Religion & Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Religion and American Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Religion and Gender     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Religion and Human Rights     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Religion and Society : Advances in Research     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Religion and the Arts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Religion and Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Religion Compass     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Religion, Brain & Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Religions     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Religions : A Scholarly Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Religious : Jurnal Studi Agama-Agama dan Lintas Budaya     Open Access  
Religious Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Religious Studies and Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Religious Studies Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Review of Central and East European Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Review of Ecumenical Studies Sibiu     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Review of Faith & International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Review of Rabbinic Judaism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Review of Religion and Chinese Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Review of Religious Research : The Official Journal of the Religious Research Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Reviews In Religion & Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Revista Batista Pioneira     Open Access  
Revista Brasileira de Filosofia da Religião     Open Access  
Revista Calundu     Open Access  
Revista Caminhos : Revista de Ciências da Religião     Open Access  
Revista Científica Arbitrada de la Fundación MenteClara     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Revista Cultura & Religión     Open Access  
Revista de Cultura Teológica     Open Access  
Revista do Núcleo de Estudos de Religião e Sociedade (NURES)     Open Access  
Revista Eletrônica Espaço Teológico     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista Fragmentos de Cultura : Revista Interdisciplinar de Ciências Humanas     Open Access  
Revista Iberoamericana de Teologia     Open Access  
Revue Bénédictine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Revue Biblique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Revue d'Etudes Augustiniennes et Patristiques     Full-text available via subscription  
Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Revue de l’Histoire des Religions     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Revue de Qumran     Full-text available via subscription  
Revue des Études Juives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Revue des Sciences Religieuses     Open Access  
Revue du Droit des Religions     Open Access   (Followers: 1)

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      Abstract: Abstract If one answers the question ‘What is G-ness'’ with a biconditional of the form ‘x is G iff x is F,’ one can ask whether x is G because it is F, or whether x is F because it is G. This question, known as The Euthyphro Question, invites one to choose between one of two options which are presented as mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive: either x is G because it is F, or x is F because it is G but not both. Each answer has its attractions and difficulties. The Euthyphro Problem is the problem of choosing one rather than the other. This paper argues that holism in the theory of reasons — a view developed by Jonathan Dancy in a different context and for a different purpose — provides a novel and elegant solution to this age-old problem.
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  • (Re)Connecting Analytic Philosophy and Empirical Research: The Example of
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      Abstract: Abstract In this paper, I demonstrate how philosophical insights and empirical research on the use of religious language can be fruitfully combined to tackle issues regarding the ontology of religious collectivities and the agency of group actors. To do so, I introduce a philosophical framework that draws on speech act theory and recent advances in the fields of collective intentionality and social ontology, with particular attention paid to the work of Raimo Tuomela. Against this backdrop, I discuss a brief case study based on my fieldwork among Jehovah’s Witnesses in Switzerland and Germany. In particular, I call attention to the structure of the Witnesses’ ritual interactions and to the types of speech acts that are performed in their congregational settings. I argue that the communicative framework provided by these rituals is particularly suited to the creation of genuine group intentions that cannot be reduced to the private intentions of the individual group members. In conclusion, I argue that most of the language used in religious contexts does not deviate much from everyday language; however, particular ritual settings can elicit performative effects and constitute new social realities that can have a concrete impact on both individuals and religious groups.
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  • Divided by Language, but United in the Imagination'

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      Abstract: Abstract In my contribution to this special issue (under the title “Religions and Languages: A Polyphony of Faiths”), I draw attention to the topic of the imagination at the interface of modern science and Christian theology. The paper entertains in critical perspective the notion that language (understood broadly as any type of formalized assertive expression) divides, while the imagination (defined here broadly as inventive re-enactment of the world in a human mind) unites. While the paper is intended to be explorative, a clear thesis emerges: in its commitment to consilience, Christian theology is directed to the imagination under the pressure of the pluralizing effects of a reason that is constrained by language.
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