In this episode we think about the ways we categorize things as religion. The show begins with the ritual life of turkeys and what that tells us about the category “religion.” Then a few REL majors show us how the category “sacrifice” is all around us. Finally, host Michael Altman talks with Dr. Megan Goodwin (@mpgphd) about the new CNN show Believer and how religious studies can find a broader public audience.
Hubert and Mauss on sacrifice
Kathryn McClymond on sacrifice
Edward B. Tylor and William Robertson Smith on sacrifice
Believer on CNN
Profs. Altman and Goodwin’s twitter conversation about Believer
Megan Goodwin’s excellent new article
Readers in the US may have already seen the commercials for Reza Aslan‘s upcoming series, Believer.
It starts Sunday March 5 on CNN at 10 pm (eastern time). Continue reading
Thomas J. Whitley is a Ph.D. Candidate in Religions of Western Antiquity at Florida State University where he studies sexual slander and identity formation in early Christianity. You can read more of his work on his blog and you can follow him on Twitter for the daily minutiae of his life @thomaswhitley.
“C.I.A. Funds Found Their Way Into Al Qaeda Coffers” — so read the New York Times notification I received Saturday. The circumlocution was amusing. “Found their way” — or “ended up” as this NYT article puts it — is about as neutral a way of stating this as possible. The article is careful not to assign blame in its telling of how the money from the C.I.A. was used to pay off Al Qaeda in 2010. Continue reading