“I’ve Seen Things…”

Picture 3This semester I taught our senior seminar, required of all majors and minors before they graduate from the department. It was on the topic of tradition.

Well, not really.

It was on the topic of the discourse on tradition.

That’s a difference that matters, I think. Continue reading

For Example…

wilburysWhat’s the relevance of the study of religion?

Well, religious studies students know how to study things like myths and origins tales, right? And all of us tell origins tales, no? From Uncle so-and-so spinning an annual yarn at some family holiday to scholars trying to find the origins of civilization, we’re all doing it.

So that suggests that we’re particularly well-equipped to say a fair bit about how these tales work and why we all tell them.

For example, consider this post on an all-star rock group that just happened to be formed…