The Sacred is the Profane

The other day I was looking at UVA’s podcast, now with several episodes (give it a listen), and couldn’t help but notice a nice example of a theoretical and methodological fracture point in the field, one which likely prompts people to pick a side when doing their work.

For although I agree that “the sacred is the profane,” Bill Arnal and I didn’t quite have this sense of the phrase in mind when picking a title for a set of essays that we collected together and published a few years ago. Continue reading

So, What Are You Doin’ These Days?

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Check out this article, from the University of Virginia, which surveyed grads over the past decade with regard to: 1) what their undergraduate major was and 2) what career they went into. Above is a screen shot (from their interactive site) of what careers grads originating in what they group together as Philosophy & Religious Studies have gone into.

A goal for our Department this year is to start tracking grads in much the same way — the graphic looks about right, given our experience, but we’ve only ever done it informally, anecdotally, never systematically. So if you’re a grad of our Department, then expect to hear from us in the future.

Consider yourself warned.