As I sat on my couch scanning Twitter and listening to the President describe the killing of Osama bin Laden, I realized that this was a high moment in American civil religion. Thanks to a couple colleagues here at Emory and our writing group, I’ve had civil religion on the brain lately. As the president [...]
The criticism of Rob Bell’s Love Wins is not about theology. It is all about authority. In case you missed the hubbub surrounding Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, I point you to Sara Staely’s wonderful post where she outlines John Piper and the neo-Calvinist establishment’s response to the book. She sums up the conflict nicely: [...]
This post originally appeared at Religion Nerd. It seems like everyday a new story emerges from the hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks. In the wake of Cablegate, WikiLeaks has found its site shutdown, its services from Amazon and Paypal refused, and its founder arrested. On one level this is to [...]
No one wants to believe in fakery. Whatever we believe or do, we want it to be authentic. In a recent post about the Hindu American Foundation’s statement on the place of yoga as a Hindu practice, contributor Brad Bannon brought up the thorny issue of who owns religious practices. As he put it: Do [...]
John Lennon asked us to imagine a world without religion. But I would argue we have imagined religion into the world. Not the beliefs, practices, or traditions we call “religions.” I mean the category itself. We have imagined “religion.” I’m really glad they chose State of Formation as the name for this blog about religion. [...]
Ph.D. student of American Religious Cultures in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. Specialization in American religious history and Asian religions in America. Twitter: @MichaelJAltman.