Religious Practices

Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health

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Download PDF: RV Barber, Religion as a Social Determinant Edited By: Ellen Idler New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 445 pages. $51.00 The edited volume, Religion as a Social Determinant of Health, is unique in that the editor, sociologist Ellen Idler,

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From the Pulpit and the Pavement

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The two issues on Worship, Ritual and Theory represent the first pass by this journal on ritual practices (particularly those labeled “worship”) as refracted through the methodological and theoretical lenses of multiple fields. Our first two articles, “What in God’s

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Things: Religion and the Question of Materiality

Download PDF: RV Sivakumar Things By Dick Houtman and Brigit Meyer (Editors) New York: Fordham University Press, 2012. 482 pages. $31.50 Recent volumes on materiality and material culture have outlined its genealogy through philosophical (particularly phenomenological) enquiry upon human perception and

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Religion, Food, & Eating in North America

Download PDF: RV Krone Religion Food and Eating Edited By Benjamin E. Zeller, Marie W. Dallam, Reid L. Neilson, & Nora L. Rubel New York: Columbia University Press 2014. 336 pages. $35.00. Food is inextricable from religion. Despite this fact, relatively

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Hanukkah in America: A History

Download PDF: RV Hoelle, Hanukkah in America By Dianne Ashton New York: New York University Press, 2013. 343 pages.  $29.95. Hanukkah is one of the least important festivals in the Jewish religious calendar, yet it is one of the two holidays celebrated

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Be Still and Know: God’s Presence in Silence

Download PDF: RV Grace, Be Still and Know By Norris J. Chumley Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2014.  156 pages.  $29.00. “If ever there was a need for peace, the time is now” (79). Simultaneous to the writing of this book, the author

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Download PDF: Bender, Hallucinations * Editors’ Note: This essay is part of the Roundtable on Ethnography and Religion. Are field methods good for every religious studies scholar? Robert Orsi argues that we all need to learn how to do fieldwork in

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Doing Religious Studies with Your Whole Body

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Download PDF: Orsi, Doing Religious Studies   * Editors’ Note: This essay is part of the Roundtable on Ethnography and Religion. This method does not satisfy us. It is a priori. It does not derive its concepts from experience—or at least

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