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Religious Practices

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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Hallucinations

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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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Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction

Download PDF: RV McDonald, Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice By Mary Clark Moschella Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2008. 270 pages. $19.80. Designed to complement a ten-week long semester course on “pastoral research” in either a master of divinity program or doctorate

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Reflections on Intersections

Download PDF: Martin and Whitmore, Reflections on Intersections  Welcome to the third issue of Practical Matters. In this issue, we highlight Ethnography and Theology. In the “doing” of theology, a turn to ethnography is gaining momentum. Many scholars of religion who did

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Appreciative Interest in the Religious Lives of Young People

Download PDF: Thomas and Wright, Appreciative Interest in the Religious Lives of Young People In their study of youth and vocation, Dori Grinenko Baker and Joyce Ann Mercer notice a disturbing tendency among adults to view adolescence as an ever-expanding transitional

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