After World Religions:

Routledge have just put up the official page for my other book of 2016, After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies, co-edited with my good friend and Religious Studies Project collaborator, Christopher Cotter. To be published in January, the book is a manifesto and guide to teaching “religion” without simply trotting through the usual cliches about the “big six” – the real religions, right? – in terminology drawn from Victorian theologians. Here’s the blurb:

The World Religions Paradigm has been the subject of critique and controversy in Religious Studies for many years. After World Religions provides a rationale for overhauling the World Religions curriculum, as well as a roadmap for doing so. The volume offers concise and practical introductions to cutting-edge Religious Studies method and theory, introducing a wide range of pedagogical situations and innovative solutions. An international team of scholars addresses the challenges presented in their different departmental, institutional, and geographical contexts. Instructors developing syllabi will find supplementary reading lists and specific suggestions to help guide their teaching. Students at all levels will find the book an invaluable entry point into an area of ongoing scholarly debate.

Tim Fitzgerald says:

“This book will give a fresh impetus to debate in religious studies and religious education journals, and further volumes exploring the issues will appear as a result.”

I am very proud of how the book has turned out. It features a great line-up of international scholars, including James Cox, Russell McCutcheon, Steven Ramey, Teemu Taira, Suzanne Owen, Carole Cusack, Brad Stoddart and many others. And the cover! Wait – that’s another post…


“A Staggering Tour-de-France”

Finishing up all the details on After World Religions, the Monograph and – especially – the Nova Religio special issue. Mucho stress, but I need to remember that at some point, all of this will come out and be done with, and I can start something else.

(This shows that I am becoming more grown up. A decade back, I’d have started about three things already.)

In the meantime, luch with Titus Hjelm and his lovely family, chats with Jeff Kripal and drunken evenings and family daytimes with Venetia Robertson, Chris Cotter and the Aryan Nation (AKA Ted and Rex, AKA the world’s worst Indigos). A lot of fun. Thanks for the photo, Chris. Two impressive pieces of engineering there.

Tonight we talk RSP business with Indian food.

The Week in Conspiracy Theories:

We have only one entry this week. THE TITANIC HOAX!

Although Alex Jones and Jim Marrs mucking about was also worth a listen (skip to 2-and-a-half hours in).