Tagged with race

NEWS: Pop Music and the Occult?

Problems associated with racism have often been the result of ill-conceived notions about nation and divine favor. Moreover, consumers of popular music have often associated blues and rock ‘n’ roll with evil. Although the culture wars created public debates (and fears) which focused on perceived connections between pop music and the Devil, none came close … Continue reading

NEWS: Religious and Racial Hatred on the Web

Two defendants are currently standing trial at Liverpool Crown Court charged with ‘urging people to kill Jewish people’ via posting on a website. Both Michael Heaton and Trevor Hannington are alleged to be members of the Aryan Strike Force [ASF], and furthermore, having posted racist and anti-Semitic comments designed to incite others to murder. The … Continue reading

NEWS: Religion and Academic Freedom

It should be no surprise that the culture war would appear within Pentecostalism. Hot-button topics such as gay marriage and creationism frequent denominational discussions and, as expected, end in a relatively conservative consensus. But one would not expect an academic organization (even if religious in origin) to wield power in the interest of silencing academic … Continue reading

Religion Compass July Issue – now available

The July issue of Religion Compass is now available here! This month, we’ve published our largest issue to date: 18 high-quality articles surveying the most recent literature in the field of religious studies! We are also delighted to announce the publication of our first video article: Changing Status in India’s Marginal Music Communities Zoe Sherinian … Continue reading

NEWS: Riverside Church: Progressive or Fundamentalist?

Americans have had a lengthy love-hate relationship with the tensions indicative of religion and liberal democracy. While we are often titillated by controversy surrounding clergy living within the public eye, some of the fiercest battles have been fought over matters involving civil liberties, social issues, and theological and scientific “truth.” Members of Manhattan’s Riverside Church … Continue reading