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New Member [Oct. 2nd, 2008|01:33 pm]
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cardamom_pod
*School: Lancaster University, UK

*Degree you are seeking: I'm in my third year of taking Religious Studies (BA)

*Area of study: The course I'm on is somewhat vast but special interest is placed on religion and modernity. Personally, I'm particularly interested in Buddhism, Christianity (especially 'southern'), and Islam. I'm also interested in religion in pop culture and literature. My dissertation this year is going to be on political Islam, although the details have yet to be finalised. There's so much to discuss and explore - I can't choose! I've always wanted to have a look at the role of the desert in religion, religious experience, and early Christian monasticism, but somehow have never got round to it!

*What you wish to do with the degree: I love this subject area and I want to study for as long as possible. At the moment I'm researching MA courses, trying to narrow down what course and where. If I didn't do this forever I'm not really sure what I'd do. Perhaps journalism or work in publishing?

*Of course anything else you want us to know about you: I like to study while drinking tea and eating fig rolls. I'm also new to live journal so hoping to maybe meet some friendly people.
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Re: Advise Needed [Sep. 14th, 2008|07:28 pm]
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markctaylor
Dear friends,

Thanks you so much for all your input and advise.  Actually, you've confirmed my suspicions regarding the North Carolina College of Theology and I will take your advise for now and avoid them.  Since I have seemed to have found a home here in christianleft , I feel that some full disclosure is necessary.

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So, advise still needed.

God bless you all,

Mark
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Advise needed [Sep. 12th, 2008|05:11 pm]
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markctaylor
Hello friends,

Has anyone out there ever heard of the North Carolina College of Theology?  I'm considering them as an alternative to either Campbell or Duke for my seminary training but I am still unsure of their legitimacy.  They apparently have schools all over the country and in many foreign counties as well.

Thanks in advance for any input you may have,

Mark
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Looking for sources... [Sep. 11th, 2008|12:28 pm]
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raven_moon
I am coming to all of the well-read folks here for recommendations on literature for a thesis I am working on. I am going through the tags here, and collecting links, but if anyone has access to non-online sources they can point me to, or stuff that has not been posted here, etc. it will be fantastically useful.

Essentially, I am discussing the phenomenon of the evolution/creationism/ID debate against the backdrop of the largely sexual politics of the far Religious Right (abortion, reproductive rights, sex ed, homosexuality, gender roles, familial power issues, etc.) I need sources concerning the following:
  • Perceptions of the fundamentalist/dominionist/far right movement in relation to sexual politics/power issues
  • Statements of doctrine/belief regarding gender roles in the family; i.e. male dominance/ female submission
  • Statements about the family as the model for relation to God; i.e. 'As God is in charge of man, so is man in charge of woman,' or anything about God as the source/origin of the male's right to a dominant position or position of authority
These do not have to be academic sources, as I will need a broad base of 'primary sources,' or those from the 'horse's mouth.' I have some basic stuff, but I will be ecstatically grateful for anything anyone has seen or knows of. Thanks a million!

P.S. If anyone wants to see the abstract of this thesis it's HERE
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course material suggestions? [Jul. 18th, 2008|11:54 pm]
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nimue_phd
I'm TAing a course on Heaven and Hell this semester; and my prof asked for suggestions. So, if you were teaching (or taking) this course, what would you want to talk about? Utopias/dystopias, problem of evil, life after death, other things?

Also, what would you want to read? I'm thinking classic lit and philosophy, of course (Socrates, Augustine, Blake, Milton, Dante); but also pop culture stuff. Movie, book, graphic novel suggestions?

Thanks!
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Introduction [May. 27th, 2008|07:28 pm]
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face_now
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Hey, I'm face_now and, unbelivebly, I have just finished my degree (fingers crosses for classification), in Theology and Church History. However, it's not something you just give up, so I'm doing a masters in Biblical Studies at Durham (UK). It still seems unreal to me that I have actually finished, but the further I got the more interested I became so continuing seemed like the only option. 

Despite consentrating on Biblical Studies I have become interested in ethics and especially bioethics as of late, and have been following the Embryology Bill that has just gone through in the UK as of late. (My thoughts are here if anyone is interested). 

I'm not sure what I want to do with my degree, but I had given thought to applying (post Masters) to the BBC to work in programme production for their historical and theological programmes, but that at the minute is still something to be wished at, (my next door neighbour works for them so fingers crossed), but I do know that I would like to do something in the associated area. What is yet to be seen. 

Anyway, I'm new to lj, so ovely to meet all of you. I look forward to reading your, and post my own, thoughts.
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research [May. 14th, 2008|10:20 am]
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raoin
i could use some help.
can anyone tell me the first year that a wiccan group attained tax exempt status in the US?
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Some thoughts on recent reads--coming down from the Semester [Apr. 29th, 2008|01:12 am]
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quiet_wyatt72
[Current Location |michigan state university]
[mood |chipperchipper]

I haven't posted much in this group since I joined...mostly comments here and there. For those who don't recognize me, I'm a PhD student at Michigan State University. I'm writing my dissertation on the role of music in the religious lives of American Pagans, and I already graded finals and turned in my grades for the class I taught this semester in American Religious Histories and Cultures, so I'm done for the Spring. But I still feel the need to academically share right now, so I will.

Especially since the birth of my wife and I's first child, I haven't had much time to read. But I thought I would share my favorite (and useful) religion reads and contexts of the past year. Maybe you will find them useful too in your work or reading.

I tend to focus a fair amount on Mormons in American religious history, and Romney's Presidential candidacy gave us more room and reason to bring them up. In expanding the section on 19th and 20th century Mormons, I read The Mysteries of Godliness for historical accounts of temple ordinances and really enjoyed it. I also found it useful to skim the Google Books copy of The Mormon Doctrine of Deity, a very important early 20th century work by LDS theologian Brigham H. Roberts, who was de-seated by the U.S. Senate, even though he won election from Utah.

More generally, I found A Nation of Religions (edited by Prothero) and Religion in Modern New Mexico to be very helpful in both my course and also for research I presented at a conference. In discussing the influence of Eastern traditions in the U.S., I spent a lot of time at the Library Of Congress's The Chinese in California 1850-1925 online exhibit, as well as Prothero and Tweed's Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History. I heartedly recommend checking both out.

As for other books I either used successfully in class or read for constructing lectures, I particularly enjoyed Earth Is My Mother, Sky Is My Father as an introduction to Navajo religion. For Christianity I recently read and really got into Calvin's Christology. I think a lot of people only know John Calvin from "TULIP" and issues of predestination, but Edmonson's book really convinced me that getting a grip on his Christology was the key to understanding his religious orientation.

I've wanted to do more in class with Islam, and especially the differences that have developed in the Shia and Sunni traditions. I was pointed toward Abdulaziz Sachedina's The Just Ruler In Shi'ite Islam. It is not an easy read, but it does illustrate the depth and complexity of the fiqh traditions and the role of law in Islamic theologies. He's also a periodic poster on "On Faith," and writes very interesting, if in-depth material.

In class this semester I took advantage of the controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Senator Obama to hit head-on the political flavor of African-American religious traditions. In finishing the unit on Black religion in the U.S./Americas we watched a great film on Vodou, called Legacy of the Spirits. I also read Rara: Vodou, Power and Performance in Haiti to help talk about the prominent role music plays in this tradition.

Briefly, in my own field, I found Jordan Paper's The Deities Are Many: A Polytheistic Theology, Chas Clifton's Her Hidden Children, and Barb Davy's Introduction to Pagan Studies to be the best I have read recently.

That's all for now. I would like to ask...how many of you are interested in studying religion--not so much by tradition, but by interreligious contact and development in communities, like the United States. Would you take a course in American Religious Histories and Cultures? If so, what would you like to see covered or discussed in such a course?
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(no subject) [Apr. 29th, 2008|01:12 am]
Religion Majors

quiet_wyatt72
I haven't posted much in this group since I joined...mostly comments here and there. For those who don't recognize me, I'm a PhD student at Michigan State University. I'm writing my dissertation on the role of music in the religious lives of American Pagans, and I already graded finals and turned in my grades for the class I taught this semester in American Religious Histories and Cultures, so I'm done for the Spring. But I still feel the need to academically share right now, so I will.

Especially since the birth of my wife and I's first child, I haven't had much time to read. But I thought I would share my favorite (and useful) religion reads and contexts of the past year. Maybe you will find them useful too in your work or reading.

I tend to focus a fair amount on Mormons in American religious history, and Romney's Presidential candidacy gave us more room and reason to bring them up. In expanding the section on 19th and 20th century Mormons, I read The Mysteries of Godliness for historical accounts of temple ordinances and really enjoyed it. I also found it useful to skim the Google Books copy of The Mormon Doctrine of Deity, a very important early 20th century work by LDS theologian Brigham H. Roberts, who was de-seated by the U.S. Senate, even though he won election from Utah.

More generally, I found A Nation of Religions (edited by Prothero) and Religion in Modern New Mexico to be very helpful in both my course and also for research I presented at a conference. In discussing the influence of Eastern traditions in the U.S., I spent a lot of time at the Library Of Congress's The Chinese in California 1850-1925 online exhibit, as well as Prothero and Tweed's Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History. I heartedly recommend checking both out.

As for other books I either used successfully in class or read for constructing lectures, I particularly enjoyed Earth Is My Mother, Sky Is My Father as an introduction to Navajo religion. For Christianity I recently read and really got into Calvin's Christology. I think a lot of people only know John Calvin from "TULIP" and issues of predestination, but Edmonson's book really convinced me that getting a grip on his Christology was the key to understanding his religious orientation.

I've wanted to do more in class with Islam, and especially the differences that have developed in the Shia and Sunni traditions. I was pointed toward Abdulaziz Sachedina's The Just Ruler In Shi'ite Islam. It is not an easy read, but it does illustrate the depth and complexity of the fiqh traditions and the role of law in Islamic theologies. He's also a periodic poster on "On Faith," and writes very interesting, if in-depth material.

In class this semester I took advantage of the controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Senator Obama to hit head-on the political flavor of African-American religious traditions. In finishing the unit on Black religion in the U.S./Americas we watched a great film on Vodou, called Legacy of the Spirits. I also read Rara: Vodou, Power and Performance in Haiti to help talk about the prominent role music plays in this tradition.

Briefly, in my own field, I found Jordan Paper's The Deities Are Many: A Polytheistic Theology, Chas Clifton's Her Hidden Children, and Barb Davy's Introduction to Pagan Studies to be the best I have read recently.

That's all for now. I would like to ask...how many of you are interested in studying religion--not so much by tradition, but by interreligious contact and development in communities, like the United States. Would you take a course in American Religious Histories and Cultures? What would you like to see covered or discussed in such a course?
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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2008|08:48 pm]
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kouhiinushi
So I'm writing a paper on how homosexuality is dealt within Hinduism/Buddhism and I was hoping to find someone who has had to directly deal with this issue. Also, I have just started my research and have read a decent amount about eunuchs in India--most of the information I have found is a bit out dated so I was wondering if anyone knows of any recent literature or has a personal experience regarding eunuchs.
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