This month’s Discourse! features Candace Mixon, joined by Craig Martin and Suzanne Owen. Their articles all coalesced into thinking through the importance of technicalities and words in the study of religion—when we are used to seeing the big picture, why does it matter to pay attention to things that seem small? Whether legalism comes through within a church community, local or federal judicial and legislative bodies, or nationalistic rhetoric, the stories we review all deal with the small details that make a big difference, and of course considers power and who gets to decide which details count, and why. Learn more on our website: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.c… ⸻ Discussion Topics ⸻ 00:00 — Introduction 01:47 — Arizona Priest Uses Wrong Word in Baptisms 11:29 — Religious Freedom and the Right to Discriminate 25:28 — Ban on Hijabs in Indian Schools 38:43 — Wrapping Up 39:49 — Credits
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In this edition of RSP Remix, we go deep into our archives to explore the insider/outsider problem in the study of religion. We explore questions such as “What is an ‘insider’ or ‘outsider’?” and “How do scholars of religion study and engage ‘insiders’?” to begin unpacking what all is at stake in this process of group formation.
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