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The Insider/Outsider Problem: An RSP Remix

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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“The Cult of Cults”: Pop Culture Representations of a Minority Religious Group

On December 8, I submitted my last paper for the semester, wrapping up what has been, for many, a stressful period. Having just seen the trailer for the new HBOMAX docuseries “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults,” I  wondered how the religious group was represented and decided to take a look…

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Religion in 5 Minutes: What’s the Difference Between a Cult and a Religion?

This video uses Religion in 5 Minutes essay “What’s the difference between a cult and a religion?” to talk about why some religious groups get classified as a religion and others a cult.

Religion in 5 Minutes: Why is Religion so Often Involved in Politics?

This video uses Religion in 5 Minutes essay “Why is religion so often involved in politics?” to talk about how in America religion is tightly woven into politics.