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If the Core Course were… The X-Factor

On this week’s X-Factor… they’ve reformed churches! Written epoch marking poetry! Transformed political and philosophical systems! But now, six well-known religious figures face their biggest challenge yet: the X-Factor judges! What will they make of their caustic, but strangely specific … Continue reading

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Physicality and New Rituals: Internet Religion

Life would be very different without the internet. We wouldn’t be able to keep up to date with earth shattering news and important developments that will have major implications on our everyday lives. On a more serious note, the internet … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of Mahatma Gandhi?

By Atreyee Sen A year ago I met a friend at a national-level policy-making institute in Delhi. He had been awarded a large grant for improving the condition of rural schools in Bihar. While travelling through the countryside inspecting educational … Continue reading

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Translating Shankara (Śaṃkara, Śaṅkara)

By  Jacqueline Suthren-Hirst Mulling on Monday’s lecture, I wondered a bit more about the question we ended up with:  what are we doing when we translate an eighth century text in Sanskrit into modern English?  Should we be trying to … Continue reading

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Religious Poetry and Popular Music: Five Examples

Professor Williams’ fascinating lecture today highlighted some of the many ways that religious poetry can work on its readers. Standard, conversational speech often tries to communicate a “plain” meaning. This is especially the case in religious instruction. If I preach … Continue reading

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Jewish-Christian Relations

The relationship between Jews and Christians is complex. While there is a long and shameful history of anti-Semitism in the Christian church, at the same time there has often been a wide variety of overlap between the two religions. So … Continue reading

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Church and State in the US Elections

If you need an illustration of the relevance of debates on church and state you could do worse than cast your glance across the Atlantic. The upcoming midterm elections have exposed that the issue is, for many, at the heart … Continue reading

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