Archive for January, 2012

January 28, 2012

The Cognitive Approach to Religion

Greetings from SPSP! I’ve been quiet this week as I am at the largest conference in my field, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. It’s been a great experience so far. Yesterday, I attended a symposium on religion and prosociality that was extremely exciting and has inspired my next blog topic: the supernatural punishment hypothesis. But that will have to wait until Monday!

For now, I wanted to let you know that there is a post by me up at The Religious Studies Project. Recently, the fine folks over there posted an excellent interview with Armin Geertz, one of the leading cognitive scientists of religion, and they invited me write a response. Because the site is aimed to introduce people to different ways of studying religion, I thought it would be useful to summarize some of the major findings in that have resulted from the cognitive approach. So head over there and take a look and subscribe to the podcast.

January 22, 2012

Religious Studies Project

Hello again, Internets! Twice in the past week, someone has mentioned my blog to me, which, of course has made me feel terrible at its state of abandonment. So let’s get back into it.

A new resource for those interested in the study of religion has just launched: The Religious Studies Project. It’s a fantastic website, with content relevant to both academics and non-academics alike. David G. Robertson and Christopher R. Cotter have been posting conference announcements and resources to the site. They’ve also launched a pretty exciting new podcast featuring interviews with major scholars. The first episode, on phenomenological approaches to religion, went up last week and is a great introduction to an influential approach to understanding religion. They’re also posting a response article to each episode that will comment or expand on what is discussed in the interview. Of course, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or via RSS to automatically catch each episode.

If you have even a casual interest in the study of religion, this is a fantastic website, and I strongly encourage you to check it out.