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American Academy of Religion

The Clergy Letter Project Condemns Islamophobia

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Those committing violence in the name of Islam are not acting in the name or with the support of the vast majority of practicing Muslims.

Religion Scholars Address Climate Change at Annual Meeting

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Despite this diversity the focus chosen for the year concerns the problem of global climate change. One of the plenary sessions involved a presentation by representatives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Academic Integrity: It's What's Missing at the AAR

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

If a few bad apples aren't reason enough for the AAR to adopt its own Code of Ethics, perhaps the reminder that a scholar is not just a researcher, but a mentor to future generations will be.

How to Find the Secular at The American Academy of Religion

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

The nonreligious and the secular are a significant part of American society and no discussion of religion and society is complete if secularity is ignored.

Scholars of Religion Gather for Annual Meeting

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Six years ago at the AAR/SBL it amazed me that no one was talking about declining participation in American Christianity. Now I feel like we are part of a larger conversation about how the church can reach a new generation.

Hyatt Hotels and the AAR/SBL: An Ethicist and a Biblical Scholar Walk Past A Boycott

Lillian Daniel | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

At a time when trust in religious organizations is at an all time low, it gives me hope that the professors who train the next generation of religious leaders are practicing what they preach.

At American Academy of Religion Conference, Dharmic Religions Have A Bigger Place

Philip Goldberg | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Dharma Academy of North America scholars attempt to view the Indic religions on their own traditional terms, not just through the methods and categories of Western scholarship. It is now the largest additional symposium at AAR.

Questions Can Set The Truth Free

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 01.17.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

When it comes to the discussion of religion -- or, for my theological colleagues, the discussion of doctrine -- no questions should be pulled off the table. We need questions to keep us honest.

Halloween And Samhain: Secular And Sacred Celebrations

Grove Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Grove Harris

Halloween, or Samhain, is celebrated in many ways, some religious, some spiritual and many secular. It is a religious holiday that has entered the general American cultural ethos.