NEWS and NOTES
Vol. V, No. 4
News: Our Present to you...
Due to the hard work of associate faculty member Adair Lummis, our site now has papers presented by international and other scholars at the Association for the Sociology of Religion annual meeting. Papers from the 2004 meeting have been posted on our sociology of religion articles page and include:
*Morality, Mystery, Meaning, and Memory:
Decoding Audience Perceptions of Television and New Religiosity, Wendy K. Martin, Canada
*Who Am I: Identity Tensions among Chinese Intellectual Christians Jianbo Huang
*Methods for exploring primordial elements of youth spirituality, Michael Mason, Australia
*Dying a Martyr’s Death: The Political Culture of Self-Sacrifice in Contemporary Islamists, Babak Rahimi, Italy
*Long and short term values: the different function of long-term church relationships and one-off experiences, Per Pettersson, Sweden
*Religious Conversion to Christianity Among Students from the People’s Republic of China: A Comparative Study, Yuting Wang, Notre Dame
*Everything You Know is Wrong:
How Globalization Undermines Moral Consensus, George Van Pelt Campbell, Grove City College
2003 papers include:
*Religion and Globalization: African Christians in the United States, Abolade Ezekiel Olagoke
*Maintaining Identity: An Examination of Coptic Orthodox Young Adults, Richard Rymarz and Marian de Souza
*Religion, State and Society in Germany and France, Jean-Paul Willaime
Do you need some last minute gifts?
A number of the Institute faculty and former faculty have new books out. So think about these if you need that last minute gift for a religion research enthusiast.
Scott Thumma, Professor of Sociology of Religion at Hartford Seminary, has joined with Edward R. Gray, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Emory University, to edit a new book, Gay Religion. The book looks at the diversity of religious practices among Lesbian and Gay persons in the United States. It is a collection of over 20 ethnographic examinations of this diversity and the challenge it brings to traditional religion in the country. Read more about the book at http://hirr.hartsem.edu/gayreligion/
Former HIRR colleague, Nancy Ammerman, has a new book Pillars of Faith: American Congregations and Their Partners coming out soon based on her research on over 500 congregations with the Institute's Organizing Religious Work Project.
David Roozen, Institute director, and soon to be HIRR member James Neiman also have a book coming out with Eerdmans entitled Church, Identity, and Change: Theology and Denominational Structures in Unsettled Times which is based on the denominational level data from the Organizing Religious Work Project.
What's New on Our Site:
In addition to the above mentioned additions, we have also recently these pages: