John D. Boy

John D. Boy is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center and an instructional technology fellow in the Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York, as well as a contributing editor at The Immanent Frame and an associate editor for Frequencies. His work is on religion and secularity, social theory, and historical sociology. For his dissertation, he is investigating the so-called church-planting movement and its impact on the religious landscape of the European metropolis.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Political backlash and the rise of “nones”

In an article that appears in the open access online journal Sociological Science, sociologists Michael Hout and Claude Fisher take a look at the relationship between religious disaffiliation and backlash against right-wing religio-political movements.

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Debating secularities

In H-Soz-u-Kult, Susanne Kimmig-Voelkner reports from the closing conference of the University of Leipzig-based program on “Secularities: Configurations and Developmental Paths.”

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Monday, August 26th, 2013

CFP: Post-Secularism Between Public Reason and Political Theology

Guest Editors Camil Ungureanu and Lasse Thomassen are requesting submissions for a special issue of the journal The European Legacy scheduled for late 2014.

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Egypt’s 18th Brumaire

In an essay published in the New York Times, Sheri Berman sees history repeating itself, tragically and farcically, in Egypt.

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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Essays on Religion in Human Evolution

Cambridge University Press is currently offering free access to the three essays in the review symposium on Robert Bellah’s Religion in Human Evolution from the December 2012 issue of the European Journal of Sociology.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Upcoming talks by Robert Bellah

Robert Bellah, the eminent American sociologist whose latest book, Religion in Human Evolution, was the subject of a recent discussion series on this blog, will be delivering two talks in the coming week.

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Friday, November 30th, 2012

Islamophobia and antisemitism in Europe

The latest issue of the journal of the Jewish Museum Berlin features an article by Yasemin Shooman, a German historian, comparing anti-Muslim racism (Islamophobia) and antisemitism.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A postcolonial genealogy of secularism and sexuality

A public lecture recently delivered by Saba Mahmood at the London School of Economics entitled “Secularism, Religion and Sexuality: A Postcolonial Genealogy” is now available as an audio podcast.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Subjects, spirituality, and smoking: An interview with Hubert Knoblauch

After discussing the general contours of the sociology of religion in Germany today (see part 1), I had a chance to ask Hubert Knoblauch about some of his own research. In recent years, Knoblauch, who works in the phenomenological tradition started by Alfred Schütz, has been preoccupied with spirituality, popular religion, and near-death experiences.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The view from Berlin: An interview with Hubert Knoblauch

Hubert Knoblauch is a professor of sociology at the Technical University of Berlin, where he specializes in general sociological theory, sociology of knowledge, and the sociology of religion. A student of Thomas Luckmann, he is among the most distinguished representatives of the sociology of religion in Germany today. This summer, we sat down together over some of Berlin’s famously bad Indian food to discuss the sociology of religion in Germany, the influence of Jürgen Habermas, the meaning of spirituality, and ways to quit smoking.

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Monday, September 24th, 2012

New journal: Critical Research on Religion

Sage Publishers has announced the launch of Critical Research on Religion.

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

People make religions and religions make people

In How to Believe, a blog on “great works of religion and philosophy” hosted by The Guardian, Andrew Brown has been writing about Robert Bellah’s Religion in Human Evolution.

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The end of postcolonialism

The London-based publisher Zed Books recently released Hamid Dabashi’s The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism (distributed in the U.S. by Macmillan).

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Monday, May 21st, 2012

Muhammad Asad and the concept of an Islamic politics

In a talk prepared last year for a symposium on the life and work of his father, the anthropologist Talal Asad lays out Muhammad Asad’s intellectual contribution.

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Monday, May 14th, 2012

The graduation wars

In Il Sussidiario, Michael Sean Winters gives his opinion on the recent controversies surrounding commencement speakers invited to Catholic institutions of higher education.

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Friday, May 11th, 2012

The season of revolution

The online journal Interface: A Forum for and about Social Movements dedicates much of its most recent issue to the “Arab Spring.”

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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Contingency, divinity, and revelation

In The New Inquiry, Adam Kotsko reviews Quentin Meillassoux’s The Number and the Siren, a study of Mallarmé’s last poem, Un Coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hasard (A Throw of Dice Will Never Abolish Chance).

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Experiences with evangelical congregations

In The New Yorker, Joan Acocella gives a favorable review of Tanya M. Luhrmann’s When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Durkheim and belief

This Friday, March 30, at 12:30pm, the Committee for the Study of Religion at the City University of New York Graduate Center is hosting a lecture by Steven Lukes with the title “Is Durkheim’s Understanding of Religion Compatible with Believing?” The lecture marks the centenary of the publication of Émile Durkheim’s classical work, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

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Monday, March 26th, 2012

Public religions and the postsecular

The latest issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion contains the presidential address of British sociologist James Beckford. In it, Beckford critically reflects on the concepts of public religion and the postsecular.

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Monday, March 19th, 2012

Israel, secularism, and democracy

At Harvard Law School, faculty members Noah Feldman and Duncan Kennedy recently debated the question “Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic?”

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Imagining radical refusal

In Reviews in Cultural Theory, Erin Wunker reviews Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory, and Postsecular Modernity by Simon During.

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Monday, March 12th, 2012

Religious foreclosures: where religion and finance meet

Reuters reports that banks in the U.S. are foreclosing on churches in record numbers.

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Friday, March 9th, 2012

The religious affiliation of international migrants

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life published yesterday a new report, “Faith on the Move: The Religious Affiliation of International Migrants.”

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012

#OccupyLSX and the church

Following the recent eviction of the Occupy London encampment outside St. Paul’s Cathedral, Joseph Cottrell-Boyce argues that the episode illustrates the church’s growing irrelevance.

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The Amish Madoff

The New York Times reports on a member of an Amish community in Ohio accused of running a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme involving numerous fellow believers that wiped out 16 million dollars in savings.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Reconceiving human life

Fred Clark on evangelicals and the view that human life begins at conception.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The NYPD’s religious profiling

Ta-Nehisi Coates comments on the New York Police Department’s profiling of Muslim student populations throughout the northeastern U.S.

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Missions and church-planting in Europe

Last month, Eurochurch.net published a report on the state of missional church-planting activities in Europe authored by Darrell Jackson and Tim Herbert.

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

The karate philosopher

Eduardo Mendieta, who has conducted interviews with Cornel West and Jürgen Habermas for The Immanent Frame, was recently interviewed by New APPS.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Globalization and secularization

In the latest issue of the European Journal of Sociology, José Casanova reviews two recent works by eminent British sociologists: Religion and Modern Society by Bryan Turner and The Future of Christianity by David Martin.

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Monday, February 13th, 2012

Religion and the body

The Scholar & Feminist Online, an e-journal published by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, recently launched a special issue on religion and the body.

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Friday, February 10th, 2012

The cry for immanence

Today begins a discussion series at the collaborative theology blog An und für sich on Daniel Barber’s recent book, On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity. Daniel Whisper from the University of Liverpool makes the start in the AUFS series.

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

After the secular age

Just out from Verso Press, Simon Critchley’s The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology investigates the role of religion in the postsecular twenty-first century.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Eagleton against reluctant nonbelief

Reviewing Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists for the Guardian, Terry Eagleton expresses his distaste for the tradition of “reluctant nonbelief”—thinkers who do not themselves believe, but find some sort of social utility in belief.

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

CFP: Speculation, philosophy, and the end of religion

call for papers for a conference on “Thinking the Absolute” at Liverpool Hope University in the UK, June 29–July 1, 2012, co-sponsored by the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion.

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

#OccupyWallSt, spirituality, and faith

On September 17, protesters heeded the call to occupy Wall Street and set up camp in a semi-public park in downtown Manhattan’s Financial District that is once again known as Liberty Plaza. In the roughly three weeks since the Occupy Wall Street protests began, several commentators have begun reflecting on the place of faith in the movement. The meditation area on Liberty Plaza is only the most overt of the influences of faith or spirituality on the protest movement.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Frequencies, twenty transmissions in

Today marks the twentieth entry in Frequencies.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Methods for the study of religion

The Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at the University of Kent in the UK recently launched an online training resource on research methods in the study of religion.

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Friday, September 23rd, 2011

America plus nothing

But Sweet Heaven When I Die is, first and foremost, a book about loss, about death, transience, neglect, and quitting. These are the recurring themes in almost every one of the book’s thirteen chapters. The loss of the American west to real estate developers, the loss of a beloved uncle to a meaningless war, the killing of veteran activist Brad Will in Oaxaca in 2006, the neglect of the Yiddish language and its masterful authors, or the devastation of a writer failing to find an audience. In one chapter, Sharlet notes that all things we become invested in and pin our identities on have a half-life. With his consciousness of the inevitable decay befalling all things, Sharlet proves he has taken Cornel West’s lesson of the “death shudder” to heart. “To learn how to die in this way,” Sharlet quotes West in a chapter on the philosopher, “is to learn how to live.” And although the final chapter of When I Die is called “Born, Again,” Sharlet resists the temptation to end on an upbeat note, leaving us instead with a blues note.

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Monday, September 19th, 2011

The home of the syndrome

Sam McPheeters travels through the Holy Land in search of the “Jerusalem syndrome” for Vice.

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Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The Vatican and the Bolivarian revolution

Last month, Wikileaks released a confidential 2005 U.S. embassy cable that provides an inside perspective on the Vatican’s views of Latin America’s leftward drift in recent years following the election of Hugo Chavez et al. The cable, entitled “Vatican Weary of Leftist Latinos,” summarizes the views of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (then an archbishop) expressed in conversation with the American ambassador.

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Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Milton and the postsecular

In The Huffington Post, Feisal Mohammed offers an excerpt from his new bookMilton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism, published in Stanford University Press’s beautiful “Cultural Memory in the Present” series.

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Friday, May 20th, 2011

Physicists making religion headlines

Ever since he told a Guardian reporter last weekend that the idea of an afterlife is a “fairy story,” Stephen Hawking has been in the religion news. The author of A Brief History of Time isn’t the only physicist making religion headlines. Not long ago, a paper presented at the American Physical Society’s annual meeting led the BBC to report: “Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says.” Finally, the ongoing work on particle physics at CERN prompted its director to tell an interviewer: “we are crossing the boundary between knowledge and belief.”

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Mamdani on the African uprisings

Mahmood Mamdami places the Egyptian revolution and other protest movements in the historical context of popular struggle in Africa.

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Monday, April 11th, 2011

Talking about religion

This Friday, as soon as you are done filing your taxes, consider attending a very interesting event at Marymount Manhattan College called “Talking About Religion: Contested Meanings.” It features two sessions of presentations by scholars of religious studies and anthropology (including Immanent Frame contributor Gil Anidjar) followed by a keynote address by Eugene Gallagher entitled “What is Religion? Who’s Asking?”

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Monday, March 28th, 2011

Debating the Muslim Brotherhood

A few days ago, the Al-Jazeera program Empire assembled a high-profile panel to discuss the future prospects of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. The 25-minute program is available online and worth watching for some background and a diverse array of views on this influential movement in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.

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Monday, March 21st, 2011

Exploring the postsecular city

The New York Times reports on Tony Carnes’ remarkable efforts to map every place of worship in New York City over the course of two years.

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

What we talk about when we talk about the postsecular

The term “postsecular” is quickly becoming a keyword for scholars of religion and public life. So what is it all about? An overview of its uses and meanings.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011

All Arab politics is local

Gilles Kepel writes on a past encounter with Samuel Huntington and current events in the Middle East.

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