The Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge is accepting applications for six postdoc fellowships in relation to a new project, The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture.Read the rest of Postdoc fellowship: The Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Culture.
Justin Reynolds is a Ph.D Candidate in the History Department at Columbia University. He works in modern European and American intellectual history and is writing a dissertation on theologies of history in the early Cold War.
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For years, the German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt has been excavating an 11,600-year-old assemblage of carved pillars at Göbekli Tepe in southeast Turkey. His discoveries, reports Charles C. Mann in National Geographic, are making some question whether it was religion that first prompted humans to settle down and start civilizing themselves.Read the rest of Religion first, then civilization.
Thanks to the efforts of sociologist Phil Zuckerman, this fall Pitzer College in California will become the first undergraduate institution in the country to offer a major in secularism, The New York Times reports.Read the rest of Pitzer College to add “secular studies” major.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that crucifixes are acceptable in public school classrooms. Reversing an earlier decision, the court found no evidence that “the display of such a symbol on classroom walls might have an influence on pupils.” All 47 countries of the Council of Europe are obliged to obey the decision.Read the rest of Go-ahead for classroom crucifixes in Europe.
In The New Republic, Isaac Chotiner reviews Stefan Collini’s latest book, which asks what it means to give offense and to feel offended. It also explores how “offensive” speech ought to be dealt with in the public sphere—a recurring issue whenever liberals criticize, or try to figure out how to respond to criticism of, religious beliefs and practices.Read the rest of Stefan Collini on offense.
Over at U.S. Intellectual History, Andrew Hartman wants to know why, starting the 1970s, the Christian Right came to see “secular humanism” as a religion in its own right. He writes that we need “an intellectual history of the Christian Right’s critique of secular humanism,” for a number of reasons.Read the rest of Secular humanism, the Christian Right, and progressive education.
Olivier Roy, writing in the New Statesman, argues that the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa show how secular Islam has become in the region.Read the rest of “The embourgeoisement of the Islamists”: Olivier Roy on the uprisings.
“January 28th marked a major rupture in Egyptian history: it is the day Egyptians truly broke the fear barrier created by Mubarak’s regime,” SSRC-IDRF fellow Mohamed Elshahed writes. He goes on to discuss how the protesters have overcome Mubarak’s divide-and-rule tactics and brought the country one step closer to realizing its “potential.”Read the rest of Breaking the fear barrier in Egypt.