Wei Zhu

Wei Zhu is a program associate for the SSRC program on Religion and the Public Sphere and an editorial associate for The Immanent Frame. He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics and in International Relations. He tweets at @newyorkwei.

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

David Gushee shifts on homosexuality

On November 8, David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor at Mercer University, leading evangelical ethicist, and TIF contributor, will give the keynote speech at The Reformation Project Conference (which “seeks to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity”) and affirm his support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Pope Francis reaffirms belief in evolution

Addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on October 27, Pope Francis stated that not only are the Big Bang and evolution consistent with God and creation, but in fact require a divine presence.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

CFP: Religion, Gender and Body Politics

The “Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives” project has announced its final conference, initiated and coordinated by Anne-Marie Korte (Utrecht University) and Adriaan van Klinken (University of Leeds).

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Futures of the American Religious Past

On January 3, 2015, as part of the winter meeting of American Society for Church History, four interlocutors will speak on TIF contributor John Lardas Modern‘s book Secularism in Antebellum America, and Mark Noll’s book America’s God, with comments from both authors.

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

A “pastoral earthquake” in Rome?

On October 13th, the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, an assembly convened by Pope Francis, released a relatio post disceptationem—a snapshot of the discussion thus far—that has triggered much coverage and debate across the media landscape. The document seems to signal a softening stance on, among others things, divorce, homosexuality, and unmarried cohabitation.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

A response to Borja Vilallonga

Over at his Academia.edu page, Thomas Pfau responds to Borja Vilallonga’s review of his book Minding the Modern.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Religious exemption in the National Football League

During last night’s victory over the New England Patriots, Kansas City safety Husain Abdullah, a practicing Muslim who once missed the entire 2012 season for the pilgrimage to Mecca, intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and returned it for a touchdown. After scoring, he was penalized for unsportsmanlike conductspecifically excessive celebration in the form of “going to the groundfor sliding to his knees and praying.

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Friday, September 26th, 2014

Egypt’s uncertain future

Since the resignation of former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egypt has experienced significant turmoil, from temporary rule by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to the military coup that led to the election of current president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

CFP: Religious and Political Values

On November 26-28, 2014, Adyan and the Lebanese American University will host a conference on “Religious and Political Values” in Byblos, Lebanon.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

On Religious-Secular Alliances

In the most recent issue of The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) Quarterly, TIF contributor Slavica Jakelić, in an excerpt from her book manuscript The Practice of Religious and Secular Humanisms, argues that in order to understand the moral foundation and democratic potential of religious-secular alliances, it is important to move beyond the discourse of power.

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The complicated case of Narendra Modi’s visa

Monday, May 12th, marked the ninth and final phase of India’s general elections, and the results announced in coming hours will likely declare Narendra Modi as India’s prime minister. Modi, the candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance, would then lead the world largest democracy—one with a staggering 814.5 million registered voters—but has been denied entry into ours: for almost a decade, the Department of State has banned Modi from entering the United States. Looking back at how this came to be highlights the uneven history of religious freedom as part of American foreign policy.

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

Christianity grows in China

Over at The Telegraph, Tom Phillips writes about the rapid growth of Christianity in China.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Charter of Quebec Values derailed

On April 7th the Quebec Liberal Party won a majority government in the 41st Quebec general election, with incumbent Parti Québécois, and its controversial Charter of Quebec Values, finishing second.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Four patriarchs and a Baptist preacher

A brief glance back at the history of Ukraine reveals a religiously diverse assortment of leaders.

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Varieties of Religious Establishment

In a recently published edited volume, Varieties of Religious Establishment, editors Winnifred Fallers Sullivan and Lori G. Beaman asks contributors to think about religion in public life by considering varieties of religious establishment, rather than of religious freedom.

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

Securing the Sacred: Religion, National Security, and the Western State

In his new book, Securing the Sacred, Robert M. Bosco examines how secular states attempt to understand and engage religious ideas and actors in the name of national security.

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Monday, March 10th, 2014

Scientology as religion

As part of the discussion and workshop on “Beyond Critique,” Lorenzo Zucca, Reader in Jurisprudence at King’s College London, writes about the definition of religion as it relates to Scientology.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Are academics cloistered?

Recently, The New York Times published an article by Nicholas Kristof that lamented how academics, cloistered like medieval monks, have retreated from the public policy arena. Kristof cites a few institutional reasons for this phenomenon, including the decline in humanities funding, but also critiques academics for marginalizing themselves. The column has, unsurprisingly, triggered a debate among academics, policy-makers, and journalists about the merits of Kristof’s arguments, as well as potential causes and solutions.

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

CFP: Rethinking Political Catholicism

On May 22-23, 2014, John Cabot University, as part of its Summer Institute for Religion and Global Politics will host an international conference entitled “Rethinking Political Catholicism: Empirical and Normative Perspectives.”

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The forgotten story of the Flushing Remonstrance

Walking down Bowne Street in Flushing, Queens, you may see a most interesting sign. “Bowne House; Built in 1661,” it reads, “A National Shrine to Religious Freedom.” Flushing is known for many things—the New York Mets, for example, or its Chinatown. It is not, however, known for being the location of one of the first debates over religious conscience and tolerance in the American colonies.

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Secularism and secularity at the AAR

At the upcoming annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, to be held November 23-26 in Baltimore, a new program unit on “Secularism and Secularity” will sponsor four sessions.

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Monday, November 18th, 2013

Buddhism in context

For Tricycle, an independent Buddhist publication, Linda Heuman interviews David McMahan, scholar of Buddhism and modernity, and author of The Making of Buddhist Modernism.

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Postdoctoral fellowship on religion and secularism

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced the theme for the 2014-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

What is religion in China? A brief history

The complex and ever-changing relationship between the Chinese state and the nation’s religions stretches back thousands of years. While the state never struggled with religious leaders for power, it governed an embedded religiosity in the population, one best described as diffused, non-exclusive, and pluralistic. As a companion to The Immanent Frame’s newly launched series of essays on the state of religion in China, this piece embarks on a brief historical survey, outlining the wide variety of beliefs and practices that religion in China encapsulates, and paying particular attention to the events and philosophies that have shaped the policies of the atheist People’s Republic of China.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

CFP: Religion and the Liberal Order

The Transatlantic Academy is seeking candidates to serve as resident Fellows from September 2014-June 2015 to examine the research theme, Religion and the Liberal Order.

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Opening at the Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation seeks a Program Officer for its work on religion in the public sphere.

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Department of State launches Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives

Following on talk of earlier plans to create a new “office of religious engagement,” the Department of State has formally launched the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives.

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Digital publishing and the academic study of religion

Over at The Huffington Post, Norris J. Chumley writes on the growing influence of online forums and journals in the academic world of religion.

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Monday, May 6th, 2013

CFP: Bridging Voices

The British Council has recently announced the launch of Bridging Voices, a grants program aimed at promoting improved understanding of the role religion plays in public life and international affairs through a series of transatlantic academic and policy dialogues and outreach activities.

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Citizenship and minorities in Egypt

Over at Jadaliyya, Mona Oraby addresses the relationship between religious affiliation and national belonging in an article on citizenship debates in Egypt.

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Program assistant openings at the SSRC

The Social Science Research Council is currently seeking program assistants in two of its Africa programs.

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

Praying on Twitter

Over at Religion Dispatches, New Directions in the Study of Prayer Grantee Peter Manseau talks about the use of Twitter as a venue for prayer.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI resigns

In a surprising announcement, Pope Benedict XVI stated on Monday that would resign at the end of the month.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Conference: After Secularization

On March 1st and 2nd, 2013, the Social Science Research Council and the University of California Humanities Research Institute will co-sponsor a conference at the University of California, Irvine entitled “After Secularization.”

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013

The alienation of religion from the left

Noting that “nearly all of the white Americans who drifted away from organized religion in the last few decades were liberals,” Claude Fischer worries worries that this is problematic for both the left and the right.

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

Religious right in the United Kingdom?

Over at Theos, a British think tank working in the area of religion, politics and society, recently released a new report asking: “Is there a ‘Religious Right’ emerging in Britain?

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Monday, January 28th, 2013

Where are the “new evangelicals” going?

Writing in Religious Dispatches, Sarah Posner tackles TIF’s recent exchange on “The new evangelicals,” specifically the lead essay by Marcia Pally.

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Religion fellowships for journalists

This month, the International Reporting Project at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies announced two new religion fellowships for journalists.

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Humanities

Brown University’s Department of Religious Studies has just announced a new fellowship.

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Friday, January 4th, 2013

Faith, modernity and Holy Ignorance

At Foreign Affairs, Karen Barkey looks at Oliver Roy‘s book Holy Ignorance.

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Friday, December 14th, 2012

Morsi’s moves

On November 21st, a Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took effect, bringing an end to eight days of particularly fierce fighting between the two.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012

CFP: Religion in modern democracies

From June 3rd to June 7th, 2013, the Forum Scientiarum of Tübingen University, will host an interdisciplinary summer school on the work of Charles Taylor.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Conference on René Girard and international relations

On May 23-24, 2013, the University of Central Lancashire will convene a conference on “Politics, Violence and the Sacred: Exploring René Girard’s thought in Security and International Studies.”

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon

The Los Angeles Review of Books recently reviewed TIF editor-at-large Kathryn Lofton’s book Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon.

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The discourse of Islamic militancy

Over at ISLAMiCommentary, TIF contributor Mbaye Lo sees a clear disconnect and calls for a retrospective analysis in the wake of the furor created by the film Innocence of Muslims.

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Religion and the election

Several months ago, it seemed religion might be a notable factor in the 2012 presidential election.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Mark Lilla reviews The Unintended Reformation

Over at The New RepublicMark Lilla reviews historian Brad S. Gregory’s latest book, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Jesus’ wife?

Two days ago, Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School, identified a scrap of papyrus in which Jesus speaks of “his wife,” the first time Jesus has explicitly referred to a wife.

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Friday, September 14th, 2012

Death in the Middle East: What happens next?

On the 11th anniversary of the September 11, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya were attacked amidst protests over a trailer for a purported film entitled Innocence of Muslims.

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Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Time Out interview with Tariq Ramadan

Over at Tim Out Chicago, the website has conducted a short interview with Tariq Ramadan, the influential Swiss public intellectual who has been a both criticized and praised for his work on Islamic theology.

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