Comment from: Randall Jennings [Visitor]
For anyone truly interested in an some groundbreaking work in Anthropology regarding religion in general and christianity in particular, I recommend works by Rene Girard.
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Comment from: Madalina Florescu [Visitor]
There is a lively debate going on in African studies on whether religion can be defined at all and whether religion is an appropriate analytical category for an anthropological approach to imagination in African contexts. This debate points out that an overlooked aspect in studies of religion is the nexus between religion and politics studied within historically specific contexts. The reference is the latest issue of the journal Africa. I would also like to add that the distinction between Christianity and Islam belongs to a Western European narrative of a Western European identity as “civilised". Also, can someone explain why is Girard “too” Christian? In relation to what kind of atheism?
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Thanks for your comment, Madalina. Regarding Girard, this was only my impression after quickly scanning the interviews. His relation to Christianity (or rather Catholicism) is discussed in Wikipedia ("The accurate relationship of Girard’s thought with both Christian faith and science is hard to explain.") Also check the book excerpt below the interview. The “We” he uses seems to mean “We Christians” and I wonder what he thinks about Islam in this excerpt?
I also think that with the focus on Islamic traditions and movements, the wide and also very dynamic field of Christian movements and currents is neglected. I think because of the media and political public focused on Islamic movements, other religious movements arise and exists are hidden. In many fields the influence of religious factors can be observed. Whether this relates to creationism, the debates about abortion or other similar topics. These themes can be hardly open up, for example, without the involvement of evangelicals and / or Pentecostal movements, with their concepts and practices. The scientific analysis of the broad field of religion is far too exciting and a restriction of the field sad. I hope it will be more research about Christian movements, without displacing on the other side other research fields.
Sorry for my English but I’m out of practice. Regards, Marcus.