Scripturalization: A Theory of the Politics of Language

Keynote Lecture by Vincent Wimbush, Founding Director, Institute for Signifying Scriptures

Wimbush is author or editor of more than twelve books, including White Men’s Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2012); MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference (OUP, 2013); Theorizing Scriptures […]

Audio online for Recent Seeing the Light Discussion

Graduate students Erin Johnston and George Laufenberg offered comments on the book followed by a response from the author. Listen Now

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Seeing the Light: The Social Logic of Personal Discovery

Sociology Graduate Student Erin Johnston and Anthropology Graduate Student George Laufenberg
will offer responses to the new book by Thomas DeGloma, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York

The theme of personal awakening is a feature of […]

Panel Discussion on “Becoming Unorthodox” by Lynn Davidman

Panel Discussion on Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews by Lynn Davidman, University of Kansas, with comments by Leora Batnitzky, Hendrik Hartog, and Stanley Katz, Princeton University, and a response by the author

Ferguson: The Community Responds

The Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University sponsors a panel discussion on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of Michael Brown.

Why is a black body in motion considered a threat?
Is it appropriate to provision police […]

Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in Kansas and Texas

Center Director and Gerhard R. Andlinger ’52 Professor of Sociology Robert Wuthnow lectures on religion and politics in Kansas and Texas, drawing on two of his recent books: Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland (2011) and Rough […]

Prospects for the Study of Dunhuang Manuscripts: The Next 20 Years: A Conference

Research papers will be presented in all fields of Dunhuang manuscript studies, including those reflecting on the general theme of promising avenues of research in the next 20 years. 32 papers will be presented during 9 panels. Papers will be […]

From Biology to Biography: The Ascent to Spiritual Awareness

Lecture by William Hurlbut, MD

Co-sponsored with the Center of Theological Inquiry.

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As evolutionary theory has become the unifying principle of interpretation of the organic world, it has raised difficult questions about the source […]

Taking Meditation Seriously (But Not Too Much)

Buddhist Studies Workshop with Georges B. J. Dreyfus

There’s Nothing Special about Religion

A discussion of the cognitive science of religion with Paul Bloom. Co-sponsored with the Center of Theological Inquiry

“Most people believe in deities, immaterial souls, life after death, and the divine creation of humans and other animals. Research from developmental psychology […]