More on Myth, Panentheism, and Participation…

Levi Bryant has posted a few more reflections on myth. I've pasted some of our discussion over on Larval Subjects below. Bryant also recently posted on what he calls "a-theism," and I'm more inclined to follow him at least part way in what he suggests. I have a few caveats, however. I do interpret the [...]

Thinking with Latour and Bellah: Religion beyond Nature and Culture

I'm giving a brief presentation in a course on Christianity and Ecology with Prof. Jacob Sherman on Thursday. In what follows, I'll try to sketch out what I'd like to say. I plan to briefly summarize the cosmotheandric potential of Robert N. Bellah's recent tome, Religion and Human Evolution (2011). Bellah develops an account of the [...]

research papers for graduate courses on Ernst Cassirer and Jean Gebser, and Christianity and Ecology

I'm enrolled in two courses this semester here at CIIS. The first is taught by Prof. Eric Weiss; the second by Prof. Jacob Sherman. We're well into the second week of November already, so its time to start fleshing out my term papers. Weiss' course is on the evolutionary schemes of the 20th century cultural [...]

Work and Play in Human Evolution

At the center of Robert Bellah's 700 page account of the axial turn in the evolution of religion (Religion in Human Evolution, 2011) is a theory of play. The relaxed field generated by playfulness, according to Bellah's richly empirical story, is the source of all human ritual and religion, and indeed of culture more generally. Play is [...]

Religion and Reality in the University: Thinking with Robert N. Bellah

A quote from Bellah's recently published book Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age. I've just started this massive tome, but thus far I think I'm going to really like it. "One could say that if we can no longer glimpse that sacred foundation, the actual university would collapse. For the real [...]