rvenkat + religion   14

The Technological Origins of Protestantism, or the Martin Luther Tech Myth | L.M. Sacasas
-- mentions of new books on the reformation
-- McLuhan-ian take on Protestant faith (embodied theology?)
media_studies  history  religion  theology  16th_century  via:noahpinion 
november 2017 by rvenkat
How Social Media Spurred Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar — Refugees Deeply
Did social media _cause_ this violence? Do social media (spur)cause nationalism, in the absence of other socio-political conditions?
asia  burma  ethnic_cleansing  race  discrimination  misinformation  disinformation  nationalism  religion  networked_public_sphere  social_media  extremism  epidemiology  norms  democracy  via:zeynep 
september 2017 by rvenkat
Religious networks roman empire spread new ideas | Ancient history | Cambridge University Press
The first three centuries AD saw the spread of new religious ideas through the Roman Empire, crossing a vast and diverse geographical, social and cultural space. In this innovative study, Anna Collar explores both how this happened and why. Drawing on research in the sociology and anthropology of religion, physics and computer science, Collar explores the relationship between social networks and religious transmission to explore why some religious movements succeed, while others, seemingly equally successful at a certain time, ultimately fail. Using extensive epigraphic data, Collar provides new interpretations of the diffusion of ideas across the social networks of the Jewish Diaspora and the cults of Jupiter Dolichenus and Theos Hypsistos, and in turn offers important reappraisals of the spread of religious innovations in the Roman Empire. This study will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of ancient history, archaeology, ancient religion and network theory.
book  archaelogy  history_of_ideas  epidemiology_of_representations  religion  social_networks  ?  teaching  networks  via:sunstein 
august 2017 by rvenkat
Why are there so many Engineers among Islamic Radicals? - Cambridge Journals Online
This article demonstrates that among violent Islamists engineers with a degree, individuals with an engineering education are three to four times more frequent than we would expect given the share of engineers among university students in Islamic countries. We then test a number of hypotheses to account for this phenomenon. We argue that a combination of two factors – engineers’ relative deprivation in the Islamic world and mindset – is the most plausible explanation.

-- a recent book (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10656.html) discusses the issues in greater depth
islam  extremism  economics  inequality  sociology  religion 
march 2016 by rvenkat
Last Time Conservatives Dismissed Major Encyclical, It Ended Terribly | The New Republic
Interesting primarily because of its sketch of 20th century US conservative thought. The article is more on the response of US Conservative Catholics to the Pope's new Encylclical focusing on Climate Change. This follows the controversial Exhortation in 2013(?).

Its interesting to compare the encyclicals to memos and mission statements released by big corporations and companies.
us_conservative_thought  religion  20th_century  for_friends  political_psychology  to_write 
june 2015 by rvenkat
Hodder, Ian | Department of Anthropology
Has written several books on religion in neolithic societies. His field work is based on tje 9,000 year-old Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in central Turkey.
Religion and the Emergence of Civilization, and The Leopard's Tale.

He is multidisciplinary in his research but I am curious if he belongs to any specific school of archaeology.
archaelogy  anthropologist  religion  history 
june 2015 by rvenkat
Religion in Human Evolution — Robert N. Bellah | Harvard University Press
An interesting work in history(?) by a sociologist, speculates on whether religion is a necessary condition for complex societies to emergence. But empirical evidence (2015 Proc Royal Soc) suggest that complex societies without religion can emerge. But it is not clear whether such societies can be more complex than societies with more formal religious structure.
human_evolution  history  religion  book  sociology 
june 2015 by rvenkat

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