Yeti or Not! Here We Come!

Daniel C. Taylor begins his book “Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery” with a story about footprints. More specifically, he begins with an account of the pseudoscientification of animal prints (usually snow leopard or bear) in the Himalayas into the now well-worn tales of the abominable snowman said to haunt the reaches of Mt. Everest […]

The Chosen One and You

We live in rude times. But for those of use in the United States, an oppressive wave of individualism (culminating in the persona of Donald Trump) has been riding out our cultural commentary and news media for the past several years. Oppressive Individualism is nothing new to the West, however. It’s cropped up before in […]

Ignorance is Not Purity

I saw this article posted on someone else’s page and there are two reasons I am responding to it. 1.) As a scholar of religion who analyzes the use of symbols and practices as a profession and 2.) because I was made deeply happy to see other Christians responding to it critically. We need to […]

Apocalypse Now and Then

In response to a noticeable number of recent articles and social media posts I’ve been getting; asking some permutation of the question “why does this religion believe/do/espouse this terrible thing?”, I feel the need to reiterate an important point. Let us not forget that religion is distinctly emergent from the people who practice it. Religious […]