Bulletin for the Study of Religion 2022-06-15T23:48:29+00:00 Richard Newton Open Journal Systems <div> <p>The<em> Bulletin</em> began life in 1971 as the <em>CSSR Bulletin</em>. The journal<em> </em>publishes articles that address religion in general, the history of the field of religious studies, method and theory in the study of religion, and pedagogical practices. The Bulletin is unique in that it offers a forum for various academic voices to debate and reflect on the ever-changing state of the field, and insofar as it encourages scholars continually to engage meta-level questions at the leading edge of inquiry. <a href="">Read more about the journal.</a></p> </div> The 1970s—New Directions for the CSR 2022-05-13T13:56:33+00:00 Douglas Sturm <p>In its earliest iteration, the Bulletin (or The Council on the Study of Religion Bulletin as it was known then), was a central publication in the development of the burgeoning North American field. Its combination of the profession’s news and scholars’ critical reflections helped to usher in many of the frameworks within which contemporary scholars carry out their work. This 1976 piece by Douglas Sturm helps to contextualize the myriad considerations central to an institution’s health. We trust that today’s readers will see that though some of the acronyms and players have changed, many of the concerns remain.</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The 1980s—Preserving Our Scholarly Heritage 2022-05-13T13:58:27+00:00 Claude Welch <p>The wide readership of the CSSR Bulletin positioned the publication as an excellent place to address pressing matters in the field. In a 1988 issue, Claude Welch sounded the alarm about the depreciating shelf life of library resources upon which scholars depend. In addition to a call to action, Welch shared about a collaboration between scholars and member group, the American Theological Library Association, to capture these works to fiche—a process that presages the book-scanning and pdfs upon which many of us depend.</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The 1990s—Rethinking American Religious History 2022-05-13T14:00:02+00:00 Albert J Raboteau David W Wills <p>Like many fields, the academic study of religion has under-gone a number of intellectual turns. The ethnological turn of the late twentieth century challenged scholars to rethink the normative histories upon which our intellectual history is built. The study of “Black Religion” has played a key role in modeling this kind of interrogation. In a 1991 issue of the CSSR Bulletin, Albert J. Raboteau and David W. Wills presented a report on a collaborative, grant funded project to enrich scholars’ archival and methodological resources for thinking about “Afro-American religious history,” and “American religious history” more broadly. Additionally, the online presence of their work is among the earliest examples of open-source scholarship in the academic study of religion (</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The 2000s—Reflections on Teaching about September 11 2022-05-13T14:11:28+00:00 Russell T McCutcheon Craig Prentiss <p>As we carry our work in the midst of the pivotal geo-political moment that is the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Bulletin, thought it pertinent to consider the reflections of scholars during another, albeit different, crisis moment—that of the terrorist attack in the United States that took place on September 11, 2001. Below we include the editorial note (with minimal alteration for clarity) that introduced some reflections published at the time.</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The 2010s—Genealogies of Religion, Twenty Years On 2019-11-27T12:34:25+00:00 Craig Martin Talal Asad <p>For most of its history, the Bulletin has provided a conversational space for sitting with provocative thinkers who have helped scholars reimagine the possibilities of what we do in the field. To commemorate our fiftieth anniversary, we have reprinted a popular exchange between former-Bulletin editor and now-Bulletin advisory board member, Craig Martin and anthropologist Talal Asad. The following conversation comes from Bulletin 43.1 (2014):</p> 2022-07-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Lost Column of Reed M. N. Weep 2022-05-13T14:13:48+00:00 Alumno Sinllanto <p>Congratulations to the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, which has reached the golden age when it can join AARP! This used to stand for the American Association of Retired Persons, but now it is just the noise you make to let someone know you are in need of the Heimlich Maneuver. But I digress. I, Alumno Sinllanto, have been invited to participate in the celebration of this auspicious milestone as the chief, and indeed only, student of one of the Bulletin’s most influential contributors, Reed M. N. Weep. In columns published between 1997 and 2011, Professor Weep exposed the craven lies that we tell ourselves in the academic study of religion, and he told a few jokes. With his mysterious disappearance in 2011, a unique voice was silenced. In fact, a grand total of two readers have told me that his column was the first thing they turned to in the Bulletin, which was 100 per cent of that periodical’s subscriber base at the time.</p> <p>Those readers, if they are still alive themselves, will be happy to learn that Professor Weep’s voice actually has not quite been silenced. As a graduate assistant at a large mid-western university, along with the menial and demeaning tasks I was usually assigned, I was given the high honor by the department chair of organizing the papers in Professor Weep’s office after he had absconded. I believe his exact words were “Get rid of this worthless crap.” Little did he know that in the “worthless crap” I would find a valuable gem, a never before published column by the man himself. Professor Weep told me that, when he was in graduate school, a musicology student discovered a previously unknown piano concerto by Franz Liszt, which was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “Those of us who claimed in our dissertations to have found something new,” the story concluded, “were toast.” Now, I, Alumno Sinllanto, find myself in the same enviable position as that musicologist: You grad students can eat your hearts out. Below the column is reproduced in its entirety, unchanged except for normalizing the spelling for the modern reader.</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The 1980s—In Quest of Computer Literacy 2022-05-13T14:15:57+00:00 Robert A Kraft <p>The CSR Bulletin and CSSR Bulletin of the 1980s continued to press the case for a publication in tune with the various offices where scholars carry out their work. Some of the pieces will quickly strike readers as being very much of their time; others, especially prescient. In this fiftieth anniversary issue, we present a piece that may accomplish both. This 1984 piece by Robert A. Kraft is one of the earliest essays in the field on the role computers do and can play in religious studies scholarship. In many ways, “In Quest of Computer Literacy” is the spiritual predecessor to Kraft’s later CSSR Bulletin column, Offline, and today’s Bulletin feature, The Download. Later in this issue, Jeri Wieringa shares with us her reflections on the ideas Kraft has laid out here.</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The 2020s—The Download on Computer Literacy in 1984 with Dr. Jeri Wieringa 2022-05-13T14:17:57+00:00 Emma Welch <p>Beginning in 2020, the Bulletin feature known as The Download has been readers’ guide to the increasingly digital study of religion. For this issue, editorial assistant Emma Welch sat down with The Download’s Jeri Wieringa to discuss Robert A. Kraft’s “In Quest of Computer Literacy” and the legacy of the Bulletin series, Offline. Wieringa remarks on how the concept of computer literacy has evolved as a result of technological advancements and notes the subsequent challenges present in this new digital age.</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Coherence, Professionalization, and the Critical Study of Religion 2021-10-04T21:43:51+00:00 Matthew Goff <p>This short essay critically engages Claude Welch's Graduate Education in Religion (1971). For Welch the central challenge for the field of religious studies was to establish its “identity” in a post-Schempp world, referring to the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case that endorsed the study of religion in U.S. higher education. Now the study of religion is firmly established in universities as part of the humanities. As such religion departments should respond to the broader crisis in the humanities. This article lays out some provisional recommendations, as Welch did in the early 70s.</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Reinventing the Study of Religion 2022-05-13T14:19:48+00:00 Matt Sheedy <p>.</p> 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Editorial—The Bulletin at 50?, You Don’t Look a Day Over 52 2022-05-11T06:21:28+00:00 Richard Newton 2022-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd.