Pagans and Things: Idolatry or Materiality?

Authors

  • Amy Whitehead The Open University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v12i1.96

Keywords:

Idolatry, materiality, Paganism

Abstract

Although Michael York's work on idolatry is important to the study of Paganism, I see the word itself as problematic and provocative. Instead, I opt for the term "materiality" as being more neutral and pointing toward more expansive possibilities.

Author Biography

Amy Whitehead, The Open University

PhD candidate

References

Harvey, Graham. Animism: Respecting the Living World. London: Hurst, 2005.

Pels, Peter. “The Modern Fear of Matter: Reflections on the Protestantism of Victorian Science,” Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief 4, no. 3 (2008): 264-83.

Whitehead, Amy. “The Goddess and the Virgin: Materiality in Western Europe.” The Pomegranate 10, no. 2 (2009): 163-183.

York, Michael. “Idolatry, Ecology and the Sacred as Tangible.” The Pomegranate 12, no. 1 (2010): 74-93.

Published

2011-01-11

How to Cite

Whitehead, A. (2011). Pagans and Things: Idolatry or Materiality?. Pomegranate, 12(1), 96–102. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v12i1.96

Issue

Section

Special Section: Idolatry and Materiality