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2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins11/19/2011
Meeting Ends11/22/2011

Call for Papers Opens: 1/25/2011
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2011

Requirements for Participation

Redescribing Christian Origins


Program Unit Type: Group
Accepting Papers? No

Call For Papers: For the 2011 annual meeting, the Redescribing Early Christianity Group examines Stanley Stowers’ theory of religion as articulated in some of his most recent publications, including “The Ontology of Religion,” in Introducing Religion (Eqinox, 2008) and “ The Concepts of ‘Religion,’ ‘Political Religion’ and the Study of Nazism,” in the Journal of Contemporary History (Vol. 42, 2007). Here, religion is imagined as a constellation of variously linked social practices (i.e., doings and sayings, including thinking and believing) which involve certain understandings or intelligibilities relating to a distinct class of imagined beings (i.e., gods, ancestors, spirits) or other anthropomorphizing interpretations of the world. The Group envisions two sessions, both featuring invited papers only. The first session, on the theme of “Disaggregating the Concept of Community,” explores both the theoretical and practical implications of Stower’s concept of religion, with papers on The Gospel of Thomas and the Didache. The second session, on the theme of “Redescribing Matthew’s Social Practice,” features papers engaging Stower’s theory of religion as a means of illuminating selected aspects of the Gospel of Matthew. Stowers is respondent in both sessions.

Program Unit Chairs

Barry S. Crawford
Christopher R. Matthews

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