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Nova Religio (2018) 21 (4): 38–62.
Published: 01 May 2018
... Cohn’s The Pursuit of the Millennium (1957), which translated older polemical interpretations of religious outsiders into a modern scholarly form, hostile assumptions about Anabaptist violence have found their way into academic debates today. The essay shows that the distorting effects of these kinds of...
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Nova Religio (2020) 24 (1): 55–76.
Published: 29 July 2020
... Medicine pursues practices that would pass without comment in other national contexts, its organization, visibility, and esoteric pursuits make it an easy target for polemics in Australia. This article explores key aspects of The Way of the Livingness and outlines Universal Medicine’s founding and...
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Nova Religio (2015) 19 (2): 5–16.
Published: 01 November 2015
... assume that conspiracy theories indicate pathology—paranoia or simply stupidity. Increasingly however, scholars have begun to interpret the term “conspiracy theory” as operating polemically to stigmatize certain beliefs and ideas. The field therefore offers a microcosm of broader trends in the interplay...
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Nova Religio (2020) 23 (4): 94–110.
Published: 15 April 2020
... expanding, structures have been fought out in bitterly polemical language. Visoko has in recent years morphed into a New Age Mecca, and this Field Notes essay considers the ways in which the site is branded, legitimized, and commoditized. In late September 2019, we had the opportunity to visit Visoko and...
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Nova Religio (2019) 22 (4): 44–59.
Published: 01 May 2019
..., Paganism and Polemic: The Debate over the Origins of Modern Pagan Witchcraft, Folklore 111, no. 1 (April 2000): 110 11. 13 Carole G. Silver, Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 10 15, 29 30. 14 David MacRitchie, Fians, Fairies, and...
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Nova Religio (2019) 22 (3): 6.
Published: 01 February 2019
... second prize has been awarded to is Michael Driedger for his article in vol. 21, no. 4 (May 2018) entitled Thinking inside the Cages: Norman Cohn, Anabaptist Mu¨nster, and Polemically Inspired Assumptions about Apocalyptic Violence. He will also receive a one- year complimentary subscription to Nova...
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Nova Religio (2018) 21 (4): 5–12.
Published: 01 May 2018
... influential book, The Pursuit of the Millennium (1957). This representa- tion Driedger re-places in the broader context of Cohn s other works, as well as in relation to his political-pedagogical aims. Driedger further iden- tifies Cohn s dependence on one particular source: the highly polemical chronicle of...
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Nova Religio (2018) 21 (4): 88–95.
Published: 01 May 2018
... was wrong with the earlier religious polemical literature. Driedger correctly points us to the fact that in calling for a fresh and more focused study of the many pre-Reformation and Reformation movements, each of these authors retain much of the previous frame- work for viewing them that goes back to...
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Nova Religio (2018) 21 (4): 13–37.
Published: 01 May 2018
... to religion before modernity. It is actually instructive to view this impression of premodern Europe historically. A negative view of the medieval Latin-speaking church (eventually called Roman, but not yet Roman Catholic Church) largely began with the polemics of the Protestant Reformation, which...
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Nova Religio (2017) 21 (2): 137–141.
Published: 01 November 2017
... discussion of the relationship between Ghulam Ahmad s prophetic claims and his polemical encounters with Christian missionaries in colonial India is also fascinating. Indeed, as much as Ghulam Ahmad today is presented as someone who offended Prophet Muhammad, the immediate context of his prophetic claims had...
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Nova Religio (2017) 20 (4): 144–145.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., ranging from excellent scholarship to outright polemics. In light of this, Nicholas Campion s The New Age in the Modern West is refreshingly well researched and even-handed. Taking an intriguing perspective on the New Age from the history of ideas, he includes it in the family of ideas in Western...
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Nova Religio (2016) 20 (2): 34–58.
Published: 01 November 2016
...-clerical arguments can be compared to those typical of Enlightenment, and these also can reasonably be assumed to have been present in school syllabi or in everyday discourse and polemics about religion and atheism. Selective of course means not consistent if we consider the whole system endorsed by...
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Nova Religio (2015) 19 (2): 121–122.
Published: 01 November 2015
... polemical readings of the past produced by many of these narratives; and suggesting more productive ways that Mormons can maintain a narrative of Apostasy and Restoration that does not do violence to the past, other religious traditions, or the foundations of their own faith. In short, the volume is both a...
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Nova Religio (2015) 19 (2): 122–124.
Published: 01 November 2015
... address, perspicaciously exam- ine the Great Apostasy meme. The essayists have three goals: contextu- alizing the shifting narratives Mormons have constructed about the Great Apostasy; correcting ahistorical or polemical readings of the past produced by many of these narratives; and suggesting more...
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Nova Religio (2015) 18 (4): 115–117.
Published: 01 May 2015
... [1951 2014 yet at the same time also the pride they themselves or their kin took in being acknowl- edged by one of them. While to address such a relationship to the father- son dictatorship is extremely polemical, the interviewees comfort level with Armand as ethnographer is clear in the way they have...
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Nova Religio (2013) 16 (4): 137–138.
Published: 01 May 2013
... wide range of currents and notions that has been described as the rejected knowledge of Western culture forms of knowledge that are intimately connected with polemical discourses and the construct of the Other. The collection under review consists of seventeen chapters that stretch from late Antiquity...
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Nova Religio (2013) 16 (4): 93–107.
Published: 01 May 2013
... politics19 or the crypto-racist sloganeering about cultural incompatibilities in post-Cold War Europe20 and post-9/11 American Islamophobic punditry, not all that was (thought to be) solid had melted into the air. Polemically speaking, we might say that the mirage of a transnational global cultural ecumene...
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Nova Religio (2012) 16 (2): 113–114.
Published: 01 November 2012
.../reprintinfo.asp . 2012 Anatomy of a Séance: A History of Spirit Communication in Central Canada . By Stanley Edward McMullin . McGill-Queen's University Press , 2004 . 259 pages. $95.00 cloth; $29.95 paper. tradition in the cult houses, leading to an ongoing polemic within the religious community...
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Nova Religio (2012) 16 (2): 112–113.
Published: 01 November 2012
... polemic within the religious community itself. Capone s study breaks new ground in the field of Afro-Brazilian reli- gious studies and has the potential to redefine the ways that scholars think about that field. The book has a large glossary, complete notes and bibli- ography and an index, making it...
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Nova Religio (2012) 16 (2): 64–85.
Published: 01 November 2012
.... Andrei Znamenski, The Beauty of the Primitive: Shamanism and the Western Imagination (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007): 290 91. Scholars of the Australian New Age movement also retreat from polemic positions. Jane Mulcock, Ethnography in Awkward Spaces, an Anthropology of Cultural Borrowing...