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Should Social Theory Get Religion? (The OIRG discusses Daniel Winchester’s “Religion as a Theoretical Case, Lens and Resource for Critique…” in SoR 2016, 77:3.) Introduction: Yes And No. For most of the twentieth century, the social sciences might have answered this question with a “yes.” But only if the verb “get” actually meant something more…

Wolterstorff, Worldviews and Control Beliefs: The Devils in the Details   This week, the Outrageous Ideas Reading Group (OIRG) discussed Nicholas Wolterstorff’s chapter “On Christian Learning” in Stained Glass: Worldview and Social Science (University Press of America, 1989).  Wolterstorff, a moral philosopher at Yale University, raised a number of important (and still current) topics.  …

The New Turn to Post-Secular Social Analysis In reading and discussing the introductory chapter of The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society, 2012 (PSQ), edited by Philip Gorski et al, the Outrageous Ideas Team made some interesting points. ST R.I.P. The post-secular vs. the post-modern. Some scholars, probably incorrectly equate these two terms. Whatever…

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