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How New Religions Are Made

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“For me, the process of writing this book was a real eye-opener that demonstrated that even small, some might say, “marginal” religious groups are connected in so many ways to so many other groups, crossing lines of space, race, and time. It led me to rethink the utility of the “marginal” and to discover just how rich those religions are as a way of understanding the world.” 

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A Note to Our Readers

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In recent months. we haven’t always updated the site as much as would have liked or kept in touch as much as we should. Now as we prepare to upgrade the site the site and expand our mission, we’d like to fill in some of the blanks.

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‘Let It Be Unto Me’: Akin, Rape, and the Early Church

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A pair of historians discuss Republican rep. Todd Akin’s remarks on “legitimate rape”: the female body carries a huge burden of representation: her ability to protect the boundaries of her body, and to maintain her purity, reflects the church’s ability to do the same.

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