Welcome!

I’m David McConeghy. Welcome to my homepage! I’ve moved my blog here to this site to allow me to keep working on several web projects. The old blog, A Lively Experiment, is still live with over 100 posts on Religion and popular culture, American religious history, and religious studies. Highlights ...
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Metasacralities

For a long time I blogged at A Lively Experiment. Unfortunately, the experiment became less lively than I had hoped. Moving my professional site to my own domain offers me a chance to start again. Metasacralities is the open research portion of my site, a home for unfinished thoughts and ...
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The Translator’s Revenge

At this year’s national meeting for the academic study of religion, I found myself speaking to a colleague at day’s end and the bottom of a few pints. “I’m just not sure that I believe anymore in the framework that protected my earlier work,” I said. “What if my subjects ...
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Casting Beautiful Nets

The OA is Netflix’s lastest binge-worthy series. A few episodes in I’m still not sure what the show is about. Is it science fiction? Is it an emotional drama about loss and memory and trauma? Is it a redemption story about healing and the power of stories? A meditation on ...
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Our Violent Delights and Ends

**Spoilers ahead about HBO’s Westworld (2016)** Juliet learns from her nurse that Romeo is waiting with Friar Lawrence so that under the guise of confession the two lovers may meet to marry. In the moments before Juliet arrives, Romeo and the Friar are discussing the imminent nuptials. No future sorrow ...
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