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Learning the Value of Risk

A week ago I published my first newsletter to about a dozen friends and colleagues. You can read it here. I wrote about the unusual intersection of classrooms and religious sites as both educational spaces and places under attack. I’m still finding new news stories about antisemitic attacks. There were ...
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The Summer that Never Ends

It’s the end of another school year and surely dozens of newly hooded doctors of philosophy in Religion or religious studies are awaiting their chance to make their mark on the field. How would you know, though? Where would your first stop on this fact-finding mission be? Shall we go ...
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Prayerwalking in 2019: More Diverse and Less Combative than Ever

This year’s National Day of Prayer is right around the corner. On May 2nd communities all around the United States will hold prayer events on the theme of “Love One Another.” During my dissertation work, I found that many of the prayer events I studied had ties to major annual ...
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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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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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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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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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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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