Questions I answer in this video:
00:00 Intro with Andrew
The importance of studying outliers to help understand a culture – how esoteric religions are a comment on and a way of examining modern cultures.
8:00 The persistence of magic
The survival of beliefs in the face of scepticism and persecution by the Church and science
The effect of Western and especially English philosophy on the study of religions – Is there a bias towards looking at other religions by comparing them to the Abrahamic faiths and cultures?
The role of superstitions in modern religions – do old superstitious practices have an influence on modern practices (e.g. touching wood). Are any modern religions creating micro-rituals or utterances of their own to save time?
30:00 Personal questions
1) How did I become interested in religions as a subject of study?
2) Who are my academic heroes in the field?
3) If money was not a problem what is the topic I would most like to study?
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Published on May 9, 2020