The Journal of Religion & Society is a cross-disciplinary, electronic journal published by the Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University.

The Journal of Religion & Society has been established to promote the cross-disciplinary study of religion and its diverse social dimensions through the publication of research articles, essays and opinions, review articles, and book reviews. The focus of the journal is American religions and Western religious traditions.

The Journal of Religion & Society is a refereed academic journal dedicated to the publication of scholarly research in religion and its diverse social dimensions (ISSN: 1522-5658). All submissions to the journal will be subject to blind peer review. The journal also publishes a Supplement Series (ISSN: 1941-8450) consisting of occasional collections of essays on a particular theme or topic. The journal welcomes proposals for the Supplement Series.

The journal will accept submissions on an ongoing basis, and will publish new material periodically throughout the year. Each volume of the journal will be limited to material published within a given calendar year.

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  • Encountering the Saracen Other: Anastasios of Sinai and the Arab Conquest 

    Schenkewitz, Kyle A. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    Anastasios of Sinai wrote in the midst of the Arab conquest of Egypt and Palestine in the seventh century. He shared his monastic wisdom with various Christian correspondents in a series of replies to questions from the ...
  • Can Technology Forestall a Secular Future? 

    Maciejewski, Jeffrey J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    Recent research has presented evidence that among demographic groups, Millennials are reporting reduced levels of religious affiliation, of religiousness, or of religiosity. This has led some to characterize this decline ...
  • Evolution, Human Enhancement, and Human Nature: Four Challenges to Essentialism in Theological Anthropology 

    Lenow, Joseph E. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    The Christian theological tradition has been predominantly essentialist: it has held that creation is ordered by God’s providential work into natural kinds, and that each kind exemplifies a nature proper to it. Yet ...
  • The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Forests and Economic Development: The Case of Traditional Ecological Management 

    Goodin, David K.; Wassie, Alemayehu; Lowman, Margaret Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 21, 2019. )
    Remnant Afromontane forests in northern Ethiopia are under threat from development pressures both within Ethiopia and from international interests. These biodiversity hotspots are currently protected by the Ethiopian ...
  • An Innovator, by Any Other Name: The Mujaddid and the Rhetoric of Islamic Renewal 

    Siebeking, R. Brian Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    This study addresses the question of reform in Islam as formulated under the rubric of “renewal” (tajdid). As an idea, tajdid arises from a hadith in which God promises to send a “renewer” (mujaddid) at the turn of each ...
  • Creation and Theodicy in the Context of Climate Change: A New Cosmology for the Anthropocene? 

    Simkins, Ronald A. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    The Bible was composed during the Holocene era, which was characterized by a stable climate enabling humans and human civilization to grow and flourish. The biblical cosmology, as expressed through its creation stories and ...
  • Reformations in Reading: Short Bibles and the Aesthetics of Abridgment 

    Elser, Ashleigh Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    This article takes up a period in the Bible’s history of publication when the text was redacted to approximately half of its original size. In the mid-twentieth century, editors, publishers, and book designers worked to ...
  • The Amish Ordnung: A Shared Double Consciousness 

    Dilly, Barbara J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    This study takes a critical anthropological approach to examining and critiquing the notion of religious reform from culturally diverse perspectives. It compares Evangelical Lutheran, Mennonite Brethren, and Old Order Amish ...
  • Reforming Our Responses to Crime: Recent Papal Contributions 

    Fleming, Julia Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    Pope Francis and his immediate predecessors, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, offer a positive vision of an appropriate societal response to crime and to criminals by emphasizing human dignity, rehabilitation, and social ...
  • Failed Expectations: The Protestant Reformation and the Orthodox Church 

    Roddy, Nicolae Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    During the latter half of the sixteenth century, a handful of Tübingen theologians initiated informal correspondence with the ecumenical patriarch of the Orthodox Church, Jeremias II of Constantinople, in which they expressed ...
  • Qualified Sovereignty, Law, and the Moral Floor: Jewish Thought about War and Political Authority 

    Alexander, Laura E. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    This paper argues for an international system in which political sovereignty is minimally shared among nation-states and international authorities in order to establish a global “moral floor” whereby international institutions ...
  • Pope Francis and Amoris Laetitia: Reform of Catholic Sexual Ethics? 

    Salzman, Todd A.; Lawler, Michael G. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    There is a long-noted anthropological and methodological divide between Catholic social and sexual ethics. We argue in three cumulative sections that Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia moves towards an anthropological and ...
  • Broken Bodies, Healed Body: Contemporary Martyrdom and Ecumenism 

    Nguyen, Peter, S.J. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    I demonstrate that contemporary martyrdom is a form of ecumenism because it is a dialogue amongst Christians from different backgrounds, founded on fidelity to the ultimate religious truth – the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. ...
  • What’s Reformed about Reform Judaism? Halakhah and Public Embodiment 

    Imhoff, Sarah Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    This article proposes a twist to the traditional halakhah-centered story of what is different about Reform Judaism: I suggest that even though we might describe American Reform Judaism’s distinctiveness as its approach to ...
  • Reforming the Reforms: Doctrine in a Time of Ecumenism 

    Hall, H. Ashley Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    The article affirms that the contemporary ecumenical agreements (especially between Roman Catholics and Lutherans) are the result of extensive study and exhaustive dialogue at an institutional level. The author’s thesis ...
  • Introduction 

    Smith, Zachary B. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    Keywords: religion, reform, Martin Luther, Reformation, Kripke Center symposium
  • Toward Faith: A Qualitative Study of How Atheists Convert to Christianity 

    Langston, Joseph; Powers Albanesi, Heather; Facciani, Matthew Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 21, 2019. )
    The study of religious conversion has historically neglected how nonbelievers (i.e. atheists) come to adopt a belief in a god or gods, and thus cannot address whether findings and theories from previous research apply to ...
  • Meaning, Purpose, and Hope Reflections on Religion, Spirituality, and Life of Leaders Behind Bars 

    Mahon-Haft, Taj Alexander; Doxey, John; Cook, William J., Jr. Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 21, 2019. )
    Meaning, purpose, and hope in the context of religion and spirituality in the lives of individuals sentenced to a state penitentiary who demonstrate leadership qualities was investigated. Utilizing in-depth interviewing ...
  • Reforming Muslim Politics: Rashid Rida’s Visions of Caliphate and Muslim Independence 

    Wood, Simon Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 18, 2019. )
    Muhammad Rashid Rida (1865-1935), a prolific writer and publisher who was also politically active, is generally known to Western readers as a Syrian or Lebanese-Syrian Islamic modernist. He is particularly associated with ...
  • Christianity Betrayed: Conspiracy Theory about a Leftist-Muslim Plot against Christianity in Norway 

    Brekke, Torkel Journal of Religion & Society. vol. 21, 2019. )
    This article explores the way that members of a political milieu of the New Christian Right in Norway reason about an alliance between local and global forces to open the borders to Muslim immigrants as part of a plot to ...

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