Teaching Religion and Material Culture

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Richard M. Carp Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Because religions discipline and interpret bodies; create and define sacred spaces; generate, adore and study images in all media; regulate the intake of food; structure temporal experience; and in general interpenetrate and are permeated by the cultural landscapes in which they exist, religious studies must engage material religion and religious materiality. We encounter bodily realities of other religions and cultures through our own disciplined bodies, which are both necessary and problematic for those encounters. This article connects theoretical and practical resources needed to help students discover the stuff of religion – flesh and blood, bread and wine, songs and sound, knives and body parts, movement and music, human bodies, time, space, cosmograms composed of and composing the bodies of the religious – uncovering the materiality of religion, existing underneath, alongside, without, and amidst religious textuality and verbal ideation.

Additional Information

Carp, Richard (2007) “Teaching Religion and Material Culture”, Teaching Theology and Religion, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2-12. (ISSN: 1368-4868) Wiley Blackwell [The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com] DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9647.2007.00301.x
Language: English
Date: 2007

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