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Religion Dispatches Publishes Plate's Essay

By Vige Barrie
Posted December 16, 2013
Tags Brent Plate Faculty Hamilton In the News Humanities Religious Studies

S. Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies, wrote an essay published on Dec. 12 on the Religion Dispatches site titled “Religion without God: ‘Cults,’ Pious Atheists, and Our Own Human Bodies.”

Plate expressed his perspective on limited definitions of religion. “…Protestant-inflected definitions of ‘religion’ are losing hold in diverse Western nations,” he wrote. “And it's about time. Religion can no longer be seen as a ‘set of beliefs in God,’ as conventional wisdom might put it. A global, plural view of religion must rid itself of emphasis on both ‘belief’ and ‘God.’”


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