Friday, 20 June 2014

New Publication: Review article on "Britain's Pagan Heritage" in the Journal of Religion and Society 16

The JRS logo, featuring symbols of
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
It has just come to my attention that a review article which I authored some months back has seen publication in volume 16 of the Journal of Religion and Society (JRS). An online, peer-reviewed academic journal, JRS is published by the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University, a Jesuit institution in Omaha, Nebraska which professes openness to all religions and encourages an attitude of inter-faith dialogue and scholarship. Although not one of the world's best known outlets for religious studies, one of the Journal's great strengths lies in the fact that it operates on an open-access basis, meaning that its contents are always available online for free, and are not hidden behind a paywall. As part of my conviction that wherever possible, academic knowledge should be accessible to all, I'm a big fan of the open-access system and like to offer my support to those journals which utilise it. Hence my decision to contribute a review article to JRS, which might otherwise seem like a somewhat strange choice for an atheist who studies pre-Christian European belief systems and contemporary Paganism(s)!

My review article is titled "Britain's Pagan Heritage: A Review of Ronald Hutton's Pagan Britain and Marion Gibson's Imagining the Pagan Past" and through focusing on the aforementioned two tomes it offers a critical overview of current research into the pre-Christian belief systems of Britain and the way that they have been subsequently interpreted. In doing so, it reflects the diverging theoretical attitudes of archaeology and Pagan studies, and the potential problems that we scholars face when the two collide on the issue. If this sounds like something that you might be interested in, take a look at it here!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the pleasing review of my book Imagining the Pagan Past!