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Implicit Religion


Jack Laughlin, University of Sudbury
David Robertson, Religious Studies Project

Book Reviews
From 2017, the journal will no longer publish book reviews. It will publish extended review essays. To propose such, contact the editors. All book reviews currently in production or commissioned, will be published.

This international journal offers a platform for scholarship that challenges the traditional boundary between religion and non-religion and the tacit assumptions underlying this distinction. It invites contributions from a critical perspective on various cultural formations that are usually excluded from religion by the gatekeeping practices of the general public, practitioners, the law, and even some scholars of religion. Taking a broad scope, Implicit Religion showcases analyses of material from the mundane to the extraordinary, but always with critical questions in mind such as: why is this data boundary-challenging? what do such marginal cases tell us about boundary management and category formation with respect to religion? and what interests are being served through acts of inclusion and exclusion?

Founded by Edward Bailey† in 1998 and formerly the Journal of the Centre for the Study of Implicit Religion and Contemporary Spirituality, Implicit Religion will, from 2016, be published in collaboration with the Religious Studies Project. Subscribers to the RSP receive a discount on subscriptions.

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H-Index 5 (2015)

SJR: .297

Academic Search Premier and Religion and Philosophy Collection, EBSCO Publishing
Religious and Theological Abstracts
Index to the Study of Religions Online
Sociological Abstracts
Social Planning/Social Policy Development Abstracts
Atla Religion Database
European Reference Index (ERIH Plus)
ATLASerials® (ATLAS®)

Publication: Quarterly from 2011
ISSN 1463 9955 (print)
ISSN 1743-1697 (online)



19-3 (2016) [2017)

Table of Contents


Survivor, Warrior, Mother, Savior: The Evolution of the Female Hero In Apocalyptic Science Fiction Film of the Late Cold War
George Faithful

Tintin as a Catholic comic. How Catholic values went underground
Kees de Groot

Seva in Mata Amritanandamayi Mission: Social Service as a Public Face of Faith
Samta  Pandya

An Unexpected Journey. Explicit and Implicit Religious Dimensions of Technology Throughout the Ages
Guy Ménard

The Future as an Illusion: Using Social and Personal Forecasts to Uncover Explicit and Implicit Religion    
Reginald W. Bibby

Book Reviews- open access

Robert H. Nelson, 2014 2001, Economics as Religion. From Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond, University Park (Pennsylvania), Pennsylvania State University Press
Reviewed by François Gauthier

The Future of Religion and the Religion of the Future, by Theodore John Rivers. University Press of America Inc., 2012
Reviewed by Ton Meijknecht

The New Spirituality: An Introduction to Progressive Belief in the Twenty-First Century, Gordon Lynch, London: I.B. Taurus, 2007
Reviewed by Janet Ecces

Emotion, Identity, and Religion: Hope, Reciprocity, and Otherness by Douglas J. Davies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011
Reviewed by Barbara Hanson

Islam and the Veil: Theoretical and Regional Contexts (2012)
Reviewed by Michael Grech



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