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Religion in Popular and Political Cultures
April 2, 2013
What do sports, Coca-Cola, and rock 'n' roll have in common? They are all used as examples of theoretical models for the study of religion by religious studies professor David Chidester. What role did religion play in making apartheid possible and bringing about its end? What role does religion play in making violenceagainst others or oneselfpossible? in preventing it? What counts as religion? What makes a religion authentic? Students joined David Chidester for lunch and a discussion of his work on religion in American and South African cultures.