The Christian cross, Texan identity, and “Tex-ianity”

  By Ken Chitwood Crosses come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. They are ubiquitous in homes across the United States and pepper the abodes of people throughout the world. Odds are, you have one hanging in your home whether you are religious or not. The art of the cross is a wide and diverse stream with the cross being transformed and translated throughout the ages to speak in new ways to new people in many contexts. Crosses are both religious and civil symbols, co-opted by various cultures and movements as articles expressing deeper realities and worldviews. In Peru, Jesus is […]

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Jesus uses his magic wand to multiply loaves (right), 4th cent. Rome, Palazzo Massimo by Douglas Boin ‏@austin_hoya. Show us your sacred! Share your images with us by tagging your photos with #sacredmatters on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr or email us at sacredmatters@emory.edu. Please include where and when your photo was taken. We will publish your images here onsacredmattersmagazine.com and through our social media outlets.  

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Photo by Susan Hayden Taken in Douarnanez, Brittany, France August, 2007. Show us your sacred! Share your images with us by tagging your photos with #sacredmatters on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr or email us at sacredmatters@emory.edu. Please include where and when your photo was taken. We will publish your images here onsacredmattersmagazine.com and through our social media outlets.    

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Our image of the day is from one of our associate editors, Anandi Salinas. This image is of the feet of Vishnu from the Srikurmam Temple in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India in 2010. Though outside of the main temple and on a rainy day, the feet of Vishnu are still well loved. Show us your sacred! Share your images with us by tagging your photos with #sacredmatters on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr or email us at sacredmatters@emory.edu. Please include where and when your photo was taken. We will publish your images here on sacredmattersmagazine.com and through our social media outlets.  

Show us your sacred!

Show us your sacred! Share your images with us by tagging your photos with #sacredmatters on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr or email us​ at sacredmatters@emory.edu. Please include where and when your photo was taken. We will publish your images here on sacredmattersmagazine.com and through our social media outlets. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SacredMatters and on Tumblr at sacredmatters.tumblr.com. We want to know where you see the sacred, how you capture it visually, and what you’re willing to share with us and the world about it. We all know that much of the sacred is bound up with specific so called religions, […]

LSD and the Rabbis

This article is Part I in a three part series. Click here for Part II and Part III. By Shalom Goldman The reactions to the death last month of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi may be a sign that the conversation about psychedelic drugs and American religion is moving into a new stage. On July 8th that “Old Grey Lady,” the New York Times, published a long and very respectful obituary of Schachter. For this Times reader of the Sixties generation, it was quite surprising that the Times, with its long-history of disdain for the counterculture in general and counterculture religion in particular, would honor a religious innovator whose inspiration was so clearly psychedelic. The Times […]

Seven Questions for Angela Tarango

In our new interview series, we ask cultural theorists about what inspires them and how their latest work challenges our understanding of the sacred in American cultural life. For this segment, we chatted with Angela Tarango about her latest book, Choosing the Jesus Way: American Indian Pentecostals and the Fight for the Indigenous Principle. 1. What sparked the idea for writing this book? Why write it now? In the last decade or so, scholars of religion have been paying a lot of attention to Pentecostalism, especially global Pentecostalism. When I discovered that there was a long and fascinating history of Pentecostalism among Native Americans, […]