Sacred Matters is a web magazine of public scholarship that undercuts conventional understandings of religion and reimagines the boundaries between religion and culture.
With a range of blogs and websites dedicated to religion flourishing online right now, Sacred Matters has a unique place among its peer publications. It is designed with the “nones” in mind, the fastest growing segment of the American religious landscape over the last ten years. These are individuals who prefer not to claim a specific, singular religious identity on surveys, who are unaffiliated, and who are mostly young Americans. But while they claim no religious affiliation, they are still not completely removed from the sacred. Sacred Matters features articles and commentaries that bring the sacred beings and things of society often excluded from conversations about religion and spirituality to the fore. The scope of topics is expansive but culture-bound, so everything from science to popular culture; theology to sexuality; health and healing to the Internet.
A digital publication, Sacred Matters provides a forum for innovative scholarship by taking advantage of the Internet’s capabilities to deliver audio, video, images, and text and facilitating new ways of organizing and presenting commentary, opinion, and analysis. Sacred Matters archives all publication materials through the Digital Programs and Systems of the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University and is committed to providing a stable digital presence for our content.
Gary Laderman, PhD
Dr. Laderman is Editor of Sacred Matters. He is Chair of the Department of Religion, and the Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures at Emory University.
Nicole Symmonds is Senior Editor at Sacred Matters and a PhD student in Ethics & Society at Emory University. Her research interests are virtue ethics, sex and culture, and ethnography. Her website can be accessed here and she can be followed at @nicolesymmonds.
Kelly Gannon is Senior Associate Editor of Sacred Matters. She is a PhD candidate in American Religious Cultures at Emory University. Her dissertation centers on Victorian pop culture and/as religion in the American South. Her website can be accessed here and she can be followed @K_Gannon.
Matthew Brittingham is an Associate Editor at Sacred Matters and a PhD student in Religion (Jewish Religious Cultures) at Emory University. He studies popular culture in American Jewish history, with an emphasis on popular books and newspapers.
Summar Shoaib is an Associate Editor at Sacred Matters and a PhD student in West and South Asian Religions at Emory University. Her research interests include Sufism, gender, and religious ritual and performance in South Asia.