WEFOUNDReligion and Competition in Antiquity (Collection Latomus)


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The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program provides financial support, mentorship, and professional development to Doctoral students of Color who attend one of nine participating institutions.  LaToya Leary will use the fellowship to investigate constructions of social identity in early Jewish texts.

Carson Bay’s dissertation project on “Pseudo-Hegesippus, the Jews, and the Jewish Temple,” was awarded the Josephine de Karman Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust honors the sister of the first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, Theodore von Karman, by supporting the most promising dissertation research being carried out within the United States by students in the arts and sciences.

Religious economy refers to religious persons and organizations interacting within a market framework of competing groups and ideologies. [1] An economy makes it possible for religious suppliers to meet the demands of different religious consumers . [2] By offering an array of religions and religious products, a competitive religious economy stimulates such activity in a market -type setting. [2]

The field applies rational choice theory to the theory of religion such that supply and demand are used to model the development and success of organized religions . [1] Major proponents of the theory include William Sims Bainbridge , Roger Finke , Laurence Iannaccone , and Rodney Stark .

The idea of religious economy frames religion as a product and as those who practice or identify with any particular religion as a consumer. But when the idea of belief is brought into the equation, this definition expands, and ideology affects the "product" and who "consumes" it. When examining depictions of religious identity in a global world, it is easy to see how ideology affects religious economy.

The Religion Department is mourning the sudden loss of our beloved colleague, Dr. Kathleen Erndl.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Kathleen Erndl

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program provides financial support, mentorship, and professional development to Doctoral students of Color who attend one of nine participating institutions.  LaToya Leary will use the fellowship to investigate constructions of social identity in early Jewish texts.

Carson Bay’s dissertation project on “Pseudo-Hegesippus, the Jews, and the Jewish Temple,” was awarded the Josephine de Karman Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust honors the sister of the first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, Theodore von Karman, by supporting the most promising dissertation research being carried out within the United States by students in the arts and sciences.


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