Power Relations and the Socially Constructed Self: What does this say about “belief”? Part V: Conclusion

Could it be that any Creator worth existing must be beyond human understanding, so that religion is actually a human construct? Perhaps speculating on human behavior in regards to religious habits should be no different than studying any other type of human behavior, because if God is behind it at all, God is behind it... Continue Reading →

Power Relations and the Socially Constructed Self: What does this say about “belief”? Part IV: Pierre Bourdieu

This is the third in a series, in which I will present a partial summary of systems for three theorists and then apply them to a question in the final post: the relationship between social indoctrination and personal belief. To read the previous post, regarding Michel Foucault, read here. To jump to the first post... Continue Reading →

Power Relations and the Socially Constructed Self: What does this say about “belief”? Part II: Louis Althusser

In the previous post, I presented an overview of this series. Here, I will focus on Louis Althusser. After providing a more comprehensive overview of the three theorists, I will discuss the relationship between social indoctrination and personal belief. Althusser Louis Althusser claims that a primary function of State Power in a capitalist society is to perpetuate the... Continue Reading →

Getting my Masters Degree: “Write What You Know”

   I'm about to graduate with a degree in Religious Studies. Thursday, I submitted the final paper of my graduate degree: this one an attempt to salvage the reputation of second century Alexandrian Christian (often called "gnostic") Valentinus from the heresiological reports of Church Fathers like Irenaeus and the resulting orthodox historical narrative that shapes... Continue Reading →

Self-reflection as Creation in Apocryphon of John

Apocryphon of John contains one of the most complete and detailed narrations of a gnostic cosmogony, explaining how the invisible and visible realms emanated from the original monad in a highly sophisticated narrative. The tractate takes the form of the popular "apocryphal acts of the apostles," after the Greek "romances", pseudepigrapha attributed to the disciple John,... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Winner!

Wow, what a feeling. I've never "won" NaNoWriMo before (50,000 words written in the month of November for National Novel Writing Month). I've been working on my novel for roughly four years and this is the third year I've participated in NaNoWriMo. The problem has always been that I was still doing research for my... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo nearly finished!

Sorry, I know it's been a while since I've posted a blog...well, okay, no one's sorry about that, are they? I blog to increase web presence for my novel, so, when it's finished, I'll have resources, complete with history, in place to advertise my product. Good news today, however! A reason to blog! I've been... Continue Reading →

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