Eric Bugyis

Eric Bugyis teaches Religious Studies in the Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of Washington Tacoma.

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Religious Causes and Economic Effects?

Over at Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett rightly calls our attention to a recent New York Times article by Jason DeParle profiling two families, as the headline says, "divided by 'I do.'" As Garnett reads the piece, it is a morality tale about the tragedy that awaits those who make "less traditional lifestyle ch

Those Sinners are Our Sinners

The question of what counts as "religious practice" and its protected "free exercise" has dominated much of the Catholic conversation recently, and it has figured prominently on this blog and in the magazine. My approach to the question has been largely informed by a "religious studies" perspective, which attempts to think of "religion" as an object of academic inquiry and analyze the many ways in which it is performed and negotiated by those who use the concept. This includes both believers and non-believers.

The Virtues of Disestablishment

Taking our eye off of healthcare for a moment, Andrew Sullivan calls attention to the analogous case of school curricula, as reported by Rachel Tabachnik:

Buckets of Mercy

I do believe / I do believe / I do believe This is the refrain that kicks off theDrive-By Truckers' most recent album,

Is Catholicism becoming a Sect?

The Atlantic has an interesting interview with Richard Sparks, a Chicago priest and bioethicist, who worries that conservative factions in the Church might be leading us out of the public sphere by insisting on being allowed to storm into the private.The background:

Selective Hearing?

Since they will apparently be taking to the streets this summer to defend freedom, one would expect the Bishops and their hordes to be particularly scrupulous when it comes to defending those poor souls who experience equal discrimination.

The Trials of Desire: Conversations in Honor of Denys Turner

If I might, I would like to interrupt these proceedings to bring you a special bulletin that may be of interest to dotCommonweal readers. In two weeks, a friend and I will be hosting a gathering of Professor Denys Turner's friends, students, and colleagues to mark his retirement from full-time teaching at Yale.

The Parallax of American Religion

A parallax is a change in the spatial orientation of an object when viewed from two different vantage points. By measuring the changes in the position of the observer and the spatial shift in the appearance of the object, one can calculate the distance to and between objects in space. These kinds of calculations are used in astronomy to calculate the distances to and between stars and planets, and it is also the way that we are able to perceive depth in our visual field.

Political "Catholicism," the Founders' "Religion," and the Emancipation of Women

Like Eduardo, I have become increasingly baffled by the nearly unanimous support among Catholic commentators of both "conservative" and "liberal" political persuasions for the Bishops' specious appeals to "religious freedom" protections in their rejection of the HSS contraception mandate.