Categoriearchief: Religie

Genesis 2-3, Canonical Interpretation and the Challenge of ”Gnosticism” [Paper]

This is a paper from a few months ago. Writing on the (academic) study of ”Gnosticism” was challenging, especially because I barely knew anything about the field when I started my research. The final effort still contains some flaws that I’m well aware of – specialists will certainly be able to spot them, which is also one of the reasons I ultimately didn’t succeed in publishing the paper. It’s interesting to reread and to see how quickly views can change and evolve – my thought experiments on the subject matter were different from how they are now. Still wanted to publish it though, it might be an interesting trip for those of you who are interested.

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”Kind van de duivel”: A Moral Response to an ‘offensive’ song

Kind van de Duivel
A moral response to an ‘offensive’ song

‘’Ik ben een kind van de duivel, mama jij hoeft niet te huilen.
Feesten alsof elke dag hier mijn laatste is
hoop dat je deze draait op mijn begrafenis.’’

When the Dutch rapper Jebroer released his single Kind van de Duivel in 2017, generous airplay of Dutch and Belgian radio stations coincided with considerably high chart positions in the Dutch single top 100 and the Top 40.[1] The lyrics and the clip, however, aroused quite some controversy among confined groups of Christian people, who responded to the song’s glorifying references to death and the devil.[2] Performances by Jebroer in Hardinxveld-Giessendam and Ouddorp were cancelled after protests of local residents.[3]


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Recensie: The Lion King [Jon Favreau, 2019]

Wie de wereld achter The Lion King wil begrijpen, moet onder andere terug naar de Egyptische mythen rond Osiris, de god van de dood en de onderwereld, en zijn koningin, de godin Isis. Na een kwade list van Seth, de voorvader van Scar, kan alleen Horus, de zoon van Osiris (toepasselijk genoeg met de stem van Darth Vader) een nieuw tijdperk (lett. Aeon of Horus) doen aanbreken. Om alles te regeren wat het Licht aanraakt, moet hij eigenhandig met de opstandige Seth afrekenen.

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In Pastures Green He Leadeth Me: The Reconfiguration of Space and Authority in The Wicker Man (1973)

In the course of March and April 2019, I wrote seven essays on topics ranging from a supposedly blasphemous song to the relationship between subjectivity and anthropological fieldwork. Today I publish the first essay, on Robin Hardy’s 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man.

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Interdisciplinary Glances: the study of religion and film [Paper]

In the first semester of 2018/19 I wrote an extensive paper on the academic study of religion and film. A condensed outline of my argument was presented at a student conference of the UvA and the UU in January 2019. I publish the full paper right here.

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Lied van Ijs en Vuur: Visuele Associaties in Game of Thrones

Ik kon het niet laten om na de aflevering van afgelopen maandag iets met de visuals en symboliek van Game of Thrones te doen. Spoilers ahead dus en veel beeldmateriaal, en voor wie de aflevering al zag: iets met een paard…

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Academic Book Review: Stephen King, America’s Dark Theologian [Douglas E. Cowan]


I recently wrote an academic book review for one of my research master courses. I took a publication of the Canadian Religious Studies scholar Douglas E. Cowan, entitled America’s Dark Theologian: the Religious Imagination of Stephen King.

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