research

What does religious literacy involve?

Last time, I talked about why religious literacy is important. The next obvious question is what things go into religious literacy and then how you can build some up. There’s really two different faces to religious literacy. There’s having good religious literacy about your own religion (or spirituality, or path) and there’s having good religious literacy about other people’s religions.

What does it mean to be an expert?

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be an expert. And what it means when we aren’t. Most of us have dozens of topics where we know a bit, but we’re not an expert. We have some experiences, but they’re personal understanding. How we put what we know as individuals into a larger picture, and what that means for evaluating information we get – from both experts and non-experts.’ It’s something that comes up in various Pagan communities all the time: someone says something, sounds like an authority, and yet, when you dig into it, it’s not […]

Cycles of research

I spent last weekend not getting much done. Not for want of things on my to-do list. I have 118 things in my writing topics list – and that doesn’t count another two lists at home. A long-term research project I’ve been circling around getting started. Books and webpages to read. This morning, coming into work, I got to thinking about cycles and how they fit into research.