Religion scholars should not only advance academic discussions but should also serve as public intellectuals. That means producing writing for other scholars and a general audience. I enjoy writing for a variety of online outlets including Sightings, Religion Dispatches, Religion and Politics, Religion Nerd, The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, and many others.



"Dance Your Team to Superbowl Victory?" Religion Dispatches, January 24, 2014.

"Is the Cursed Cell Phone Really Cursed?" Religion Dispatches, January 23, 2014.

"Is the Satanist Behind 10 Commandments Challenge Sincere?" Religion Dispatches, January 8, 2014.

"Satanist Monument Shines Light on Christian Privilege" Religion Dispatches, December 10, 2013.

“Parodies, the Paranormal, and Para-academics” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, October 16, 2013.

“The Ongoing Legacy of Satanic Panic,” Religion in American History, September 7, 2013.

“Claiming the Land for Azathoth: Lovecraftian Pranks and the Post-Modern Sacred,” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, September 4, 2013.

“’You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’: Christmas and the Abject,” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, December 13, 2012.

“The Curious Case of John Errol Ferguson, Part 2,” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, October 26, 2012.

“The Curious Case of John Errol Ferguson, Part 1,” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, October 25, 2012.

“West Virginia is One Big Portal!   Reflections on the Eleventh Annual Mothman Festival, Part 2,” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, September 20, 2012.

“West Virginia is One Big Portal!  Reflections on the Eleventh Annual Mothman Festival, Part 1,” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, September 19, 2012.

“The Master: ‘It’s not the L. Ron Story,'” Religion Dispatches, October 2, 2012.

“Russian Zombies Follow in Pussy Riot Footsteps,” Religion Dispatches, October 2, 2012.

“Disenchantment and Re-Enchantment on eBay,” Religion Nerd, September 5, 2012.

“Vampires, Gay Rights, and the Political Underpinnings of HBO’s True Blood,” Religion & Politics, August 27, 2012.

“Olympics Opening Ceremony as Satanic Ritual,” Religion Dispatches, August 24, 2012.

“Imprisoned by Scientologists: Our Fascination with Captivity Narratives,” Religion & Politics, July 17, 2012.

“Cleansing Monsters: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” Religion Dispatches, June 27, 2012.

“Mexico’s Own Satanic Panic,” Religion Dispatches, April 10, 2012.

“Iraqi Emos,” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, April 10, 2012.

“The Other Kind of ‘Apocalypse:’ The Christian Worldview of ‘They Live,’” The Bulletin for the Study of Religion Blog, March 12, 2012.

“Hacking the Vatican,” Religion Dispatches, March 7, 2012.

“Santorum Invoke Satan,” Religion Dispatches, February 28, 2012.

“Nicki Minaj Called ‘Possessed’ After Grammy Performance,” Religion Dispatches, February 13, 2012.

“Rough Week for Scientology,” Religion Dispatches, February 13, 2012.

“Rethinking Religion After Latest Holistic Death,” Religion Dispatches, January 29, 2012.

“Death of an Occult Crime Expert Reawakens Controversy,” Religion Dispatches, January 24, 2012.

“Jesus v. Religion Rap Off,” Religion Dispatches, January 24, 2012.

“Missing the Forest for the Witches,” Religion Dispatches, January 19, 2012.

“Webs of Significance: The Real Life Superhero Movement as a Model for Reality,”Nomos Journal, January 1, 2012

"Defining ‘Cult,’ Defining ‘Christian’,”Religion Dispatches, October 12, 2011.

“Mexican Guava Fairies and Crack-Head Leprechauns: Are We Living in an Enchanted World?,” Religion Nerd, September 26, 2011.

"Austrian Court Okays Head-Colander in Driver’s License: Is Pastafarianism Becoming a Religion?,"Religion Dispatches, July 18, 2011.

“Thinking About ‘Judas’ or How I Became a Lady Gaga Conspiracy Theorist,”The Gaily, May 29, 2011.

“Mary’s Late Arrival to the United States,”Sightings, March 31, 2011.

“The Vampire Who Beat Wells Fargo,” Religion Dispatches, March 21, 2011.

“Book Review: Kristen Swenson, Bible Babel,” TheReligiousLeft.org, March 9, 2011.

“Film review: Tron: Legacy,” Journal of Religion and Film, 15:1 (2011).

“Romania’s ‘Witch Tax’: Magic Meets Bureaucracy,” Religion Dispatches, January 26, 2011.

“The Gospel According to Biff: Pedagogical Uses of Satire,” World Religions Educator Network (WREN) Magazine, 1.1. Winter/Spring 2011.

“Why Did Vandals Try to Destroy a Holy Tree?,” Religion Dispatches, December 13, 2010.

“Controversial Mary Statue Weeps Because ‘We’re Killing This World’” Religion Dispatches, November 14, 2010.

"Muslims, Middle Schoolers, and Lawsuits," Sightings, October 14, 2010.

“Strippers versus Church: Cosmic Battle with Civic Consequences," Religion Dispatches, August 25, 2010.

“Vampire Bible: Will Smith and The Legend of Cain," Religion Dispatches, July 26, 2010.

“Modern Exorcism: Trading Autonomy for Demonology,” Sightings, July 8, 2010.

"Magic v. Science: Doctor Who Part III," Religion Dispatches, May 28, 2010.

"’Miracles’ Rejects Disenchantment, Not Science," Religion Dispatches, May 19, 2010.

“Your Hatred Will Make Me Famous: Making Sense of a Republican Vampire,”Religion Dispatches April 11, 2010.

"Battling the Antichrist  by Outlawing Microchips,” Religion Dispatches, March 16, 2010.

"The Religious Struggle over Cryptozoology," Religion and Science Today, February 18, 2010.

"The Pandora’s Box of James Cameron," Sightings, January 28, 2010.

“Vampires, Communion, Redemption,” Religion Dispatches, January 27, 2010.

"Answers: Why Do Vampires Fear Crosses?”Religion and Science Today, December 2, 2009.

"Penitents Compete," Sightings, November 19, 2009.

"Film review: Jennifer’s Body," Journal of Religion and Film, 13:2 (2009).

(with Thomas Fabisiak) “The Conservative Bible Project: Searching for Conservative Diamonds in a Liberal Dung-Hill." Religion Dispatches, October 21, 2009.

"Understanding the Open Carry Celebration," Sightings, July 9, 2009.

"Ten Commandment of the Antichrist: The Georgia Guidestones," Religion Dispatches, June 30, 2009.

“True Blood: When Marketing Goes for the Jugular"Religion Dispatches. May 10, 2009.

“Mexico’s War on Saint Death," Religion Dispatches. May 6, 2009.

"Hyper-Muscular Christianity" Sightings, February 19, 2009.

"Film review: WALL-E," Journal of Religion and Film, 13:1 (2009).

“The Creation Museum,” Sightings, March 13, 2008.

“Buying Virtue,”Sightings, May 17, 2007.

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