Religion as Mediation

Keywords: media, mediation, sensational form, immanent and transcendent, plurality

Abstract

Why and how is it productive to conceptualize religion as mediation? In this article, I 1) rehearse the intellectual trajectory of the move from studying the implications of the adoption of new mass media into religious practices to a broader idea of religion as a practice of mediation; 2) address some criticisms raised with regard to the concept of religion-as-mediation from my position in the interface of anthropology and religious studies; 3) discuss the evocation of a sense of transcendence through sensational forms, and 4) by way of an outlook, pinpoint how conceptualizing religion as mediation is useful to unpack religious plurality.

Published
2020-01-20
How to Cite
Meyer, B. (2020). Religion as Mediation. Entangled Religions, 11(3). https://doi.org/10.13154/er.11.2020.8444