Religion at the Margins is a space dedicated to the exploration of marginalized perspectives in religion, politics, and culture. “At the margins” might refer to a class or group of people, or a heterodox theological perspective, or to those who find themselves on the margins of a faith that was once central to their lives. In any case, the theme here is marginality—however we feel like interpreting that at any given moment.1
Here at Religion at the Margins we seek to display a variety of perspectives and positions, not all of which are necessarily compatible with one another. It is not our goal to construct a systematic theology, a comprehensive political theory, or a pristine account of culture. We also seek to create a space free of hostility and judgment, a space dedicated to the free expression of ideas—a non-combative environment. The contributors are a mix of student and scholar, clergy and laity, even believer and unbeliever. Sometimes these are the same people.
- The reader should not mistake this for a claim that we the contributors at Religion at the Margins are marginalized people. Some of our perspectives here may be marginal compared to mainstream religion, but we are not claiming to be marginalized socially, politically, or economically because of those perspectives. On the other hand, some out there who share some of our marginal perspectives are, unfairly, marginalized because of them. [↩]