Religious Intimacies

Intersubjectivity in the Modern Christian West

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
Mary Dunn, Brenna Moore
  • Bloomington: 
    Indiana University Press
    , November
     238 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by A.J. Swieringa  forthcoming.


Scholars of religion have come a long way since William James famously made of religion a matter between man and his maker. For decades now, they have been attentive to the ways in which religion takes shape as the product of broad social forces, focusing on the dynamics of power and culture as heuristics for understanding religious phenomena and experience.
What, however, might they be missing by moving too quickly from one interpretative extreme to the other—and what might we learn about religion by staying in the interstitial space between the individual in her solitude and society as a whole? 
Religious Intimacies, edited by Mary Dunn and Brenna Moore, brings together nine scholars of modern Christianity to probe this in-between space. In essays that range from treatments of Jesuit-indigenous relations in early modern Canada to the erotics of contemporary black theology, each contributor makes the case for the study of the presence and power of affective ties and relational dynamics between friends, lovers, and intimate others (even things) as vital to the understanding of religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mary Dunn is associate professor of early modern Christianity in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. She is author of The Cruelest of All Mothers: Marie de l'Incarnation, Motherhood, and Christian Tradition.

Brenna Moore is associate professor in the Department of Theology at Fordham University. She is author of Sacred Dread: Raïssa Maritain, the Allure of Suffering, and the French Catholic Revival, 1905–1944.


Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.