Benjamin E. Zeller

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Since scientists’ reasons for sacralizing science—and their specific methods—vary, I consider several manners in which physicists have engaged religion. The approach developed here utilizes a typology with three categories: science as a source for religion, science as support for a particular religion, and science itself as sacred.

Benjamin E. Zeller researches religion in America, focusing on religious currents that are new or alternative, including new religions, the religious engagement with science, and the quasi-religious relationship people have with food. His book, Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century America (NYU Press, 2010) considers how three new religious movements engaged science and what they reveal of broader culture. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard University. Zeller serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Coordinator of the Religion and Philosophy Major, and Director of the Honors Program at Brevard College, a private liberal arts college in North Carolina’s Appalachian mountains.

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