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Terry Shoemaker

Biography

Terry Shoemaker is an Americanist scholar focusing on religious change in contemporary life. This includes the ways that religion and religious people adapt, convert, deconvert, reform, and abandon aspects of their religiosity or spirituality. He has published studies regarding religious changes with nationalism, disabilities, popular culture, sports, public life, and deconversion. These interests lead Terry into various classes on Religion in America, Religion and Popular Culture, Religion and the Modern World, and Religion and Sports to name a few. His first edited volume, The Prophetic Dimension of Sport was published in 2018.

Terry currently serves as a board member of the Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE) and on two American Academy of Religion steering committees. Before joining the SHPRS faculty, he served as Program Coordinator at Western Kentucky University's Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility.

Education

PhD Religious Studies - Arizona State University

M.A. Religious Studies - Western Kentucky University

B.A. Religious Studies/History - Western Kentucky University

Research Interests

Transforming Religiosity in the United States

  • Religious Nones
  • Emerging Church
  • Interfaith and Interreligous Movements
  • Deconversion

Religion and Rehabilitation

Religion and Popular Culture

Sports Studies

Publications

Publications:

  • Shoemaker, Terry (2012) "God, Guts & Glory"  Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion
  • Shoemaker, Terry and William Simpson (2014) "Revisiting Sacred Metaphors,"  Journal of Religion & Society
  • Shoemaker, Terry (2014) "The Mason Jar Mentality"  Journal of Inter-Religious Studies.
  • Olson, Alex, Elizabeth Gish and Terry Shoemaker (2015) "Citizen Stories" Public
  • Bain-Selbo, Eric and Terry Shoemaker (2016) "Southern Reconstructing," in Sport and Religion in the Twenty-First Century Lexington Books
  • Shoemaker, Terry and James Edmonds (2016) "The Limits of Interfaith?" Culture and Religion
  • Shoemaker, Terry and Alexandria Griffin (2016) "Religion, Counterprivates, Disabilities," Critical Research on Religion
  • Shoemaker, Terry (2017) "Escaping Our Shitty Reality: Counterpublics, OITNB, and Religion” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.
  • Shoemaker, Terry (2017) "Deconstructing Westphalia: The Emerging Church, Citizen Pilgrims, and Globalization” in Emerging Church, Millennials, and Religion Vol. 1, Editors Randall Reed and Michael Zbaraschuk, (Wipf & Stock Publishers) 2018, 66-83.
  • Shoemaker, Terry, editor. The Prophetic Dimension of Sport (Springer International Publishing, 2018).
  • Shoemaker, Terry. “Deconversion, Sport, and Rehabilitative Hope,” Religions 10 (2019), 1-13.
  • Shoemaker, Terry. “World Religion and ‘Fake News’: A Pedagogical Response in an Age of Post-Truth,” Teaching Theology and Religion 22:4, 2019.
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 101Religion, Culture, Public Life
REL 321Religion in America
REL 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 307Religion: Theory and Practice
REL 321Religion in America
REL 394Special Topics
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 321Religion in America
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 101Religion, Culture, Public Life
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 321Religion in America
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 321Religion in America
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 394Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 394Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 321Religion in America
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 321Religion in America
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World