About me

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Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. I teach a variety of courses and research Christianity in Latin America, especially Catholicism and related religions in Brazil, as well as theories and methodology in the study of religion\s. From 2005-2007 I was a Visiting Research Professor in the Programa de Estudos Pós-Graduados em Ciências da Religião at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), where I am currently Professor Colaborador. Since 2008, I have been Affiliate Professor with the Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montréal.

I was born and raised in the interior of British Columbia and spent a year in the small city of São João da Boa Vista, Brazil, as a Rotary exchange student during high school. There I learned Portuguese and first met Heloisa Murr Sabino, who became my partner in 2004. During my undergraduate degree, I took two years off to work and travel. (High points: São João again; Canoa Quebrada, Ceará; Moorea, French Polynesia; Broome, Albany & Eucla, Western Australia; Carcassonne, France; Narvik, Norway; and Valkeakoski & Turku, Finland.)

After two years as a physics major, I completed a B.A. and an M.A. in philosophy (UBC, 1986; UofT, 1989) and then taught philosophy for four years at Capilano College in North Vancouver. I earned a Ph.D. in Religion at Concordia University in Montréal in 1999, supervised by Michel Despland. Before being hired at MRU in 1999 (tenured 2002; Full Professor 2012), I also taught at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Concordia University (Montréal), Augustana University College (Camrose), the University of Alberta (Edmonton), and St. Mary’s College (Calgary).

For relaxation, I read SF (hats off for the late, great Iain M. Banks), play jazz piano and hang out with Heloisa and our three children, Rachel, Joseph and Anna Maria.

Some personal favourites:

Jazz: Jelly Roll Morton (1890–1941), Bix Beiderbecke (1903–1931), Eddie Jefferson (1918–1979), Charles Mingus (1922–1979), Sonny Rollins (1930–), Andrew Hill (1931–2007), Abdullah Ibrahim (1934–), Evan Parker (1944–), Keith Jarrett (1945–), Vinny Golia (1946–), Emily Remler (1957–1990), Thomas Chapin (1957–1998), Ambrose Akinmusire (1982–)…

SF: Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1871); George R. Stewart, Earth Abides (1949); Isaac Asimov, The Martian Way and Other Stories (1955); Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960); Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961); J.G. Ballard, The Drowned World (1962); James White, The Escape Orbit (1964); Frank Herbert, Dune (1965); John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar (1968); Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama (1973); Joan Slonczewski, A Door into Ocean (1986); Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games (1988); Dan Simmons, Hyperion (1989); Vernor Vinge, A Fire upon the Deep (1992); Ken MacLeod, The Stone Canal (1996); Iain M. Banks, Look to Windward (2000); Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space (2000); Charles Stross, Accelerando (2005); Iain M. Banks, Surface Detail (2010)…

Academia: Émile Durkheim, Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse (1912); Michel Foucault, Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (1972); Roberto Da Matta, Carnavais, malandros e heróis: para uma sociologia do dilema brasileiro (1978); Pierre Bourdieu, Le Sens pratique (1980); Louis Dumont, Homo Hierarchicus (1980); The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America (1980) Michael T. Taussig; O diabo e a Terra de Santa Cruz (1986) Laura de Mello e Souza; Robert Muchembled, L’invention de l’homme moderne. Sensibilités, mœurs et comportements collectifs sous l’Ancien Régime (1988); Jacques Derrida, Donner le temps 1. La fausse monnaie (1991); Maurice Bloch, Prey into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience (1992); Moishe Postone, Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory (1993); Gustavo Benavides, “Magic, Religion, Materiality” (1997); Hans Belting, Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (1997); Alfred Gell, Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory (1998); Webb Keane, Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter (2007); Ann Taves, Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things (2009); Stephen S. Bush, Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power (2014)…

Top reads: Laozi, Dao De Jing (c. 300 BCE); Julius Caesar, The Conquest of Gaul (c. 50 BCE); Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana (c. 230); Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1908 [1550]); Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote (Pt. 1) (1605); Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels (1735); Jane Austen, Emma (1815); George Borrow, The Bible in Spain (1843); José de Fonseca and Pedro Carolino, O Novo Guia da Conversação, em Portuguez e Inglez, em Duas Partes: The New Guide of the Conversation, in Portuguese and English in Two Parts (1855); Machado de Assis, Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (1880); Lafcadio Hearn, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894); Max Beerbohm, Seven Men (1919); Chico Xavier (channeling the spirit André Luiz), Nosso Lar (1944); P.G. Wodehouse, Joy in the Morning (1946); Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland (1946); Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan (1946); John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1947); Giovannino Guareschi, Mondo piccolo Don Camillo (1948); J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954–55); Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958); W.S. Merwin, The Lice (1967); Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968); A. R. Luria, The Mind of a Mnemonist (1968); Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974–1977 (1978); Czeslaw Milosz, Bells in Winter (1978); Redmond O’Hanlon Into the Heart of Borneo (1984); Bruce Chatwin, Songlines (1987); P.K. Page, Brazilian Journal (1988); Sharon Olds, The Dead and the Living (1989)…

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