This book is being created from the ground up as an interactive, multi-media ebook. I see writing as concentric spheres, overlapping and separate at other points that readers will surf through to think and comprehend, rather than merely understand.
The intellectual foundation for this book length essay is a study of three particular concentric circles:
1. The interactions of religion – both institutional and the beliefs of followers – with the institutional structures of societies in the Atlantic world and their cultures (anthropologically defined).
2. A concept I label ‘dis-integration’ – the change from an integration of religion into daily life and its apparent (though this will be debated in the work) removal, or dis-integration in the present day.
3. A consideration of the place of the ‘other’ in the societies under consideration.
I list these as discrete points here, which serves to emphasize my contention that this is an inadequate technique for analysis of religion and society – that the use of interactive multimedia technology in the writing process will allow me to show the nuances and points of integration among these themes by using the technique of concentric, spheres populated with points of reference in the Atlantic world.
The book is mapped out in three dimensional form with preliminary secondary reading done, and intensive secondary reading begun.
I hope to hit the archives soon!