How Did We Get Here?: Religion

What is (a) religion? What are religions for? Whom are they for? And conversely, if someone is “spiritual but not religious” (or simply not religious), what exactly is it that they aren’t? In this evening’s program, we explored some of the ways that the concept of “religion” has evolved and radically changed over time, along with the related concepts of spirituality and atheism. And we considered some of the social, political, and historical factors which have spurred changes in dominant and popular notions of religion, without necessarily reducing the domain of religion to merely those other factors. Access phots & resources here!

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2023 Merlin Mailer End-of-Year Newsletter

And just like that….it’s 2024. Whooo-wheee…what a ride it was! We’re so grateful and proud to be part of such a wonderful community and find ourselves continually inspired by each and every one of you, and all of the joy that philosophy brings! Here’s our Merlin Mailer year-in-review newsletter highlighting some of the happenings from 2023…and some of the things we have planned for you THIS YEAR, including your invite to come celebrate with us at On Broadway for our 10-year anniversary!! Check it out here!

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Merlin Student Scholar Fellow: Julianna Breit – Onto the Next Chapter

Two-year Merlin Student Scholar Fellow, Julianna Breit, graduated Carroll College in Spring of 2023. We’re excited to watch the next chapters of her life unfold. Check out a synopsis of her fellowship work, what she’ll be getting into in 2024, some fun post-graduation adventure photos, and some parting thoughts by Julianna (and us to her) here!!

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GivingTuesday 2023 Donors Raise $5,660 for Philosophy in the Community!

Thank you to everyone who so generously donated to Merlin during our first ever GivingTuesday campaign. Because of you we were able to raise $5,660 for philosophy in the community. Funds will help support our Winter & Spring programs! See more here!

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What Our APA Berry Fund for Public Philosophy Grant Helped Fund in the Helena Community in 2023

We are grateful by the support shown to us in 2023 by the American Philosophical Association Berry Fund for Public Philosophy! Because of their $1,000 award, we were able to launch a new series called “How Did We Get here?” (as part of our philosophy shorts program). Learn more about the series and what award funds helped to support here!

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