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Spencer Dew

Spencer Dew

Spencer Dew is Religion Teaching Fellow at Wittenberg University and Affiliated Faculty at the Ohio State University. He is the author of The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Essays

The Revolutionary Church of Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Rather than worry about whether other people will come to the table, whether other people will listen, we must, first, come to the table ourselves, be willing to do the revolutionary work of “listening and talking,” proceeding into the real risk of such encounter with likewise real openness to the experience and its transformative effect. This is, to risk profound understatement, a difficult talk.

The State “don’t own a goddamn thing”: Illiberal Religification of the Legal System

MOVE, while an illiberal religion characterized by abrasive rhetoric, is nonetheless an example of the religification of law and the legal system. MOVE activists refused to surrender the court to the state, seeing the legal system as a potential tool against the state, rightly beyond state control.