Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion
Brad Stoddard [+–]
McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland
Thirty or forty years ago, the phrase “method and theory” in Religious Studies scholarship referred to more social scientific approaches to the study of religion, as opposed to the more traditional theological hermeneutics common to the field. Today, however, it seems that everyone claims to do “theory and method,” including those people who shun social scientific approaches the academic study of religion.
Method Today brings together the contributions of scholars from a recent North American Association for the Study of Religion conference to explore the question of what it means to do “theory and method” in an era where the phrase has no distinct meaning. Contributors specifically address the categories of description, interpretation, comparison, and explanation in Religious Studies scholarship.
Series: NAASR Working Papers
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University. His work focuses on critical approaches to the study of religion with an emphasis on the Roman imperial period, the modern historiography of ancient religions, and magic and
religion in the ancient and modern world.
teaches in the Religious Studies Department and the College. She completed her PhD in
History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2021. Her work focuses
on the ways that women’s reproductive bodies are linked to projects of identity construction, maintenance, and negotiation in Nigerian Pentecostal immigrant communities in the United States. In the classroom she thinks with students about categories and ideas in the study of religion through mundane phenomena like love, sororities, Jane Austen, and Alabama football (Roll Tide).
Matt Sheedy holds a Ph.D. in the study of religion and is a visiting professor of North American Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. His research interests include critical social theory, theories of secularism and atheism, as well as representations of Christianity, Islam, and Native American traditions in popular and political culture. He is the author of Owning the Secular: Religious Symbols, Culture Wars, Western Fragility (Routledge, 2021).