Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

19. Writing a History of Origins

Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

Russell T. McCutcheon [+-]
University of Alabama
Russell T. McCutcheon is Distinguished Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His major publications include Manufacturing Religion (Oxford University Press, 1997), The Guide to the Study of Religion(Bloomsbury, 2000), Critics not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (State University of New York Press, 2001) and The Discipline of Religion: Structure, Meaning, Rhetoric (Routledge, 2003). His most recent book, co-authored with William Arnal, is The Sacred is the Profane: The Political Nature of 'Religion' (Oxford University Press, 2013).


How, then, do we write a history of origins? Well, start with whenever you hear, or whenever you read, “In the beginning…” (or any of its variants, such as “When I was a kid…,” “The Founding Fathers said…” or “The author intended…”), being sure to keep your eyes and ears on the storytellers, and the moves they make, and not get carried away by their tales.

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McCutcheon, Russell . 19. Writing a History of Origins. Fabricating Origins. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 70-73 May 2015. ISBN 9781781791752. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24341. Date accessed: 16 Feb 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24341. May 2015

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