Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

11. Rightly Disdained by Intelligent Persons: Magic, Superstition, and the Disenchantment of the World

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Ian Alexander Cuthbertson [+-]
Dawson College
Ian Alexander Cuthbertson is a professor in the Humanities Department at Dawson College in Montréal, Québec. Ian is broadly interested in exploring how the category “religion” is deployed to legitimize certain beliefs, practices, and institutions while delegitimizing others. Ian lives in Montréal with his wife Virginia and beloved cat Mickey.

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This essay builds on the discussion of difference and the assumptions about religion in Hughes by focusing on the distinction between religion and magic / superstition. Briefly tracing the distinction between religio and superstitio back 2000 years, Cuthbertson focuses on the emphasis on distinguishing between religion and magic arising from the Protestant Reformation. He highlights ways people have employed that distinction to dismiss Catholic ritual (by Protestant leaders), primitive religion (by forefathers of religious studies), and the contemporary Prosperity Gospel (by some scholars).

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Cuthbertson, Ian Alexander. 11. Rightly Disdained by Intelligent Persons: Magic, Superstition, and the Disenchantment of the World. Fabricating Difference. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 118-125 Jul 2017. ISBN 9781781794876. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31454. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31454. Jul 2017

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