Method Today - Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion - Brad Stoddard

Method Today - Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion - Brad Stoddard

8. Preaching to the Choir? Religious Studies and Religionization

Method Today - Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion - Brad Stoddard

Ian Alexander Cuthbertson [+-]
Queen's University
Ian Alexander Cuthbertson is Baker Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston. Ian is broadly interested in exploring how the modern category religion is deployed to legitimatize certain beliefs, practices, and institutions while delegitimizing others. His current research focuses on the ways non-religious individuals conceptualize their nonreligious identities in the Canadian context.

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In this response, I argue the academic study of religion ought to limit itself to investigations of how the term ‘religion’ is deployed by social actors with varied agendas as a means of reifying a presumed distinction between apparently separate religious and secular spheres. I conclude by suggesting that religious studies scholars should reconsider not only the ways we describe ‘religion’, but also the audience to which these descriptions are directed.

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Cuthbertson, Ian Alexander. 8. Preaching to the Choir? Religious Studies and Religionization. Method Today - Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 96-105 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781795682. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34426. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34426. Sep 2018

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