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 [+-]
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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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: 23 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34426. Sep 2018

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