15. The Good, The Bad, and the Non-Religion: The Good/Bad Rhetoric in Non-Religion Studies

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Christopher R. Cotter [+-]
University of Edinburgh
Christopher R. Cotter is Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-founder of The Religious Studies Project, co-editor of After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies (Routledge, 2016) and author of The Critical Study of Non-Religion: Discourse, Identification, Locality (Bloomsbury, 2020).

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This essay explores the ‘rhetoric of good and bad religion’ in regard to recent scholarship on ‘non-religion.’ Engaging with Aaron Hughes description of the ways in which this rhetoric is active in ‘Islamic Religious Studies,’ the author demonstrates that scholars writing on ‘non-religion’ equally make use of these tropes. He also argues that such rhetoric allows ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ moderates to build alliances against anything that is seen to challenge the legitimacy of the liberal, secular state. The conclusion points out that the Christian assumptions perpetuated by non-religion studies and its tacit promotion of neoliberal values have to be critically reflected upon.

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Cotter, Christopher. 15. The Good, The Bad, and the Non-Religion: The Good/Bad Rhetoric in Non-Religion Studies. Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781797273. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35430. Date accessed: 14 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35430. Jul 2020

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