Talking Tradition

Tradition - A Critical Primer - Steven Engler

Steven Engler [+-]
Mount Royal University
Steven Engler is Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. He teaches a variety of courses and research popular Catholicism, Umbanda, Kardecist Spiritism and related spirit-incorporation religions in Brazil, as well as theories and methodology in the study of religion\s.


This chapter will illustrate the bewildering range of uses of ‘tradition’ in the study of religion, using a selection of introductory textbooks. The goal is to show that clarity is needed and that various problematic assumptions are lurking.

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Engler, Steven. Talking Tradition. Tradition - A Critical Primer. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2022. ISBN 9781781799086. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38400. Oct 2022

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