Making Room for “This Sort of Religion” Can Religious Education Incorporate Reflexivity?

Imagining Smith - Mapping Methods in the Study of Religion - Barbara Krawcowicz

Kornel Zathureczky [+-]
University of Sudbury
Department of Religious Studies Assistant Professor
Jack Laughlin [+-]
University of Sudbury
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Jack C Laughlin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at University of Sudbury, a federated Catholic college of Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He teaches in the World Religions area. His expertise is in South Asian religions and history. His current research interests include religious education, religion and law, and theory and method in the study of religion.


In his bio-bibliographical essay, J.Z. Smith wrote that he was fond of the expression “when the chips are down” in the sense of all being said and done. With his passing in December 2017, the phrase has gained an additional layer of sad finality - the chips are really down. Scholarship is not poker, however, which means that these chips not only can but in fact should be picked up and circulated. Imagining Smith brings together the contributions of scholars who do exactly that by considering theoretical and methodological issues central to J. Z. Smith’s oeuvre in the context of their own research. Through analyses of Smith’s own work as well as applications of his concerns to new situations, historic periods, and regions, the contributors test the adequacy and applicability of Smith’s ideas and thus provide an indirect assessment of his influence and legacy in the field of Religious Studies.

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Zathureczky, Kornel; Laughlin, Jack. Making Room for “This Sort of Religion” Can Religious Education Incorporate Reflexivity?. Imagining Smith - Mapping Methods in the Study of Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2022. ISBN 9781781799840. Date accessed: 14 Apr 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39932. Oct 2022

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