Do People Misunderstand their Own Religion?

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Craig Martin [+-]
St. Thomas Aquinas College
Craig Martin, Ph.D., is Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He writes on discourse analysis and ideology critique; his most recent books include Capitalizing Religion: Ideology and the Opiate of the Bourgeoisie (Bloomsbury, 2014) and A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2017).


In this chapter, Martin draws on two examples to explore whose claims and understandings of religion are authenticated or legitimated and in what ways. Martin highlights that “authentic” understandings of religion are often applied to white, male-led, institutional practices, while marking practices of women and ethnic minorities as “inauthentic” and argues that the role of the scholar is to consider how religions are defined, by whom, and for what purposes.

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Martin, Craig. Do People Misunderstand their Own Religion?. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40262. Aug 2024

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