2. Main Paper: The Enduring Presence of Our Pre-Critical Past Or, the Same As it Ever Was, the Same As it Ever Was

On the Subject of Religion - Charting the Fault Lines of a Field of Study - James Dennis LoRusso

Russell T. McCutcheon [+-]
University of Alabama
Russell T. McCutcheon is University Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His major publications include Manufacturing Religion (Oxford University Press, 1997), The Guide to the Study of Religion (Bloomsbury, 2000), Critics not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (State University of New York Press, 2001) and The Discipline of Religion: Structure, Meaning, Rhetoric (Routledge, 2003).

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Using initiatives to enhance both students’ and the publics’ religious literacy as the example—from professional associations establishing guidelines to Departments seeing in it their raison d’etre--this paper argues that recent critical gains in the study of religion have been effectively domesticated and thereby limited (such as strong critiques of the world religions paradigm). The paper concludes by challenging a new generation of scholars, some of whom are undoubtedly working in conditions that, in key regards, are rather different from their predecessors, to defend the academic study of religion as an exercise separate from advocating for various religious stances.

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McCutcheon, Russell. 2. Main Paper: The Enduring Presence of Our Pre-Critical Past Or, the Same As it Ever Was, the Same As it Ever Was. On the Subject of Religion - Charting the Fault Lines of a Field of Study. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41074. Date accessed: 06 Jun 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41074. Oct 2021

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