Response: (Re)enchanting Religion
James Edmonds [+]
Arizona State University (PhD candidate)
Pulling from fieldwork in Indonesia, I will indicate how my interlocutors are not only well aware of the Western imposition of religion and the ways in which this definition has become institutionalized in the constitution of the country but engage with this definition to create their own sense of acting religiously in the world. I am not attempting to bring Eliadian sensibilities back from the dead, create an all-encompassing theory of religion, or hide a “crypto-theology and crypto-phenomenology” within the academic study of religion (Hughes 2013). Rather, I propose that the method necessary for overcoming the stasis in the study of religion is more participant-observation, interviews, and anthropological investigation with attention to the symbiosis between human and non-human actors. Religion as a lived component of the socio-cultural field engages with the western definition of religion through disavowal and reveals an understanding of reality beyond the confines of secularism.