The Craft Of Religious Studies

Overview

Unlike other humanistic disciplines, the academic study of religion must contend with a phenomenon that touches every dimension of human experience. For scholars so engaged, the study of religion often becomes a cross-cultural as well as a necessarily interdisciplinary endeavor. In this collection of original essays, Jon R. Stone has brought together the intellectual autobiographies of fourteen senior scholars—all with national or international reputations in their respective fields—each of whom reflects upon his...

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Overview

Unlike other humanistic disciplines, the academic study of religion must contend with a phenomenon that touches every dimension of human experience. For scholars so engaged, the study of religion often becomes a cross-cultural as well as a necessarily interdisciplinary endeavor. In this collection of original essays, Jon R. Stone has brought together the intellectual autobiographies of fourteen senior scholars—all with national or international reputations in their respective fields—each of whom reflects upon his or her own theoretical assumptions and methodological approaches to the study of religion. Taken together, these essays represent the variety of research methods and interpretive rigor mature scholars bring to the task of examining religious phenomena, religious actions, religious movements, and religious ideas.

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Professors of religious studies and philosophy of religion contribute autobiographical essays on methodological issues that occur during the academic study of religion. Among the issues covered are the challenges of defining one's terms in the context of religious studies, the search for a method that distinguishes religious studies from other academic disciplines, the assumptions and preconceptions that scholars of religion have to deal with both in themselves and others, and the individual approaches that each of the contributors has chosen in his or own work and life. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312238872
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 843,726
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon R. Stone currently teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of On the Boundaries of American Evangelicalism (SMP).

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Jon R. Stone
• Methods in My Life—Ninian Smart
• From Great Neck to Swift Hall: Confessions of a Reluctant Historian of Religions—Wendy Doniger
• There is No Religion There—Frits Staal
• Climbing the Foothills of Understanding—John Hick
• From History to Religion—Jacob Neusner
• Theological Autobiography—James M. Robinson
• Half a Life in Religious Studies: Confessions of an 'Historical Historian'—Martin E. Marty
• On Theory-Driven Methods—Rodney Stark
• On Studying Religion—Andrew M. Greeley
• Of Churches, Courts, and Moral Order—Phillip E. Hammond
• Religion as Life and Text: Postmodern Re-figurations—Edith Wyschogrod
• Retracings—Mark C. Taylor
• Who Are You Really, and What Were You Before?: Reflections on a Thinking Life—Giles Gunn
• The Rest is History—Ivan Strenski *

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