A Modest Proposal on Method: Essaying the Study of Religion

A Modest Proposal on Method: Essaying the Study of Religion

by Russell T. McCutcheon

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A Modest Proposal on Method further documents methodological and institutional failings in the academic study of religion. This collection of essays—which includes three previously unpublished chapters—identifies the manner in which old problems (like the presumption that our object of study is a special, deeply meaningful case) yet remain in the field. But amidst the critique there are a variety of practical suggestions for how the science of religion can become methodologically even-handed and self-reflexive—the markings of a historically rigorous exercise. Each chapter is introduced and contextualized by a newly written, substantive introduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004281233
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Series: Supplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion , #2
Edition description: approx 265 pp.
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Russell T. McCutcheon, PhD (University of Toronto, 1995) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. Onetime editor of Brill’s journal, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion (MTSR), he has written or edited/co-edited a wide variety of books and resources on the practice of the study of religion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Sources xi

Preface xii

Introduction Plus ça change… 1

1 Introduction 17

A Modest Proposal on Method 22

2 Introduction 32

Have a Hunch 36

3 Introduction 48

Myth 52

4 Introduction 72

Introducing Smith 77

5 Introduction 96

How to Give Up the Bible, and Learn to Love It Again 102

6 Introduction 119

"Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?" (Luke 24:5) 125

7 Introduction 140

A Response to Donald Wiebe from an East-Going Zax 145

8 Introduction 160

"And That's Why No One Takes the Humanities Seriously" 165

9 Introduction 187

It Could be Different Reinventing the Study of Religion in Alabama 193

Afterword 209

References 213

Index 227

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