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Geographies of Religion as Theological Ontologies: A Difficult Rapprochement with Religious Studies

Issue: Vol 48 No. 1-2 (2019)

Journal: Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Buddhist Studies Islamic Studies Biblical Studies

DOI: 10.1558/bsor.34095


Geographers of religion have seldom engaged with religious studies, and the reverse is true as well. While some blame geographers for their insularity and incoherence, my central argument is that the focus of geographers on ontological questions has led geographies of religion to wax more theologically, producing an obstacle to dialogue with religious studies. The suggestion for rapprochement requires religious studies scholars to be interested in ontological questions that do not foreclose the constitution of material space, ultimately requiring a reconciliation with theology.

Author: Justin K.H. Tse

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