Book: Method Today
Chapter: 8. Preaching to the Choir? Religious Studies and Religionization
In this response, I argue the academic study of religion ought to limit itself to investigations of how the term ‘religion’ is deployed by social actors with varied agendas as a means of reifying a presumed distinction between apparently separate religious and secular spheres. I conclude by suggesting that religious studies scholars should reconsider not only the ways we describe ‘religion’, but also the audience to which these descriptions are directed.