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Book: Method Today

Chapter: 8. Preaching to the Choir? Religious Studies and Religionization

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34426


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.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ian Alexander Cuthbertson ( - iancuthbertson) 'Queen's University'