Book: Global Phenomenologies of Religion
Chapter: “Why … So Complicated?”; “a Term with No Subscribers”: Interviews with Charles H. Long and Ivan Strenski (United States)
This chapter consists of select portions from two separate interviews I conducted by phone and recorded in late 2017 regarding the history, development, and significance of Phenomenology of Religion (PoR), with a special focus on the United States. The first interview, on 8 December, was with Charles H. Long, who spoke from his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The recording of the interview was transcribed by Jamie Gallagher of Veritext Legal Solutions, Mid-Atlantic Region, Philadelphia, PA. The second interview, on 10 November, was with Ivan Strenski, who spoke from his home in Los Angeles, California. The recording of that interview was transcribed by Laura McKee, administrative assistant of the Department of Religious Studies, Lafayette College. The transcripts of both interviews were redacted, arranged and annotated by myself. PoR is but one of any number of the approaches to religious studies that Long and Strenski have critically appraised, including also the historical and comparative approaches, as well as theology.