Book: Remembering J. Z. Smith
Chapter: 3. The Magus: Jonathan Z. Smith and “the Absolute Wonder of the Human Imagination” (AAR Panel)
Seeing Jonathan Z. Smith as a champion of incongruity in the study of religion, and one who engaged the thought of those with whom he disagreed, Patton explores the implications of Smith’s work for those interested in portraying rather than explaining in the study of religion, thereby focusing on the mythmaking and world-building function of religion.