A Modest Proposal on Method

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  • 1 Department of Religious Studies, 212 Manly Hall University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

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Abstract

This paper offers a diagnosis as to why NAASR’s identity has become more ambiguous over the past decade (i.e., the appropriation of postmodernism to authorize polemical positions) and offers a proposal on how the more precise definition of this journal’s key terms—method and theory—might assist the association to provide a hospitable home for two different groups of scholars who are equally alienated from the field’s dominant form.

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    See Arnal 1998, McCutcheon 1998, and also MacKendrick 1999 for the discussion that followed on the original publication of this essay.

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