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This brief response contextualizes Robert A. Segal's review of Before Religion in this journal.
Robert A. Segal, “All Generalizations are Bad: Postmodernism on Theories,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 74 (2006), 157–171.
Brent Nongbri, Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013).
Russell T. McCutcheon, “The Category ‘Religion’ in Recent Publications: Twenty Years Later,” Numen 62 (2015): 119–141, quotation at 120.
Nongbri, Before Religion, 18–19.
Turner, “Introduction: Mapping the Sociology of Religion,” in The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion, 1–29, quotation at 1.
Nongbri, Before Religion, 116.
Segal, “All Generalizations are Bad,” 160.
Nongbri, Before Religion, 153.
Segal, review of Nongbri, Before Religion, 424–425.
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