This volume brings together diverse voices from various fields within religious and theological studies for a conversation about the proper objects, goals, and methods for the study of religion in the twenty-first century. It approaches these questions by way of the most recent contemporary challenges, debates, and developments in the field, and provides a forum in which contending perspectives are tested and contested by their proponents and opponents. Contributors address topics such as: the connection between the ‘normative’ and the ‘scientific’ approaches to the study of religion, the meaning of religion in a context of globalization, the relation between religious studies and religious traditions, the viability of comparative and cultural studies of religious phenomena, and the future of gender studies in religion.
Slavica Jakelić, Ph.D. (1997) Boston University, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center on Religion and Democracy, University of Virginia. She has edited (with J. Varsoke) Crossing Boundaries: From Syria to Slovakia, (IWM, Vienna 2003).
Lori Pearson, Th.D. (2002) Harvard University, is Assistant Professor of Religion at Carleton College. She has published various articles on Ernst Troeltsch.
INTRODUCTION: WHITHER THE STUDY OF RELIGION?, Slavica Jakelic and Lori Pearson
THE STUBBORN PERSISTENCE OF RELIGION: SOME POST-SECULAR REFLECTIONS, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf
Response to Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Peter Berger
THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Hans Kippenberg
The History of Religions and the Study of Religions: A Response to Hans Kippenberg, Christoph Schwöbel
DIFFERENCE AND COHERENCE IN THE WORLDWIDE STUDY OF RELIGIONS, Michael Pye
Response to Michael Pye, Robert Cummings Neville
GLOBALIZATION AND THE FUTURE STUDY OF RELIGION, Bryan Turner
Response to Bryan Turner, Adam Seligman
THE PROPER OBJECT OF THE STUDY OF RELIGION: WHY IT IS BETTER TO KNOW SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAN ALL OF THE ANSWERS, Ivan Strenski
Problems, Questions, and Curiosities: A Response to Ivan Strenski, Elizabeth Castelli
DIVERSITY AND THE STUDY OF MYSTICISM, Steven Katz
Response to Steven Katz, Francis X. Clooney
ENGENDERING THE STUDY OF RELIGION, Elizabeth Clark
Agency and Evidence in Feminist Studies of Religion: A Response to Elizabeth Clark, Amy Hollywood
DETRADITIONALIZING THE STUDY OF RELIGION, Paul Heelas
Response to Paul Heelas, Ann Braude
RETRADITIONALIZING THE STUDY OF RELIGION: THE CONFLICT OF THE FACULTIES: THEOLOGY AND THE ECONOMY OF THE SCIENCES, John Milbank
Theology or Religious Studies? The Future of Religious Studies: A Response to John Milbank, Paul Morris
ERNST TROELTSCH AND THE FUTURE STUDY OF RELIGION, Trutz Rendtorff
Response to Trutz Rendtorff, Sarah Coakley
APPENDIX: Congress 2000 Parallel Sessions and Panels
All those interested in religious phenomena, the history of religious and/or theological studies, methodological and theoretical concerns of the study of religions, the place of religion in contemporary societies, women's studies in religion, and the work of Ernst Troeltsch.