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Michael P. Levine

... [and] that a less restricted view of religious phenomena will suggest an approach in the study of religion which neither ... have adequately explored". An examination of their theory shows that despite an insightful diagnosis of methodological disarray, their recommended pal- liative fails. Their

Leslie Smith

. Th is essay considers what is at stake in this defi nition. Th e essay analyzes common modes of diff erentiation between liberal and conservative Protestants (e.g., theology, demographics, and political affi liations) to see whether the diff erent ways of describing these two groups is methodologically

Lluis Oviedo

of them; second, the possible theological application that such thesis could entail; and third, a more general and methodological issue, concerns the feasibility of a scientific knowledge about religion that can be disentangled from other sources of religious insight. It seems to me that in the

Arti Dhand

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2005 Method & Theory in the Study of Religion Also available online – www.brill.nl 17, 274-286 HINDUISM TO HINDUS IN THE WESTERN DIASPORA A  D  This article re fl ects on some of the methodological issues pertaining to situations in which both instructor

Thomas Ellis

others amounts to a politics of grammar. Two constructions are examined here—the conjunction and the genitive: “Religion and . . .” and “. . . of Religion.” Whereas non-reductive methods such as theology/phe- nomenology and cultural anthropology endorse the conjunction, reductive methodologies such as

Herbert Berg

literary critical. Through the application of these methods Wansbrough has postulated theories, which, if correct, radically alter our understanding of Islamic origins. Islamicists have tended to fixate on these theories at the expense of the methodological approach from which they are derived. Judging by

Michael Bergunder

.” Th is argument will be followed by a methodological application that translates the theo- retical considerations into a concrete and specifi c research design of discursive networks. Keywords esotericism, empty signifi ers, Gnosticism, Ernesto Laclau, cultural studies In the last ten to fi fteen years

Michael Slater

critically examine the views of one of its leading figures, Russell T. McCutcheon, and argue that his views on the nature and study of religion are problematic in several key respects. Specifically, I argue that McCutcheon’s basic methodological and theoretical claims are unten- able, as is his well known

Marsha Aileen Hewitt

reality and power, the this-sidedness of his thinking in practice. The dispute over the reality or non-reality of think- ing which is isolated from practice is a purely scholastic question. Not only the second thesis on Feuerbach but also the famous elev- enth thesis constitutes the methodological core

John R. Shook

to science of religion. But they are no substitute for a philosophical investigation into methodological procedures applied to the question of god-belief’s naturality and normality for humanity. Assigning the label of “innate” for what is regarded as natural, normal, inherent, inborn, and