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Jonathan R. Herman

. Nevertheless, I do welcome the opportunity to clarify some of the theoretical and methodological background that informed my work, to redress places where Melvær appears to have misread or miscast my positions, and to offer some suggestions as to what may really be most at stake in this now-public dispute

Jeppe Sinding Jensen

.’ (2001, 144) Supporting Smith I shall defend the possibility of translating, comparing, generalizing and working with models and categories that are of our own making—without this leading to circularity, scepticism and methodological solipsism. The theoretical object, the genus is ‘religion’—just as

Mike Grimshaw

architect and critic Adolf Loos. It is an inter-textual re-reading of Loos and critical readings of Loos, seeking to posit a developing Loosian theory as a possible new methodology for re-reading the tensions toward religion evidenced in modernity . This paper is a proposal for a new theory of religion in

Uffe Schjoedt

necessary technical and methodological knowledge to evaluate this fi eld’s limitations and potential. Th e article reviews six lines of research, with particular focus on issues of ecologi- cal validity, the use of contrast conditions, and theoretical grounding. Keywords neurotheology, Michael Persinger

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 – 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