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Michael Lambek

To be an adherent of a tradition is always to enact some further stage in the development of one’s tradition. (MacIntyre 1988 :11) Epistemological Considerations Across the Disciplines I begin with two claims. 1 The first is that behind questions of methodology lie those of epistemology

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Edited by Aaron W. Hughes

Theory and Method are two words that cause considerable consternation in the academic study of religion. Although everyone claims to be aware of and to engage them, the fact of the matter is that they remain poorly understood. Some see the terms as irritants that get in the way of data interpretation and translation. Others may invoke them sporadically to appear in vogue but then return quickly and myopically to their material and with little concern for the larger issues that such terms raise. To contribute to these debates, the present volume reproduces select articles from Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (MTSR) from the first 25 volumes of the journal, and allows a group of younger scholars to introduce and review them, asking if the issues raised are still relevant to the field.

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Indrek Peedu

proposed as to why this has become such a lively research topic. Among them, possibly, is an increasing awareness of the way “religion” both as a phenomenon of the world and as a research topic has been constructed during the past centuries, causing scholars to reflect more intensely on the methodological

Islwyn Blythin

MAGIC AND METHODOLOGY BY ISLWYN BLYTHIN Bangor This paper has two aims. The first is to offer philosophical considera- tions which cast doubt upon the widely held view that magic is primarily a technique of manipulation, and the second is to suggest a more adequate methodology which is based on

E. Thomas Lawson

DISPATCHES FROM THE METHODOLOGICAL WARS Review article E. THOMAS LAWSON PASCAL BOYER, Tradition As Truth and Communication: A Cognitive Description of Tradi- tional Discourse, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 0 521 37417 0, 143 pages, $ 39.50. HANS PENNER

Henry A. Green

GNOSIS AND GNOSTICISM: A STUDY IN METHODOLOGY BY HENRY A. GREEN St. Andrews University, Scotland Introduction There has becn a noticeable absence in the study of Gnosis and Gnosticism of a sociological perspective. With the exception of E. Michael Mendelson's paper "Some Notes on a Sociological

Alexander-Kenneth Nagel

CHARITABLE CHOICE: THE RELIGIOUS COMPONENT OF THE US-WELFARE-REFORM — THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON “FAITH-BASED- ORGANIZATIONS” AS SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES A LEXANDER -K ENNETH N AGEL Summary Are religious institutions gaining new strength in the modern welfare state? The

Reinhard Pummer

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON THE METHODOLOGY OF THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION BY REINHARD PUMMER Ottawa, Canada Some years ago publications on the theory and method of the science of religion were scarce (Rudolph, 1962: zgg). Recently, how- ever, the situation has been changing. The number of