Ubiquity Scorned: Belief's Strange Survivals
Author: Bivins, Jason C.
Source: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Volume 24, Number 1, 2012 , pp. 55-63(9)
Abstract:Abstract This paper attempts not to continue the methodological interrogation of “belief as a category central to Religious Studies, but to problematize and analyze the ubiquity of such interrogations. Investigations of “belief, I argue, are also occasions to explore the discipline's less obvious investments in intellectual and institutional traditions still shackled to the very category under scrutiny. The stand-alone category “religion that is so central to political culture and disciplinary formation depends on “belief to facilitate recognition. Thus, while Religious Studies now habitually discredits “belief as a ubiquitous analytical category, it also partly depends on “belief's presences for its disciplinary self-justification.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2012-01-01