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On Teaching ReligionEssays by Jonathan Z. Smith$
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Christopher I. Lehrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199944293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.001.0001

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Are Theological and Religious Studies Compatible?

Are Theological and Religious Studies Compatible?

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(p.73) 7 Are Theological and Religious Studies Compatible?
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On Teaching Religion
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Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0008

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of the compatibility of theological and religious studies. He says that aside from matters of academic politics, there is no conflict between theological and religious studies. The conflict, as he sees it, “arises almost wholly with the transcendentalists who propose a powerful, rival understanding of the necessarily plural interpretative and comparative ventures which characterize the study of religion”.

Keywords:   Jonathan Z. Smith, theological studies, religious studies, transcendentalists, academic politics

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