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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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“Religion” and “Religious Studies”

“Religion” and “Religious Studies”

No Difference at All

(p.77) 8 “Religion” and “Religious Studies”
On Teaching Religion

Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's responses to two questions: “What is the difference between religion and religious studies?” “What is the difference between religious studies and other humanistic and social scientific fields?” To the first question he responds, either every difference or no difference at all. To the second question he says that, “the distinction between religious studies and other humanistic disciplines is largely heuristic” and that “religious studies is simply one more functional way of cutting up the pie in the modern university”.

Keywords:   Jonathan Z. Smith, religion, religious studies, humanities

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