Is There Room for Theory in the Study of Religion?

A Question Revisited


  • Philip L. Tite University of Washington



religious studies, theory, method


This editor's introduction presents this issue of the Bulletin, while raising an important question: Is there room for theory in religious studies? Offers an overview and critique of current trends in theorizing religion.

Author Biography

Philip L. Tite, University of Washington

Philip L. Tite is an Affiliate Lecturer at the University of Washington and an adjunct instructor at Seattle University in Seattle WA USA. He holds a PhD degree from McGill University (2005) and has authored several books and articles. His most recent books include The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans: An Epistolary and Rhetorical Analysis (TENT, 7; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012) and Valentinian Ethics and Paraenetic Discourse: Determining the Social Function of Moral Exhortation in Valentinian Christianity (NHMS, 67; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2009). As a specialist in the study of early Christianity, in particular Valentinian Gnosticism, Tite has strong interests in elucidating social processes at work in the study of religious phenomena. He also has strong interests in method and theory, religion and violence, and pedagogical issues in the academic study of religion.


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How to Cite

Tite, P. (2019). Is There Room for Theory in the Study of Religion? A Question Revisited. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 48(1-2), 1–3.



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