Geographies of Religion as Theological Ontologies

A Difficult 'Rapprochement' with Religious Studies


  • Justin K.H. Tse Northwestern University



geography of religion, religious studies, theology, cultural geography, ontology


Geographers of religion have seldom engaged with religious studies, and the reverse is true as well. While some blame geographers for their insularity and incoherence, my central argument is that the focus of geographers on ontological questions has led geographies of religion to wax more theologically, producing an obstacle to dialogue with religious studies. The suggestion for rapprochement requires religious studies scholars to be interested in ontological questions that do not foreclose the constitution of material space, ultimately requiring a reconciliation with theology.

Author Biography

Justin K.H. Tse, Northwestern University

Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Program


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How to Cite

Tse, J. (2019). Geographies of Religion as Theological Ontologies: A Difficult ’Rapprochement’ with Religious Studies. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 48(1-2), 19–26.