What Would a Religious History of goop Look Like?


  • Dana W. Logan Connecticut College




Genealogy, Popular Culture, Christianity, American Religion


This is a response to the responses on my article about Goop and asceticism. The response considers the meaning of "history" in the study of American religion today and considers possible alternatives to the types of genealogy that scholars in the field are using.


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How to Cite

Logan, D. (2019). What Would a Religious History of goop Look Like?. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 47(3-4), 14–18. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.35749