Beyond Cynicism

A Sampling of Current Work in the Swiss Study of Religion


  • Russell T. McCutcheon University of Alabama



Theory, Post-theoretical, Switzerland, Study of Religion, Method


This is an introduction to a set of papers in which current Swiss doctoral students describe their work--in an effort to suggest that the field is still engaged in important issues of method and theory and that claims that we ought to now be post-theoretical are rather misplaced.

Author Biography

Russell T. McCutcheon, University of Alabama

Russell T. McCutcheon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His major publications include Manufacutring Religion (Oxford University Press, 1997), The Guide to the Study of Religion (Bloomsbury, 2000), Critics not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (State University of New York Press, 2001) and The Discipline of Religion: Structure, Meaning, Rhetoric (Routledge, 2003). His most recent book, co-authored with William Arnal, is The Sacred is the Profane: The Political Nature of 'Religion' (Oxford University Press, 2013).


Baker, Houston, and K. Merinda Simmons, eds. 2015. The Trouble with Post-Blackness. New York: Columbia University Press.

Davis, Charles. 1994. “Theology and Praxis.” In Religion and the Making of Society: Essays in Social Theology, 77–95. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Plate, S. Brent. 2015. Key Terms in Material Religion. London: Bloomsbury.

Tepelevich, Lawrence S. 1974. “August von Cieszkowski: From Theory to Praxis.” History and Theory 13: 39–52.



How to Cite

McCutcheon, R. (2017). Beyond Cynicism: A Sampling of Current Work in the Swiss Study of Religion. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 46(1), 3–6.