Time Enough for Visions and Revisions

Or Why “Theory” Matters in the Study of Religion

Authors

  • Matthew Day Florida State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v40i2.005

Keywords:

Stephen Prothero, Russell McCutcheon, Ninian Smart

Abstract

This essay argues that by ignoring the past decade or so of theoretical self-reflection regarding how one best studies "religion,"Stephen Prothero's *God Is Not One* takes us right back to the same ecumenical vista where true religion is by definition never nasty or brutish.

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Published

2011-06-05

How to Cite

Day, M. (2011). Time Enough for Visions and Revisions: Or Why “Theory” Matters in the Study of Religion. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 40(2), 26-29. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v40i2.005

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