Naming the Game
A Question of the Field
Keywords:method, theory, iahr, aar, csr
In The Archive, we bring back some of our most provocative essays from yesteryear to see what lessons we might learn from them today. Given the shifting grounds on which defenses of the academic study of religion are being made—whether in the IAHR as discussed in The Interview or in the context of the contemporary U.S., a post-Carson v. Makin academy as discussed in The Editorial—we return to a 1983 piece by Charles Elliot Vernoff, originally published in the Council on the Study of Religion Bulletin 15.4, 109-112, where he traces the contours of the field in the early 1980s.
Gerow, Edwin, Charles E. Vernoff, Langdon Gilkey, and Edmund F. Perry. 1983. “Insiders and Outsiders in the Study of Religious Traditions: Responses.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 51.3: 477–491. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1463102.
Larson, Gerald J. n.d. “Religious Studies as Critique of Religion.” Unpublished manuscript.
Minor, Robert, and Robert Baird. 1983. “Teaching About Religion at the State University: Taking the Issue Seriously and Strictly.” Council for the Study of Religion Bulletin 14.3: 69–72.
Reat, N. Ross. 1983. “Insiders and Outsiders in the Study of Religious Traditions.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 51.3: 459–476. https://doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/LI.3.459.
Reynolds, Frank. 1982. “History of Religions: Condition and Prospects.” Council for the Study of Religion Bulletin 13.5: 129, 131–133.
Smart Ninian. 1978. “Beyond Eliade: The Future of Theory in Religion.” Numen 25.2: 171–183.
Vernoff, Charles E. 1984. “After the Holocaust: History and Being as Sources of Method within the Emerging Interreligious Hermeneutic.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 21.4: 639–663.
Wiebe, Paul. 1984.“An Encyclopedia of Religious Studies.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 52.2, 343-356. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1464003.