Comments: The Deconstruction of Religion

So What Next in the Debate?


  • Paul Hedges Nanyang Technological University



deconstruction, critical theory, realism, non-realism, social construction

Author Biography

Paul Hedges, Nanyang Technological University

Paul Hedges, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


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How to Cite

Hedges, P. (2018). Comments: The Deconstruction of Religion: So What Next in the Debate?. Implicit Religion, 20(4), 385–396.