The Crazy Uncle in the Attic

A Response to Bron Taylor’s Essay ‘Exploring Religion, Nature and Culture—Introducing the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture’

Authors

  • Mark I. Wallace Swarthmore College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v3i3.376

Keywords:

Religious studies, theology, debate

Abstract

This brief article is a response to Bron Taylor’s essay ‘Exploring Religion, Nature and Culture – Introducing the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture’, in the Journal’s inaugural issue (2007: 5-24). Taylor’s essay is a lucid investigation of the meaning of the three terms central to the Journal – religion, nature, and culture – across the spectrum of their related and contested meanings. He successfully makes the case for the Journal as intellectual habitat for the developing field of religion and ecology without policing the boundaries that divide and separate the phenomenon of religion. He invites readers of and contributors to the Journal to utilize ‘the widest possible range of scholarly approaches to understanding the relationships among what we variously understand to be the natural and religious dimensions of human life and culture’ (Taylor 2007: 6).

Author Biography

Mark I. Wallace, Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College

References

Proudfoot, W. 1985. Religious Experience (Berkeley: University of California Press).

Taylor, B. 2007. ‘Exploring Religion, Nature and Culture—Introducing the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture’, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 1.1: 5-24.

York, M. 2003. Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion (New York: New York University Press).

Žižek, S. 2003. The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity (Cambridge: MIT Press).

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Published

2009-11-16

How to Cite

Wallace, M. I. (2009). The Crazy Uncle in the Attic: A Response to Bron Taylor’s Essay ‘Exploring Religion, Nature and Culture—Introducing the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture’. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 3(3), 376–381. https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v3i3.376

Section

CLOSED - Special Issue - "Forum on 'Theology' and Scholarly Inquiry