© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/157006807X243098 Method and Th eory in the Study of Religion 19 (2007) 332-342 www.brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & Can One Be a Critical Caretaker? Michael Slater University of Oregon, Department of Religious Studies, 1294 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1294 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Th ere is a movement in the ﬁeld of religious studies today which questions whether scholars of religion should have any interest in questions regarding the truth and value of religion. In this paper I critically examine the views of one of its leading ﬁgures, Russell T. McCutcheon, and argue that his views on the nature and study of religion are problematic in several key respects. Speciﬁcally, I argue that McCutcheon’s basic methodological and theoretical claims are unten- able, as is his well known distinction between “critics” and “caretakers” of religion. Having called into question McCutcheon’s claim that being a critical scholar of religion is incompatible with being a “caretaker” of religion, I conclude with a brief reﬂection on his corollary claim
Method & Theory in the Study of Religion – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: METAPHYSICS; EXCLUSIVE DISJUNCTION; MCCUTCHEON; ANTI-REALIST INTERPRETATION OF RELIGION; DISCURSIVE CONSTRAINTS; CRITICS; METHODOLOGICAL REDUCTIONISM; CARETAKERS
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