© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157006808X317446 Method and Th eory in the Study of Religion 20 (2008) 191-211 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 & What’s In A Name? Scholarship and the Pathology of Conservative Protestantism Leslie E. Smith Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3130 email@example.com Abstract Conservative Protestants are often deﬁ ned by their reactionary response to a changing world, and their social and theological embrace of a rigid, absolutist order. Th is essay considers what is at stake in this deﬁ nition. Th e essay analyzes common modes of diﬀ erentiation between liberal and conservative Protestants (e.g., theology, demographics, and political aﬃ liations) to see whether the diﬀ erent ways of describing these two groups is methodologically warranted. Concluding that signiﬁ cant overlap exists between these communities, the essay turns to Judith Butler’s model of pathological rhetoric to consider why such otherwise descriptively problematic labels such as “conservative Protestant,” “fundamentalist,” and “evangelical” continue to be used by scholars. Keywords conservative Protestantism, fundamentalism, evangelicalism, rhetoric Th
Method & Theory in the Study of Religion – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: FUNDAMENTALISM; RHETORIC; CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANTISM; EVANGELICALISM
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