What's In A Name? Scholarship and the Pathology of Conservative Protestantism

What's In A Name? Scholarship and the Pathology of Conservative Protestantism © 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 lesliedorroughsmith@gmail.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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Method & Theory in the Study of Religion Brill

What's In A Name? Scholarship and the Pathology of Conservative Protestantism

Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Volume 20 (3): 191 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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10.1163/157006808X317446
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© 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 lesliedorroughsmith@gmail.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

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Method & Theory in the Study of ReligionBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: FUNDAMENTALISM; RHETORIC; CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANTISM; EVANGELICALISM

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