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Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Twenty-Five Years On

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The two words, theory and method, cause considerable consternation in the academic study of religion. Some see the terms as irritants that get in the way of data interpretation and translation. Although there is a tendency to couple "theory and method" together, they really are not the same thing at all. This chapter is part of the volume that is designed to fête twenty-five year anniversary of Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (MTSR). It discusses the brief history of the field. The chapter also discusses the myth surrounding the origin. The twenty-fifth anniversary of MTSR coincides with the fifty-year anniversary of another organization, the American Academy of Religion. The chapter tells stories of both the anniversaries. There is a discussion about the future of MTSR. The chapter mentions that younger scholars were assigned the responsibility of introducing the select pieces of the first ten volumes.

Keywords: American Academy of Religion; method; MTSR; religion; theory



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