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Letter to the Editors

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This is a letter written to the editors by Gary L. Ebersole. He feels that there is too much Eliade "bashing". It is unseemly to attack Eliade posthumously in this way; both writers rhetorically create phantom villains in the field. Criticism of Eliade in and of itself is not bad, indeed, it is often to be invited, and if he were alive, Eliade would graciously accept it. People had great respect for Eliade as a scholar and as a person. That never meant that it was assumed that his phenomenological approach was the only one in the history of religion. Eliade never push his students to adopt it. There are the series of invidious (and again unsubstantiated and inexplicit) insinuations found in McMullin's piece. Some of McMullin's points about the Encyclopedia of Religion are well taken, but their power is undermined by his intemperate attacks on Eliade and nameless others.

Keywords: editors; Eliade; Encyclopedia of Religion; Gary L. Ebersole; letter; McMullin



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