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Response to G. L. Ebersole’s Criticism of My Critique of the Encyclopedia of Religions

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This chapter presents Neil McMullin's response to G.l. Ebersole's letter to the editors criticising his Critique of The Encyclopedia of Religion. On McMullin's reading of his letter, Professor Ebersole addresses four points: 1) Eliade "bashing"; 2) Eliade's "co-religionists"; 3) the Divinity School connection of the History of Religions Program at the University of Chicago; and 4) the "Committee on Social Thought" at the University of Chicago. These points are addressed sequentially. The article is not a personal attack on Eliade, and it contains no disparagement of Eliade as an individual. Professor Ebersole's hard distinction between thought and policy is a highly dubious and basically wooden one, and, moreover, one that has dangerous implications. Everyone from Socrates to Dogen to Karl Marx knew that theoria and praxis are intimately conjoined and mutually reinforcing. There are serious issues lurking in the Religious Studies discourse; they need to be addressed.

Keywords: G.l. Ebersole; Neil McMullin; religious studies; The Encyclopedia of Religion



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