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Introduction: A Response to Donald Wiebe from an East-Going Zax

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In 1961, the U.S. children's book author and illustrator, Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, published a short story entitled "The Zax". Upon first reading Donald Wiebe's essay in Temenos, the story of the Zax came to the author's mind, for, like the two creatures in the essay, both he and the author share a number of traits but on key points diverge rather dramatically, which, perhaps, makes the points where they differ seem all the more pronounced. The author suggests that there is a lot to be gained by studying the classification "religion", and discussing where and how best that can be done. For in setting the methodological standard so far out of the reach of the actual human beings who constitute the pool of scholar-scientists, writers such as Wiebe have succeeded in excluding theologians from our guild and prevented themselves from ever meeting their own high expectations.

Keywords: Donald Wiebe's essay; Temenos; The Zax; Theodore Geisel



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