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The Educator Must Be Educated: The Study of Religion at the End of the Humanities

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This editorial begins with the premise that the liberal arts are in serious trouble. More to the point, it argues that recent attempts assign responsibility for this state of affairs to “postmodernism” naively ignores long-term economic trends. The humanities cannot be saved by just turning over a new leaf and making them more “scientific.” In fact, when it comes to the academic study of religion, the dream of an evolutionary or cognitive “science” of religion may represent a step backwards by virtue of re-introducing sui generis religion.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Religion, Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520, Email:


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