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Why it Is Better to Know Some of the Questions Than All of the Answers

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Karl Popper has argued that "problems" are central to any disciplined study (or science). This is (or should be) true as well of the study of religion. If "problems" are critical in this way, then a grasp of the problems of "religion" should be critical to the long-term intellectual seriousness and durability of the study of religion. Religious Studies needs to work on what a syllabus of such "problems" are, and to build the curriculum of the study of religion, deliberately and explicitly, to include them. This article makes suggestions as to what such "problems" might be.


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