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After This Strange Starting: Method, Theory and the Philosophy of Religion(s)

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This paper argues for the ineluctably philosophical nature of “method and theory” in the academic study of religion. More to the point, it encourages a significant re-consideration of what passes for the “Philosophy of Religion,” a subfield whose concentration on mediaeval and contemporary Christian philosophical theology has impeded the development of an effective philosophical treatment of global human religious behavior. The paper seeks a History of Religions that is more informed by and about philosophy as a tradition and as a method and which therefore includes a disciplinary Philosophy of Religion(s) that is more relevant, practical, far-ranging, and productive.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics, Westminster College New Wilmington, PA 16172, Email:


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