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AbstractA response to the previous four papers.

Affiliations: 1: Trinity College, University of TorontoCanadaDepartment of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of South


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1. Martin Luther H. , Wiebe Donald 2004 Establishing a beachhead. Online at (accessed 7 November, 2012)
2. Martin Luther H. , Wiebe Donald "Religious studies as a scientific discipline: The persistence of a delusion" Journal of the American Academy of Religion 2012 Vol 80 587 597
3. McCutcheon Russell T. Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse on sui generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia 1997 New York Oxford University Press
4. Tooby John , Cosmides Leda Barkow Jerome H. , Cosmides Leda , Tooby John "The psychological foundations of culture" The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture 1992 Oxford Oxford University Press 19 136
5. Wiebe Donald "Why the academic study of religion: Motive and method in the study of religion" Religious Studies 1988 Vol 24 403 413
6. Wiebe Donald Jensen J. S. , Martin Luther H. "Dissolving rationality: The anti-Science phenomenon and its implications for the study of religion" Rationality in the Study of Religion 1997 Aarhus University of Aarhus Press 167 183
7. Wiebe Donald Ahlbäk Tore "Appropriating religion: Understanding religion as an object of science" Approaching Religion (Part 1) 1999 Stockholm Almquist and Wiksell International 253 272
8. Wiebe Donald "Modern western science and the study of religion: A response to Richard King’s" Orientalism and Religion. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 2002 Vol 14 265 278
9. Wiebe Donald "The Politics of wishful thinking: Disentangling the role of the scholar-scientist from that of the public intellectual in the modern academic study of religion" Temenos, 2005 Vol 41 7 38
10. Wiebe Donald "Criticism of religion and its import for the scientific study of religion" Zeitschrift fϋr Religionswissenschaft 2006 Vol 6 111 120
11. Wiebe Donald McCutcheon Russell , Braun Willi "The scientific study of religion and its cultured despisers" Introducing Religion: Essays in Honour of Jonathan Z. Smith 2008 London Equinox Press 467 479
12. Wiebe Donald "Religious studies: Towards reestablishing the field" Religion 2009 Vol 39 4 372 375
13. Wiebe Donald " “Religion: A Human Phenomenon.” " 2011 Proceedings of the XXth World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions Toronto Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion
14. Wiebe Donald "Documenting the delusion: A case study. Paper delivered to the meeting of the European Association for the Study of Religion" 2012 August, 2012. (Submitted for publication)
15. Wiebe Donald Plessentin Ulf , Zenk Thomas "Are the new atheists contributing to or detracting from the scientific study of religion?" Researching ‘New Atheism’— Criticism of Religion and the Study of Religion forthcoming Berlin Weissensee Verlag

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