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Buttering Bread on Both Sides

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Response to Paul Kenny

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This is a response to Paul Kenny’s “Colloquium Response: More ‘theory as explanation’ anyone?” It argues that both “theory-as-explanation” and “theory-as-critique” are alive and well in the study of religion.

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1. Braun Willi Braun W., McCutcheon R.T."Introducing religion" Introducing Religion: Essays in Honor of Jonathan Z. Smith London & Oakville Equinox Publishing Ltd 480 498
2. Gadamer Hans-George Linge David E. Philosophical Hermeneutics 1976 Berkeley University of California Press
3. Hart Patrick"Theory, method, and madness in religious studies" Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 2016Vol 28 1 3 25 [Crossref]
4. Kenny Paul Richard"Colloquium response: More ‘theory as explanation’ anyone?" Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 2017Vol 29 1 89 94
5. Lincoln Bruce"The critical study of religion" The Religious Studies Project 2015 accessed 31 May 2016 url:
6. McCutcheon Russell T."A modest proposal on method" Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 2013Vol 25 4-5 339 349 [Crossref]
7. Rosenzweig Franz Cambridge Glatzer N. Understanding the Sick and the Healthy 1999 MA Harvard University Press
8. Schilbrack Kevin"Theorizing religion and the role of philosophy" Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 2016Vol 28 1 35 38 [Crossref]
9. Smith Jonathan Z. McCutcheon R.T."The necessary lie: Duplicity in the disciplines" Studying Religion: An Introduction 2007 London Equinox 74 80 2007

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