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Is the Study of Religions in the Eastern Europe still behind the Iron Curtain? Response to Gregory Alles, Barbara Krawcowicz and Stefan Ragaz

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The text is a response to the review articles of Gregory Alles, Barbara Krawcowicz and Stefan Ragaz reviewing the book Studying Religions with the Iron Curtain Closed and Open: The Academic Study of Religion in Eastern Europe (Brill 2015). It discusses the book’s title, the relationship of religious studies to theology, and the relationship of current religious studies to scientific atheism.

Affiliations: 1: Palacký University Olomouc, Unit for the Study of Religions, Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Arts tř. Svobody 26, 779 00, OlomoucCzech Republic


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