Title

Establishing a beachhead or kicking up sand?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2013

Abstract

NAASR President William Arnal invited several members to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses, as well as the future direction of the organization, as part of a Presidential Panel at the 2012 annual meeting. My assessment, in the essay that follows, is that, since its founding NAASR and its related publications, have continued to play an important role in differentiating the academic study of religion from the more theologically minded work with which it is often confused. In my view, what makes the academic study of religion a discipline, as opposed to merely a field of study, is a shared sustained scholarly conversation on theoretical and methodological issues; NAASR is an important home to that conversation. © 2013 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.

Publication Title

Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

Volume

25

Issue

4-5

First Page

325

Last Page

331

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1163/15700682-12341296

ISSN

09433058

E-ISSN

15700682

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