Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (Suny Series, Issues in the Study of Religion)

Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (Suny Series, Issues in the Study of Religion)Critics Not Caretakers Argues That The Study Of Religion Must Be Rethought As An Ordinary Aspect Of Social, Historical Existence, A Stance That Makes The Scholar Of Religion A Critic Of Cultural Practices Rather Than A Caretaker Of Religious Tradition Or A Font Of Timeless Wisdom From A General Introduction Written For A Wide Audience And A Theoretical Essay That Outlines The Basis Of An Alternative, Socio Rhetorical Approach To Studying Religion, The Book Moves On To A Series Of Dispatches From The Theory Wars, Each Of Which Uses The Work Of Such Writers As Karen Armstrong, Walter Burkert, And Benson Saler As A Point Of Entry Into Wider Theoretical Issues Of Importance To The Field S Future The Author Then Examines The Socio Political Role Of This Brand Of Critical Scholarship A Role That Differs Dramatically From The Type Of Sympathetic Caretaking Generally Associated With Scholars Of Religion Who Feel Compelled To Go Public Concluding The Work Is A Consideration Of How Scholars As Teachers Can Address Issues Of Theory And Critical Thinking In The Undergraduate Classroom Written With Verve, Critics Not Caretakers Provides A Viable Alternative For All Those Dissatisfied With The Covertly Political, Liberal Humanist Approach That Currently Dominates The Study Of Religion. Despite being a bit of a rant and being slightly dated, this is generally a good book McCutcheon s frustrations are helpful in historically narrating the trials and tribulations of the field of religious studies and in many cases remain relevant I find the late chapters on film and creating an intro class unhelpful for contemporary classrooms and he misunderstands Car
McCutcheon questions what the purpose the field of Comparative Religion serves is it to promote cultural diversity and promote peace and ecumenicanism between different religions, or is it to take a cold hard look at religions and come what may

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  • Paperback
  • 296 pages
  • Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (Suny Series, Issues in the Study of Religion)
  • Russell T. McCutcheon
  • English
  • 16 January 2017
  • 9780791449448