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Dr. Fairen - Religious Studies Theories and Methods 5

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Religious Studies
Glen Fairen

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 200 BRUCE LINCOLN THESES continued 5. Reverence is a religious and not a scholarly virtue. 6. there is no cultural relativism in scholarship/the academy 7. "cultures" should not be made a fetish. they are not unified wholes... if you asked the pope or a Jehovah's Witness or a latin grandma what catholocism is, you would get very different answers. 8. do not mistake the dominant group's view of their religion with the polyvalent actualizations of their religion. the person the scholar privileges as their informant often have their views constituted as thee view of a religion. 9. biases leak into scholarly models / discourses JUMP OVER TO MCCUTCHEON RUSSELL T. McCUTCHEON - writes on theories of myth and ritual, politics of classification, soc of relig, the hist. of the concept "religion," and the hist. of the acadmic study of religion. basically he just studies scholars who study religion. he studies the way people think about myth and religion. HERMENEUTIC. he makes a distinction between STUDY OF RELIGION and ACTUAL RELIGION EMIC/ETIC Phonemic: meaningful sound to a speaker of a language. - insider viewpoint Phonetic: system for representing any meaningful sound in any language. - outsider viewpoint *will be on test think "m" for me, and "t" for tous. So Smith's analysis of the brahmans that was so abrasive was accused of ignoring the emic. McCutcheon says it is pretty much impossible to find an insider view point in the first place, because people doing what they do do no
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