Disciplinary Anxieties in the Study of Religion

  • Willi Braun University of Alberta, Canada.


After remarking on some common worries that trouble the academic study of religion, the article presents an argument for an anthropocentric stance and analytic preference as the directional compass, or an intellectual alignment, in the disciplinary practices of Religious Studies. At the core of this stance is a ‘reductionist’ commitment to a corrigible theoretical monism, which is, however, compatible with plural analytics or methodologies.

Keywords: Study of religion, theories of religion, disciplinarity

Author Biography

Willi Braun, University of Alberta, Canada.

WILLI BRAUN is Professor in the Department of History and Classics and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program of Religious Studies, University of Alberta, Canada.


How to Cite
Braun, W. (2007). Disciplinary Anxieties in the Study of Religion. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 43(2). https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.7913