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    Entangled Genealogies and False Dichotomies: Anthropology, Theology and the Post-Secular Paradigm in World Christianity

    Richman, Naomi (2019) Entangled Genealogies and False Dichotomies: Anthropology, Theology and the Post-Secular Paradigm in World Christianity. Journal of World Christianity 9 (1), pp. 61-74. ISSN 2377-8784.

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    Abstract

    In this article, the author sheds light on some of the methodological challenges that currently face scholars in world Christianity by mapping out genealogically how ontology has come to be a concern for those pursuing social scientific approaches to the study of Christianity in particular. By unravelling some of the guiding theoretical principles of the study of religions more generally, the author reveals the conditions that have ultimately rendered the “problem of belief ” in fact a “problem” for (purportedly) secular explorations of Christian cultures. The author reflects upon the theoretical principles of an emerging group of anthropologists of Christianity who are seeking to address the problems raised by their secular orientations and cultivating what is fast becoming known as a “theologically engaged anthropology.” From there, she offers some of her own solutions to these predicaments and suggests some useful theoretical approaches for those scholars working in world Christianity going forward.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: "All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of scholarly citation, none of this work may be reproduced in any form by any means without written permission from the publisher. For information address the University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112."
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Anthropology of Christianity, secularism, post-secularism, atheism, epoché
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Research Centres and Institutes: Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIH)
    Depositing User: Naomi Richman
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2021 08:40
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 06:47
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41529

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