Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 44, No 4 (2015)

Worlds Apart: The Essentials of Critical Thinking

K. Merinda Simmons
Issued Date: 15 Jan 2016


In this essay, I consider what the publication of Schaffalitzky de Muckadell’s essay “On Essentialism and Real Definitions of Religion” in the JAAR reflects about the state of religious studies as a discipline, arguing that there appears increasing room for overt essentialism in the name of liberal humanism and progressive politics. Reflecting on this unfortunate trend in the academic study of religion, I ask that scholars clarify two things when engaging in critical thinking: the claims embedded in their own identifications and the audience with and to whom they aim to speak.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsor.v44i4.27562


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