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“Just Follow the Money”: The Cold War, the Humanistic Study of Religion, and the Fallacy of Insufficient Cynicism

William E. Arnal and Russell T. McCutcheon

in The Sacred Is the Profane

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199757114
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979530 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757114.003.0004
“Just Follow the Money”: The Cold War, the Humanistic Study of Religion, and the Fallacy of Insufficient Cynicism

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This chapter argues that the Cold War context of the late 1950s and early 1960s provided the background for the development (i.e., the funding and need to exist) of the humanistic/nontheological study of religion in the United States.

Keywords: National Defense Education Act; Luce Foundation; Danforth Foundation; humanism; Cold War

Chapter.  8773 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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