Journal Article

Response: Constructing and Deconstructing Empires

John K. Roth

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 71, issue 1, pages 121-128
Published in print March 2003 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online March 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
Response: Constructing and Deconstructing Empires

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This response to articles by Richard Horsley, Nathan Rein, Aristotle Papanikolaou, and Pashington Obeng takes a skeptical stance toward aspects of the “religion and empire” theme that they explore. It finds that the latter three make useful empirical contributions but that those findings are not easily generalized. Horsley's article, which governs the collective publication of the four articles, is sufficiently theory laden and polemical to raise more questions than it answers. There is a need for scholars to think more deeply about religion and empire, but the ways to do so are insufficiently illustrated in the four articles at hand.

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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