A Braided Approach to the Study of Religion

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Between Dancing and Writing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224036
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236916 | DOI:
A Braided Approach to the               Study of Religion

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This chapter presents van der Leeuw's braided methodological approach to the study of religion as one that casts a role for theology in the study of religion. It advocates incorporating theology as a critical, contested voice in the project of understanding religion. In his fluid and dynamic model, the disciplines of theology, phenomenology, and history of religions appear as distinct yet interdependent projects. They check and balance, compel and constrain, fund and correct one another. In the process, the relationships among the disciplines enact a dynamic, dialectical relationship between reason and experience that preserves moments of affirmation and critique as comprising a paradox which is generative of “religion”.

Keywords: van der Leeuw; theology; religion; dance; reason and experience; paradox

Chapter.  6331 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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