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Between Dancing and WritingThe Practice of Religious Studies$
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Kimerer L. LaMothe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224036

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823224036.001.0001

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A Braided Approach to the Study of Religion

A Braided Approach to the Study of Religion

Gerardus van der Leeuw

(p.109) Chapter 5 A Braided Approach to the Study of Religion
Between Dancing and Writing

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Fordham University Press

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

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