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Who Owns Religion?Scholars and Their Publics in the Late Twentieth Century$
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Laurie L. Patton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226649344

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226676036.001.0001

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Scandalous Controversies and Public Spaces

Scandalous Controversies and Public Spaces

(p.19) 1 Scandalous Controversies and Public Spaces
Who Owns Religion?

Laurie L. Patton

University of Chicago Press

This chapter looks at the words used to describe the spaces in between academic institutions and their publics in the study of religion. In the analysis of the terms “controversy” and “scandal,” the chapter argues that they are useful words to describe what happens when liberal scholars with good intent write books about religious communities that the religious communities themselves object to. It provides a great deal of useful material with which to address the experiences and concerns of scholars in the twenty-first century, and explains that as long as religions exist there will be a need to interpret them. The interpreter should demand a place in the academy that must be justified and defended in a manner comprehensible to that institution of reason.

Keywords:   religion, controversy, scandal

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