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Encountering ReligionResponsibility and Criticism After Secularism$
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Tyler Roberts

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231147521

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231147521.001.0001

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Encountering the Human

Encountering the Human

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(p.85) 3 Encountering the Human
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Encountering Religion
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Tyler Roberts

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231147521.003.0003

This chapter presents how the humanistic study of religion deviates from the modern academic template of disinterested inquiry. Humanistic inquiry involves disciplines of experimentation in which individuals reflect on what the lives of others have taught them about themselves. In this sense, humanistic inquiry becomes humanistic criticism; the chapter raises this argument by affirming a perspective of humanistic study based on the idea of responsiveness. It then examines the ethnographic works of social historian Robert Orsi and anthropologists Michael D. Jackson and Saba Mahmood. With their focus on what Orsi calls “lived religion,” these scholars divert their work in a humanistic direction and exemplify the so-called encounter and response procedure.

Keywords:   humanistic religion, humanistic inquiry, responsiveness, Robert Orsi, Michael D. Jackson, Saba Mahmood, lived religion

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