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New Interdisciplinary Spaces of Religions and Beliefs in Contemporary Thought and Practice: An Analysis

Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ, UK
Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK
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Academic Editor: Hans Zollner
Religions 2017, 8(2), 16;
Received: 11 November 2016 / Revised: 3 January 2017 / Accepted: 5 January 2017 / Published: 24 January 2017
This article is rooted in the observation that the 21st century has witnessed a resurgent interest in and a new visibility of religions and beliefs across a range of arts, humanities and social science disciplines, some of which have always focused on religions and beliefs, others are returning to it, while some have no previous tradition of doing so. The article reports on an analysis of these new spaces of interest in religions and beliefs, undertaken through semi-structured interviews with eighteen landmark figures in the study of religion internationally. Points of connection, disconnection and innovation are explored, and the concept of liminality is deployed to explore how understandings of religion, belief and the secular are in a process of being re-imagined within academic disciplines. By considering new thresholds and debates as they are emerging, the article concludes that there are opportunities to research and conceive of the role of religions and beliefs as an interdisciplinary exercise, which are yet to be addressed and which reflect the need to re-imagine how religions and beliefs are broadly conceived and how different disciplines engage with each other. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; interdisciplinary; secular; post-secular religion; interdisciplinary; secular; post-secular
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Baker, C.; Dinham, A. New Interdisciplinary Spaces of Religions and Beliefs in Contemporary Thought and Practice: An Analysis. Religions 2017, 8, 16.

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