What is Wrong with Pagan Studies?

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  • Markus Altena Davidsen, Danmark

This review essay takes a critical look at the new field of “pagan studies” by examining the Handbookof Contemporary Paganism. It demonstrates that pagan studies is dominated by the methodological principles of essentialism, exclusivism, loyalism and supernaturalism, and shows howthese principles promote normative constructions of ‘pure’ paganism, insider interpretations of the data, and theological speculations about gods, powers, and a special “magical consciousness.”It seems thus that the methodological discussions in MTSR have little effect on pagan scholars. In the concluding discussion, I raise the questions why this is so, and how we might do better in promoting a naturalist and theoretically oriented approach to studying religion.

TidsskriftMethod and Theory in the Study of Religion
Sider (fra-til)183-199
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - maj 2012


  • Hedningestudier, Metode og teori, Moderne hedningebevægelse, Religionsvidenskab

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