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Forget Dawkins: notes towards an ethnography of religious belief and doubt

Tremlett, Paul-François and Shih, Fang-Long (2015) Forget Dawkins: notes towards an ethnography of religious belief and doubt. Social Analysis, 59 (2). ISSN 0155-977X

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Identification Number: 10.3167/sa.2015.590205


New Atheism is characterized by a binary logic that pits religion against science, belief against doubt, a pre-modern past against a modern present. It generates a temporal sensibility and attitude toward being modern that is a 'survival' of late-nineteenth-century anthropology, where religious belief and the past were bound together in opposition to science and the present. We analyze this binary logic and then, in response, present two ethnographic accounts—one from the Philippines, the other from Taiwan—to support our contention that religion is not just a matter of personal convictions. Rather, it is a public practice in which belief and doubt are constituted socially and dialogically.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Berghahn Journals
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2022 08:48
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 18:03

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