Portrait of religious studies in the modern world. Round table of “Filosofska dumka” (Philosophical Thought) and “Essays on Religious Studies”
Keywords:religious studies, urgent trends, method problem, confessional religious studies
There is presented a live discourse formed by real people – the makers of the modern science of religion. The discussion relates to the following subjects: status of religious studies in the modern world; the influence of philosophy on modern religious studies; method problem; selfidentification of a “scholar of religion”; the most prominent personalities of the modern religious studies; the role of religious studies in society; urgent “trends”, most discussed themes in the study of religion; idea of the existence of confessional or theological religious studies; and future development of religious studies.
The answers give a rather clear idea of the essence and ways of the contemporary religious studies, what are their objective and subjective problems, what is the vector of their development, and – the most important for the modern pragmatic thinking – what are their applied sense and their actual and desirable role in the modern world.
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