The Historical-Typological Phenomenology of Religion: Problems and Promises

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Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa

Abstract

The phenomenology of religion has been criticized for failure of identity and
critical nerve. Scholars who use this approach are accused of taking a role
that amounts to not more than a reporter, repeating the insiders’
unsubstantiated claims while invoking methodological agnosticism as
justification for doing so. This paper explores the problems and possibilities
of balancing critic and caretakership by critically examining the aims and
methods of a particular nuance of phenomenology of religion called
historical-typological phenomenology of religion. The paper’s finding is that
by taking a critical stance on the aims and methods of the phenomenology of
religion, religious studies scholars can be able to insist on the sui generis
nature of religion and at the same time be able to move from caretakership to
critics. This has great significance on the issue of the role of the scholar of
religion as a public intellectual. The paper begins by raising the definitional
problem concerning the phenomenology of religion. This is followed by
isolating historical-typological phenomenology of religion and critically
examines its aims and methods.

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Taringa, N. (2013). The Historical-Typological Phenomenology of Religion: Problems and Promises. Alternation Journal, (11), 87-109. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/404
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Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa, University of Zimbabwe

Academic/ Researcher Department of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy nissie25@yahoo.co.uk

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