Superstition and Enlightenment: Engagements between Theology and Anthropology

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This paper explores some uncertainties arising from the question of what theology might contribute to social anthropology. It offers reflections on the proposal by Joel Robbins in ‘Theology and Anthropology: An Awkward Relationship’ (2006) and contrasts its approach with some recent work by Timothy Jenkins. I read both anthropologists as bearers of the legacy of GWF Hegel (1770-1831). Robbins and Jenkins are described here as reprising Hegel’s account of the struggle of Enlightenment against superstition, but in different ways.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheologically Engaged Anthropology
EditorsJ Derrick Lemons
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2018