"Those who have appreciated Gavin Flood's work…will not be surprised to learn that this is a thorough and constructive analysis of key ideas within contemporary academic religious studies…two of the book's important contributions are that it finally nails down the myth of phenomenological activity and neutrality, and, that it indicates ways in which particular positions, including faith positions, might legitimately operate within religious studies…an important and stimulating book." —Themelios 26.2 (Spring 2001)
"Flood has written a book that will attract a wide group of readers…That his thesis is coherent and clearly stated is beyond question; that he commands an impressive knowledge of theorists within and outside of the study of religion is most evident."—Religious Studies Review
"an excellent introduction to the relationship between critical theory and religious studies methodology…a pioneering work."—Culture and Religion
"Flood's work is invaluable. He is clearly raising interesting and important issues."
- Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2001
About the Author
Gavin Flood is Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the author of An Introduction to Hinduism (CUP 2004).