Social Constructionism(s) > The Religious Studies Project

I put out another interview over at the Religious Studies Project this week. The interview was with Titus Hjelm on the subject of Social Constructionism, the topic of his recent book:

What is social constructionism, and how is it important to the study of religion? Titus Hjelm explains how approaches which see social realities as built from discourses challenge how we think about ontology, epistemology and power.

But there’s more! Check out the excellent response from Craig Martin, But Mountains, Dammit!:

Are we to believe those mountains weren’t here before humans came to name them?! Mountains, dammit! They’re real and they’re mind-independent! (It’s at this point that the radical constructionists ask, “can you say that without discourse?” and then the realists really go apoplectic.)

It’s critical theorist versus critical theorist! The loser disappears in a puff of discourse!

Comparing Like with Like: Practicum Blog

From my new post on the Practicum blog, on the importance of consistency in teaching Religious Studies:

Yogi Berra is reputed to have said, “In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice; in practice, there is.” In theory, I prefer some theories of religion to others. In practice, any theory is better than no theory—as long as you apply it.

Thanks to Craig Martin for the opportunity. Read the rest here.