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The King's bones and the threat of false religion

Lunch seminar with Eric Venbrux, Director of the Center for Thanatology, Radboud University (NL), arranged by the Center for Contemporary Religion

08.03.2017 | Mikkel Pade

Dato tir 21 mar
Tid 12:00 13:00
Sted AU Campus Nobel, Bldg. 1453, Room 415, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3

In religious studies the lengthy debate on defining religion has reached an impasse. One of the problems is that religious practices that did not fit the definition of “true religion” have been disregarded. What is true or false religion or adiaphorous (harmless, secular), however, is a matter of perspective. This can be clearly demonstrated by considering a recent controversy over the bones of the first Danish saint, King Canute. On a theoretical level the ramifications for defining religion are better understood by a triadic model (as proposed by De Roover 2011; Yelle 2011; Balangangadhara 2014 and Hanegraaff 2016) than by a binary opposition between the religious and the secular.