Thursday, March 13, 2014

Interview with Carole Cusack

Via Ted Hand on Twitter, I looked at this interview with Dr. Carole Cusack, an Australian university professor who studies religions. The interview included a section where she was asked about her book  Invented Religions, a book which includes chapters on Discordianism, The Church of All Worlds and the Church of the Subgenius -- all groups that RAW had a relationship with. Cusack approached the subject with the same scholarly methods that she has used in looking at other religions:

 I understand that some people, both ‘insiders’ of certain of the traditions examined (mostly Discordianism and the Church of the SubGenius) but also some esoterically-inclined scholars, have objected to my etic, outsider approach to these groups, but I can only riposte that a scholarly conversation can only occur when the preliminary documentation of the phenomena has been accomplished, and that’s what I was doing. I still love the book; it’s been the easiest thing I’ve ever written. And the funnest (and yes, I know that’s not a word). 

I read her book last year and wrote about it here and here.


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