Brian Bocking: Making the study of religions

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Scharbrodt, Oliver
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ISASR in association with the Study of Religions, University College Cork.
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Writing an academic biography of Brian Bocking is a formidable task for various reasons: first, there is the anticipation of a witty, self-ironic comment from him mocking the whole exercise itself and his own person at the same time: "Has my obituary already been written?" is the kind of comment one would expect from him. Second, there has always been something intimidating about Brian's physical and intellectual stature. Third, in a professional context, Brian has always been very discreet about his private life, first and foremost about his own religious convictions. Brian has been part of a generation of Study of Religions scholars who clearly separate their religious beliefs or unbeliefs which they hold in private from their professional engagement in the academic study of religions.
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SCHARBRODT, O. 2016. Brian Bocking: making the study of religions. Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 3(1), 16-26.
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