Opening Statements

William E. Arnal’s 2017 Opening Statement

….I was asked to begin our workshop this year by commenting on why I personally, and the department of Religious Studies at University of Regina, institutionally, think we need something like SORAAAD, and why we are willing to put our money where our mouth is — literally — and provide both an institutional home and actual financial support to this endeavor. I can be very brief here because I think the answer is simple and self-evident: SORAAAD fills an important lacuna by providing a unique space for scholars of religion to learn about, test, and apply conceptual models and new techniques to the data or “stuff” of religion…. more