Virtually real: Fake religions and problems of authenticity in religion

  title={Virtually real: Fake religions and problems of authenticity in religion},
  author={T. Alberts},
  journal={Culture and Religion},
  pages={125 - 139}
  • T. Alberts
  • Published 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Culture and Religion
This paper offers a theoretical exegesis of fake religions, a category of phenomena that formally resembles authentic religion, except for the lingering suspicion that the intention is to satirise, parody or mock. Working from the observation that usually there is considerably more agreement about what does not count as religion than what does, I propose this putative category as a means to approach the intractable problem of authenticity in religion. The discussion begins by reflecting on… Expand
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