The Orange Order: a religious institution or an expression of implicit religious spinning?

Stewart, F. (2015) The Orange Order: a religious institution or an expression of implicit religious spinning? Implicit Religion, 18 (2). pp. 177-207. ISSN 1463-9955

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Abstract

Implicit Religion has long been utilized within academia, and religious studies in particular, as an analytical tool with which to examine and critique commonly held conceptions and iterations of what 'religion' is or could be. However, there is application potentiality outside of academia for Implicit Religion, and this article seeks to utilize the power of such an approach to expose the oversimplified use of traditional religious categories in regards to the Northern Irish Troubles. By applying the framework of Implicit Religion, as outlined by Edward Bailey, to the Orange Order this article seeks to demonstrate how it can provide key insights and understandings into a very complicated and confusing situation. It should be noted that this article is not arguing that the Orange Order is a form of Implicit Religion or should even be considered as a new religious movement. Instead this article is using the tools of Implicit Religion and shining them on to the Orange Order as an example of how those tools can better reveal what is actually going on under the surface.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Implicit Religion, Orange Order, Religion in Northern Ireland, Protestantism, Nationalism, Representations
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Francis Stewart
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 16:06
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 09:39
URI: http://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/447

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