Theory and Method in the Study of Religion Theoretical and Critical Readings

ISBN-10: 0534534740
ISBN-13: 9780534534745
Edition: 2003
Authors: Carl Olson
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List price: $195.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 5/7/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 616
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

This anthology provides students with a useful collection of theoretical essays concerning the nature of religion and the methodological means by which scholars analytically approach the subject. Organized in a point/counterpoint fashion, this volume will foster in-class discussion and the honing of a student's own critical perspectives.

Preface
Introduction
Religious Studies as an Academic Discipline
"The Academic Study of Religion"
"Religion and Religious Studies: No Difference at All"
"Dialogical Fields in Religious Studies"
"Why the Academic Study of Religion?"
"Becoming Answerable for What We See"
Quest for the Origins of Religion
from Primitive Culture
from The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion and Totemism and Exogamy
from Chips from a German Workshop: Essays on the Science of Relgion and Introduction to the Science of Religion
Counterpoint: Tomoko Masuzawa, from In Search of Dreamtime: The Quest for the Origin of Religion
from How Natives Think
Counterpoint: Jonathan Z. Smith, "I Am a Parrot (Red)"
Phenomenology and the Science of Religion
from The Idea of the Holy
Counterpoint: Thomas A. Idinopulos, "Understanding and Teaching Rudolph Otto's The Idea of the Holy,"
Ffom Religion in Essence and Manifestation
Counterpoint: Richard J. Plantinga, "An Ambivalent Relationship to the Holy: Gerardus van der Leeuw on Religion"
from Dimensions of the Sacred: An Anatomy of the World's Beliefs
Counterpoint: Donald Wiebe, from The Politics of Religious Studies
History of Religions
from The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion
from The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion
Counterpoint: Rosalind Shaw, "Feminist Anthropology and the Gendering of Religious Studies"
from Map Is Not Territory: Studies in the History of Religions
Counterpoint: Sam Gill, "No Place to Stand: Jonathan Z. Smith as Homo Ludens, The Academic Study of Religion Sub Specie Ludi"
from Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts
from The Implied Spide: Politics & Theology in Myth
Counterpoint: J. E. Llewellyn, "The Clinging Spider Web of Context: A Review of The Implied Spider by Wendy Doniger"
Sociology of Religion
from Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
Counterpoint: Peter B. Clarke and Peter Byrne, from Religion Defined and Explained
from The Sociology of Religion
Counterpoint: Guenther Roth From Max Weber's Vision of History: Ethics, and Methods
Anthropology
from Magic, Science, and Religion and Other Essays
from Structure and Function in Primitive Society: Essays and Addresses
Counterpoint: Hans H. Penner, "The Poverty of Functionalism"
from The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure
Counterpoint: Caroline Walker Bynum, from Fragmentation and Redemption
from The Interpretation of Cultures
Counterpoint: Talal Asad, From Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam
from Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Counterpoint: Sheldon R. Isenberg and Dennis E. Owen, "Bodies, Natural and Contrived: The Work of Mary Douglas"
from Structural Anthropology
Counterpoint: Ivan Strenski, From Religion in Relation: Method, Application and Moral Location
Psychology of Religion
from The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud and Future of an Illusion
Counterpoint: Mariana Torgovnick, from Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives
from Psychology and Religion: West and East
Counterpoint: Naomi R. Goldenberg, from Resurrecting the Body: Feminism Religion, and Psychotherapy
from The Varieties of Religious Experience
Counterpoint, Susan Thistlethwaite, "Settled Issues and Neglected Questions: How Is Religion to be Studied?"
from Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History
Counterpoint: Peter Homans, "The Significance of Erikson's Psychology for Modern Understanding of Religion"
from Violence and the Sacred
Counterpoint: Richard Stivers, "The Festival in Light of the Theory of the Three Milieus: A Critique of Girard's Theory of Ritual Scapegoating"
from Resurrecting the Body: Feminism, Religion, and Psychotherapy
Counterpoint: Marsha Hewitt, "Women, Nature and Power: Emancipatory Themes in Critical Theory and Feminist Theology"
Ecological/Biological Approaches
"Ecology of Religion: Its Scope and Methodology"
from Creation of the Sacred: Tracks of Biology in Early Religion
from New Women and New Earth: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation
"Sin, Nature, and Black Women's Bodies"
Counterpoint: Herbert Burhenn, "Ecological Approaches to the Study of Religion"
Feminist Perspectives on Religion
from Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism
Counterpoint: Marsha Aileen Hewitt, from Critical Theory of Religion: A Feminist Analysis
"Toward a Paradigm Shift in the Academy and in Religious Studies"
Counterpoint: Marsha Aileen Hewitt, "Do Women Really Need a `God/ess' to Save Them? An Inquiry into Notions of the Divine Feminine"
from Feminism and Religion: An Introduction
Counterpoint: Katherine K. Young, "Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: Feminism and Religion"
from Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk
Counterpoint: Peter J. Paris, "From Womanist Thought to Womanist Action"
Poststructural/Postmodern Approaches to Religion
from Theory of Religion
Counterpoint: Carl Olson, "Eroticism, Violence, and Sacrifice: A Postmodern Theory of Religion and Ritual"
"Nietzsche, Genealogy, History"
Counterpoint: Geoffrey Galt Harpham, from The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism
"Letter to a Japanese Friend"
Religion
Counterpoint: Stanley Rosen, from Hermeneutics as Politics

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