Explaining Religion Criticism and Theory from Bodin to Freud

ISBN-10: 0788503219
ISBN-13: 9780788503214
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Authors: J. Samuel Preus
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/2/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

J. Samuel Preus traces the development and articulation of a modern "naturalistic" approach to the study of religion by examining ideas about the origin of religion in the works of nine western thinkers: Jean Bodin, Herbert of Cherbury, Bernard Fontenelle, Giambattista Vico, David Hume, Auguste Comte, Edward Brunett Tylor, Emile Durkheim, and Sigmund Freud. He argues that beginning in the sixteenth century increasing critical detachment from theological presuppositions and commitments made it possible for the question of origins to be posed from an altogether non-religious point of view. This new modernist paradigm was characterized by the conviction that religion could be explained in scientific terms, like any other object of critical investigation.

J. Samuel Preus is Ruth N. Halls Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Indiana University.

Acknowledgments
Note on References
Introduction
Religion As a Problem
Conflict, Contradiction, and Impasse: Jean Bodin
Rationalist Versus Historical Approaches
The Deist Option: Herbert of Cherbury
Demythologizing Religious History: Bernard Fontenelle
A Science of Religion?
A "New Science" of Providence: Giambattista Vico
Religion within the Limits of "The Science of Man": David Hume
The Progress of Reason and the Survival of Religion
Inventing Sociology: Auguste Comte
Evolutionary Anthropology: Edward Burnett Tylor
Religion Explained
Sociogenic Theory: Emile Durkheim
Psychogenic Theory: Sigmund Freud
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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