Thinking about Religion An Historical Introduction to Theories of Religion

ISBN-10: 1405120126
ISBN-13: 9781405120128
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Ivan Strenski
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Description: This history-based introduction to the study of religion introduces the main methods, theories and theorists in the field. Introduces the main methods, theories and theorists in the field. Engages with leading figures from the history of  More...

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List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

This history-based introduction to the study of religion introduces the main methods, theories and theorists in the field. Introduces the main methods, theories and theorists in the field. Engages with leading figures from the history of anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy and theology who have influenced the study of religion. Reveals how the study of religion evolved in response to great cultural conflicts and major historical events. Also considers the influence of inner experience, tacking issues such as human survival and wish-fulfilment.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Thinking about Religion, Instead of Just Believing
The Prehistory of the Study of Religion: Responses to an Expanding World
Naturalism, God-Given Reason, and the Quest for Natural Religion
The Critique of Religion Also Begins with the Critique of the Bible
Classic Nineteenth-Century Theorists of the Study of Religion: The Quest for the Origins of Religion in History
The Shock of the Old: Max Muller's Search for the Soul of Europe
The Shock of the 'Savage': Edward Burnett Tylor, Evolution, and Spirits
Evolution in the Religion of the Bible: William Robertson Smith
Setting the Eternal Templates of Salvation: James Frazer
Classic Twentieth-Century Theorists of the Study of Religion: Defending the Inner Sanctum of Religious Experience or Storming It
From Evolution to Religious Experience: Phenomenology of Religion
Religious Experience Creates the World of the Modern Economy: Max Weber
Tales from the Underground: Freud and the Psychoanalytic Origins of Religion
Bronislaw Malinowski, Bipolarity, and the "Sublime Folly" of Religion
Seeing the Sacred with the Social Eye: Emile Durkheim's "Religious Sociology"
Mircea Eliade: Turning the 'Worm of Doubt'
Conclusion: Science of Religion, the Bible, and Prince Charming
Index

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