Sacred Is the Profane The Political Nature Of "Religion"
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The Sacred Is the Profanecollects nine essays written over several years by William Arnal and Russell McCutcheon, specialists in two very different areas of the field (one, a scholar of Christian origins and the other working on the history of the modern study of religion). They share a convergent perspective: not simply that both the category and concept "religion" is a construct, something that we cannot assume to be "natural" or universal, but also that the ability to think and act "religiously" is, quite specifically, a modern, political category in its origins and effects, the mere by-product of modern secularism.These collected essays, substantially rewritten for this volume, advance…
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/29/2012
Size: 9.20" wide x 6.00" long x 1.00" tall
William E. Arnal is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion and Classics at New York University.
|Introduction: On the Persistence of Imagining Religion|
|On the Definition of Religion|
|Words, Words, Wordbooks, or Everything Old is New Again|
|Contemporary Reinventions of Religion: Disney and the Academy|
|"Just Follow the Money": The Cold War, the Humanistic Study of Religion, and the Fallacy of Insufficient Cynicism|
|Will Your Cognitive Anchor Hold in the Storms of Culture?|
|Maps of Nothing in Particular: Religion as a Cross-cultural Taxon|
|"They Licked the Platter Clean": On the Codependency of the Religious and the Secular|
|The Origins of Christianity Within, and Without, "Religion": A Case Study|