Progress and Religion An Historical Inquiry

ISBN-10: 0813210151

ISBN-13: 9780813210155

Edition: 2001

Authors: Christopher Dawson, Christina Scott, Mary Douglas

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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
Publication date: 8/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Christopher Henry Dawson was a British independent scholar, who wrote many books on cultural history and Christendom.

Christina Scott has worked in publishing and journalism. She is co-editor with James Oh#39;ver of an important posthumous collection of Christopher Dawson#39;s work published as Religion and World History.

Born in Italy, Mary Douglas was educated at Oxford University and began her career as a civil servant in 1943. Her first field research was carried out in what was then the Belgian Congo and she taught at Oxford and the University of London before moving to the United States in 1977. Purity and Danger (1966) is an essay about the logic of pollution beliefs, suggesting that ideas about dirt and disorder outline and reinforce particular social orders. Her other essays exploring the implicit meanings of cultural symbols follow a similar Durkheimian format. Her recent interests have turned to analysis of risk behavior and cross-cultural attitudes about food and alcohol.

Prefacep. 3
Dawson's Table of Contentsp. 5
Sociology and the Idea of Progressp. 15
History and the Idea of Progressp. 30
Anthropology and the Theory of Progress: The Material Foundations of Culturep. 47
The Comparative Study of Religions and the Spiritual Element in Culturep. 63
Religion and the Origins of Civilizationp. 81
The Rise of the World Religionsp. 97
Christianity and the Rise of Western Civilizationp. 120
The Secularization of Western Culture and the Rise of the Religion of Progressp. 140
The Age of Science and Industrialism: The Decline of the Religion of Progressp. 158
Conclusionp. 181
Bibliographyp. 193
Index of Proper Namesp. 195
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