Theories of religion

Theories of religion

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The aim of this new book is to provide the student with an anthology of key texts on the broad range of social scientific theories of religion. The Reader is divided into five sections, each with a short introduction followed by sources of sufficient length to allow a clear understanding of both the theories and methodologies. Each reading is preceded by a short biography of the author. Given its broad coverage and its examination of both key issues and thinkers, this book should find its place as the primary reader for introductions to Religious Studies. Theories of Religion: A Reader can be used either alongside James Thrower's Religion: The Classical Theories and Seth Kunin's Religion: The Modern Theories or as a stand alone reader for courses in theories of religion.The basic proposition is that modernization creates problems for religion. ... the shift from villages to towns and cities; the replacement of the small community by the society; the rise of individualism; the rise of ... Although rather long-winded, this seems to cover most of what we mean when we talk about religion and offers a reasonable starting place. ... by demands that accord with strictly technical criteria; and the gradual replacement of a specifically religious consciousness ( whichanbsp;...

Title:Theories of religion
Author:Seth Daniel Kunin - 2006-07-24


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