Thinking About Religion
An Historical Introduction to Theories of Religion
By (author) Ivan Strenski
Thinking About Religion by Ivan Strenski
Book DescriptionThis history-based introduction to the study of religion introduces the main methods, theories and theorists in the field. This book engages with leading figures from the history of anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy and theology who have influenced the study of religion. It reveals how the study of religion evolved in response to great cultural conflicts and major historical events. It also considers the influence of inner experience, tacking issues such as human survival and wish-fulfilment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405120128
(244mm x 173mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ivan Strenski
Understanding Theories of Religion, Paperback (May 2013)
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Why Politics Can't be Freed from Religion, Paperback (February 2010)
Why Politics Can't be Freed From Religion is an original, erudite, and timely new book from Ivan Strenski. Itinterrogates the central ideas and contexts behind religion, politics, and power, proposing an alternative way in which we should think about these issues in the twenty-first century.
Dumont on Religion, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Ivan Strenski
Identifies kernel ideas of interest for the study of religion. This book acknowledges Dumont's contribution to kinship studies and focuses on subjects of interest to students and scholars of religion: concepts such as sacred and profane, pure and impure, transcendence, values, ideology, hierarchy, and cross cultural comparison.
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Author Biography - Ivan Strenski
Ivan Strenski is Holstein Family and Community Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. His previous publications include Four Theories of Myth in Twentieth-Century History (1988), Religion in Relation: Method, Application, and Moral Location (1993), Durkheim and the Jews of France (1997), Contesting Sacrifice: Religion, Nationalism and Social Thought (2002), Theology and the First Theory of Sacrifice (2003), and The New Durkheim: Essays on Philosophy, Religious Identity and the Politics of Knowledge (2006).
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