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Description - A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects by S. Brent Plate

A leading scholar explores the importance of physical objects and sensory experience in the practice of religion.

A History of Religion in 5 Objects takes a fresh and much-needed approach to the study of that contentious yet vital area of human culture- religion. Arguing that religion must be understood in the first instance as deriving from rudimentary human experiences, from lived, embodied practices, S. Brent Plate asks us to put aside, for the moment, questions of belief and abstract ideas. Instead, beginning with the desirous, incomplete human body, he asks us to focus on five ordinary objects-stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread-with which we connect in our pursuit of religious meaning and fulfillment. As Plate considers each of these objects, he explores how the world's religious traditions have put each of them to different uses throughout the millennia. Religion, it turns out, has as much to do with our bodies as our beliefs. Maybe even more.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807036709
ISBN-10: 0807036706
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Beacon Press
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - S. Brent Plate

S. Brent Plate teaches religious studies at Hamilton College and is cofounder and managing editor of Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. His writings have been published in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Christian Century, and Religion Dispatches. His books include Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World and Blasphemy: Art that Offends. He lives in Clinton, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

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