Understanding Theories of Religion: An Introduction (2nd Edition)

Understanding Theories of Religion: An Introduction (2nd Edition)

By: Ivan Strenski (author)Paperback

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Featuring comprehensive updates and additions, the second edition of Understanding Theories of Religion explores the development of major theories of religion through the works of classic and contemporary figures. A new edition of this introductory text exploring the core methods and theorists in religion, spanning the sixteenth-century through to the latest theoretical trends Features an entirely new section covering religion and postmodernism; race, sex, and gender; and religion and postcolonialism Examines the development of religious theories through the work of classic and contemporary figures from the history of anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and theology Reveals how the study of religion evolved in response to great cultural conflicts and major historical events Student-friendly features include chapter introductions and summaries, biographical vignettes, a timeline, a glossary, and many other learning aids

About Author

Ivan Strenski is Holstein Family and Community Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He served as North American Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Religion from 1979-2004, and is the author of numerous books, including Contesting Sacrifice: Religion, Nationalism and Social Thought (2002), Theology and the First Theory of Sacrifice (2003), The New Durkheim: Essays on Philosophy, Religious Identity and the Politics of Knowledge (2006), and Why Politics Can t Be Freed from Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). He is also editor of Emile Durkheim (2009), and Thinking about Religion: A Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006).


Preface to the Second Edition: Understanding, Instead of Just Thinking vii 1 Introduction: Understanding Theories of Religion Is Better than Just Being Critical 1 Part I The Prehistory of the Study of Religion: Responses to an Expanding World 7 2 Jean Bodin and Herbert of Cherbury: True Religion, Essential Religion, and Natural Religion 9 3 Understanding Religion Also Began with Trying to Understand the Bible 19 Part II Classic Nineteenth-Century Theorists of the Study of Religion: The Quest for the Origins of Religion in History 31 4 Max Muller, the Comparative Study of Religion, and the Search for Other Bibles in India 33 5 The Shock of the Savage : Edward Burnett Tylor, Evolution, and Spirits 45 6 The Religion of the Bible Evolves: William Robertson Smith 55 7 Setting the Eternal Templates of Salvation: James Frazer 65 Part III Classic Twentieth-Century Theorists of the Study of Religion: Defending the Inner Sanctum of Religious Experience or Storming It 75 8 Understanding How to Understand Religion: Phenomenology of Religion 77 9 How Religious Experience Created Capitalism: Max Weber 93 10 Tales from the Underground: Freud and the Psychoanalytic Origins of Religion 106 11 Bronislaw Malinowski and the Sublime Folly of Religion 118 12 Seeing God with the Social Eye: Durkheim s Religious Sociology 129 13 Mircea Eliade: Turning Back the Worm of Doubt 142 Part IV Liberation and Post-Modernism: Race, Gender, Post-Colonialism, the Discourse on Power 155 14 From Modernism to Post-Modernism: Mostly Michel Foucault 157 15 Theorizing Religion with Race in Mind: Prophecy or Curiosity? 171 16 Sex/Gender and Women: Feminists Theorizing Religion 189 17 Another Otherness : Post-Colonial Theories of Religion 216 18 Conclusion: Being Smart about Bringing Religion Back In 241 Index 254

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781444330847
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781444330847
  • weight: 432
  • ISBN10: 1444330845
  • edition: 2nd Edition

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