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The anthropology of Western religions : ideas, organizations, and constituencies

Author: Murray J Leaf
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The world's?great? religions depend on traditions of serious scholarship, dedicated to preserving their key texts but also to understanding them and, therefore, to debating what understanding itself is and how best to do it. They also have important public missions of many kinds, and their ideas and organizations influence many other important institutions, including government, law, education, and kinship. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Murray J Leaf
ISBN: 9780739192382 0739192388 9780739195833 0739195832
OCLC Number: 870985489
Description: xii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Backgrounds to the West --
Judaism --
Early Christianity --
Islam --
Later Christianity --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Murray J. Leaf.

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The world's?great? religions depend on traditions of serious scholarship, dedicated to preserving their key texts but also to understanding them and, therefore, to debating what understanding itself is and how best to do it. They also have important public missions of many kinds, and their ideas and organizations influence many other important institutions, including government, law, education, and kinship. The Anthropology of Western Religions: Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies is a comparative survey of the world's major religious traditions as professional enterprises and, often, as social movements. Documenting the principle ideas behind Western religious traditions from an anthropological perspective, Murray J. Leaf demonstrates how these ideas have been used in building internal organizations that mobilize or fail to mobilize external support. --Provided by publisher.

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Leaf offers a careful, useful, and balanced study of the anthropology of Eastern and Western religions. Rather than focusing on the philosophy or theology of religion, these volumes discuss religious Read more...

 
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