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Religion : the classical theories

Author: James Thrower
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©1999.
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""Why theories of religion?" After raising and answering this question the author begins his examination of theories of religion by first looking at the explanations given by religious believers (Revelation and Religious experience). He then considers the view of thinkers who have sought to transform religion into philosophy (Plato, Kant and Hegel), before reviewing the theories of those who have seen religion as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Thrower, James, 1936-1999.
Religion.
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)41596227
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Thrower
ISBN: 0585105146 9780585105147
OCLC Number: 43475888
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 209 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Religious Theories of Religion --
Religion as Revelation --
Religion as Experience --
Religion as Philosophy --
Naturalistic Theories of Religion --
Religion as Human Construct: Some Greek and Roman Theories of Religion --
Religion as Primitive Error --
Religion as Psychological Construct --
Religion as Social Construct --
Conclusion: What is Religion?
Responsibility: James Thrower.

Abstract:

""Why theories of religion?" After raising and answering this question the author begins his examination of theories of religion by first looking at the explanations given by religious believers (Revelation and Religious experience). He then considers the view of thinkers who have sought to transform religion into philosophy (Plato, Kant and Hegel), before reviewing the theories of those who have seen religion as arising out of errors in primitive thinking (Tyler, Frazer and Levy-Bruhl) and those 'masters of suspicion', as Paul Ricoeur has called them, (Feuerbach, Nietzsche, Marx and Freud) who offered what they believed to be exhaustive psychological and sociological theories of the origin and nature of religion--publisher's description.

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