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Studying religion : an introduction

Author: Russell T McCutcheon
Publisher: London ; Oakville, CT : Equinox Pub., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While many entry-level resources concentrate on providing detailed descriptions of the world's religions, Studying Religion turns its attention from the data of religion to the analytic skills required of anyone interested in studying the behaviours and institutions that we commonly name as religions. It shifts the focus from describing the exotic or curious religious "Other" to examining scholarly practice itself,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Russell T McCutcheon
ISBN: 9781845530112 184553011X 9781845530129 1845530128
OCLC Number: 124538870
Description: xiv, 206 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: What is the study of religion? --
What's in a name? --
The history of 'religion' --
The essentials of religion --
The functions of religion --
The public discourse on religion --
Religion and the insider/outsider problem --
The resemblance among religions --
Religion and classification --
Afterword: The necessary lie : duplicity in the disciplines / by Jonathan Z. Smith.
Responsibility: Russell T. McCutcheon.
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Looks not at the data but at the analytic skills required of those studying the behaviours and institutions that we commonly name as religions.  Read more...

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