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Faces in the clouds : a new theory of religion

Author: Stewart Guthrie
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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Drawing from the fields of anthropology, cognitive science, philosophy, theology, advertising, literature, art, and animal behavior, Guthrie offers an array of examples to show how anthropomorphism pervades secular life and how it characterizes religious experience.

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Genre/Form: Controversial literature
Ouvrages de controverse
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Guthrie, Stewart, 1941-
Faces in the clouds.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stewart Guthrie
ISBN: 0195069013 9780195069013 0195098919 9780195098914
OCLC Number: 25508102
Description: x, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Need for a Theory --
2. Animism, Perception, and the Effort After Meaning --
3. The Origin of Anthropomorphism --
4. Anthropomorphism as Perception --
5. Anthropomorphism in the Arts --
6. Anthropomorphism in Philosophy and Science --
7. Religion as Anthropomorphism.
Responsibility: Stewart Elliott Guthrie.
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Guthrie contends that religion can best be understood as systematic anthropomorphism - the attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman things and events. Religion, he says, consists of seeing  Read more...


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readers will be intrigued by the book's more general thesis that this anthropomorphism is no less pervasive outside the field of art and aesthetic appreciation of nature, and by Guthrie's attempt to Read more...

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