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What is religion?

Author: Jeppe Sinding Jensen
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Starting from the premise that religion is a human endeavour that can be analysed and compared across time and cultures, What Is Religion? brings the most up-to-date scholarship to bear on humankind's most enduring creation. Religious belief is one of the most pervasive and ubiquitous characteristics of human society. Religion has influenced human lives since prehistoric times, shaping the world views of cultures  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Jensen, Jeppe Sinding, 1951-
What is religion?
New York : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019007866
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeppe Sinding Jensen
ISBN: 9780429504167 0429504160 9780429996085 042999608X 9780429996078 0429996071 9780429996061 0429996063 9781315729466 1315729466
OCLC Number: 1089275998
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: What is this thing called religion? --
Some ideas about religion --
A very short history of the idea of religion --
Types and elements of religion --
Beliefs, ideas, and representations --
Religious practices and behaviours, also known as ritual --
Institutions: ethics, morality, and norms in religion --
Religion today: modernity, postmodernity, and secularization --
A brief conclusion.
Responsibility: Jeppe Sinding Jensen.

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Starting from the premise that religion is a human endeavour that can be analysed and compared across time and cultures, What Is Religion? brings the most up-to-date scholarship to bear on humankind's most enduring creation. Religious belief is one of the most pervasive and ubiquitous characteristics of human society. Religion has influenced human lives since prehistoric times, shaping the world views of cultures from isolated tribes to vast empires. The book opens with a brief history of the idea of religion, then divides the study of religion into four essential topics - types, representations, practices and institutions - and concludes with a final, eye-opening chapter on religion today. Packed with case studies from a wide range of religions, past and present, What Is Religion? offers a very current, comprehensive, yet intellectually challenging, overview of the history, theories, practices and study of religion. Thoroughly updated throughout, this second edition provides an accessible, wide-ranging, engaging and concise book for undergraduate students in the study of religion. It is also invaluable for students of anthropology, history, psychology, sociology and theology as well as anyone interested in how and why humans became and continue to be religious.

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