Language, Truth, and Religious Belief: Studies in Twentieth-Century Theory and Method in Religion

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Why do many people think religion is subjective? Or symbolic? Or non-rational? This book brings together eighteen important twentieth-century essays on these questions, by authors ranging from Ludwig Wittgenstein to Richard Rorty and Clifford Geertz. The editors show that such questions are both quite modern and powerfully influential in our Western thinking about religious belief. Moreover, they lead directly into the three most popular theories that attempt to make sense of religion: positivism, functionalism, ...

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Overview

Why do many people think religion is subjective? Or symbolic? Or non-rational? This book brings together eighteen important twentieth-century essays on these questions, by authors ranging from Ludwig Wittgenstein to Richard Rorty and Clifford Geertz. The editors show that such questions are both quite modern and powerfully influential in our Western thinking about religious belief. Moreover, they lead directly into the three most popular theories that attempt to make sense of religion: positivism, functionalism, and relativism. Selecting essays that represent each of these three theoretical positions, Frankenberry and Penner trace their incoherence and argue for a new method and theory for understanding religious beliefs.

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An anthology of 18 writings deemed to be the most influential in current and future thought about religion, assembled for a senior college course. Covers the legacy of logical positivism for the study of religion, the shift from logical positivism first to functionalism then to relativism, and new theories for the study of religion. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788505409
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/2/1999
  • Series: AAR Texts and Translations Series , #19
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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