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Religion: The Classical Theories
     

Religion: The Classical Theories

by James Thrower
 

ISBN-10: 0878407510

ISBN-13: 9780878407514

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

This comprehensive introduction to theories of religion is the first single-volume exploration of ideas put forward by both believers and non-believers.

James Thrower analyzes the different types of explanations of religion, not just the thoughts of individuals, advanced primarily—but not exclusively—from within the Western tradition. He begins by

Overview

This comprehensive introduction to theories of religion is the first single-volume exploration of ideas put forward by both believers and non-believers.

James Thrower analyzes the different types of explanations of religion, not just the thoughts of individuals, advanced primarily—but not exclusively—from within the Western tradition. He begins by looking at religious explanations of religion, which define religion as revelation, experience or philosophy (Plato, Kant, and Hegel). He then examines the naturalist, or nonreligious, explanations, from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology, including the "masters of suspicion" (including Feurbach, Nietzsche, Marx, Tylor, Frazer, and Freud). The scope of this book ranges from the classical, Semitic, and Indian religious traditions through contemporary thinkers.

Thrower concludes by considering the future of the religions of the world in light of the increasingly close inter-religious encounters that are becoming a feature of the global village of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878407514
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
0.50(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1.Introduction1
Part IReligious Theories of Religion
2.Religion as Revelation9
3.Religion as Experience49
4.Religion as Philosophy74
Part IINaturalistic Theories of Religion
5.Religion as Human Construct: Some Greek and Roman Theories of Religion93
6.Religion as Primitive Error99
7.Religion as Psychological Construct126
8.Religion as Social Construct161
9.Conclusion: What is Religion?202
Index206

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