Religion: The Classical Theories

Religion: The Classical Theories

by James Thrower
     
 

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

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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.

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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)

Table of Contents

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

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