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Religion: A Humanist Interpretation represents a lifetime's work on the anthropology of religion from a rather unusual personal viewpoint. Raymond Firth treats religion as a human art, capable of great intellectual and artistic achievements, but also of complex manipulation to serve the human interests of those who believe in it and operate it. His study is comparative, drawing material from a range of religions around the world. Its findings are a challenge to established beliefs.
This anthropological approach to the study of religion covers themes ranging from; religious belief and personal adjustment; gods and God; offering and sacrifice;religion and politics; Malay magic and spirit mediumship; truth and paradox in religion.
|1||An anthropological approach to the study of religion||1|
|2||Religious belief and personal adjustment||14|
|3||Spiritual aroma? Religion and politics||48|
|4||Gods and God: monotheism and polytheism||72|
|5||Offering and sacrifice: problems of organization||93|
|6||Ritual and drama in Malay spirit mediumship||110|
|7||Faith and scepticism in Kelantan village magic||133|
|8||Paradox in religious systems||156|
|9||The truth of religion?||212|