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The Craft of Religious Studies
     

The Craft of Religious Studies

by Jon R. Stone (Editor)
 
A collection of essays by distinguished scholars in the academic study of religion, The Craft of Religious Studies represents the variety of research and analytical methods that researchers employ when examining religious phenomena, whether personally or socially expressed. Autobiographical in cast, this collection points to diverse approaches to the academic study

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A collection of essays by distinguished scholars in the academic study of religion, The Craft of Religious Studies represents the variety of research and analytical methods that researchers employ when examining religious phenomena, whether personally or socially expressed. Autobiographical in cast, this collection points to diverse approaches to the academic study of religion and highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the field. While the ways scholars approach the study of religion in human culture vary, the common ground among them-as seen in these 14 contributions-remains their quest for understanding more so than the paths toward understanding they have chosen.

Author Biography: Jon R. Stone currently teaches in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Booknews
Professors of religious studies and philosophy of religion contribute autobiographical essays on methodological issues that occur during the academic study of religion. Among the issues covered are the challenges of defining one's terms in the context of religious studies, the search for a method that distinguishes religious studies from other academic disciplines, the assumptions and preconceptions that scholars of religion have to deal with both in themselves and others, and the individual approaches that each of the contributors has chosen in his or own work and life. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312177270
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/15/1998
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Jon R. Stone currently teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of On the Boundaries of American Evangelicalism (SMP).

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