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Theology and the First Theory of Sacrifice
     

Theology and the First Theory of Sacrifice

by Ivan Strenski
 

Are social scientific theories and confessional theologies of sacrifice equally well suited as public discourse about religion? The French liberal Protestant theologians of the 5th Section of the École Pratique and the French doyen of sociology, Émile Durkheim and his two main followers, Henri Hubert and Marcel Mauss, engage in a struggle over the

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Are social scientific theories and confessional theologies of sacrifice equally well suited as public discourse about religion? The French liberal Protestant theologians of the 5th Section of the École Pratique and the French doyen of sociology, Émile Durkheim and his two main followers, Henri Hubert and Marcel Mauss, engage in a struggle over the proper approach to sacrifice in the public university. The Durkheimians argued that theological language and assumptions were inappropriate for this purpose because of their confessional allegiances. Another approach to sacrifice, free of confessional entanglements, was required. This is what Hubert and Mauss sought to provide in the Sacrifice: Its Nature and Function.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004135598
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
Numen Book Series , #98
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
9.58(w) x 6.36(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Strenski, Ph.D. (1969) Religious Studies, Birmingham University (UK) is the Holstein Family and Community Professor or Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He has authored five previous books and over 50 articles on various subjects such as myth, sacrifice, ritual, nationalism, and contemporary theories of religion.

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