This history-based introduction to the study of religion introduces the main methods, theories and theorists in the field.
- Introduces the main methods, theories and theorists in the field.
- Engages with leading figures from the history of anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy and theology who have influenced the study of religion.
- Reveals how the study of religion evolved in response to great cultural conflicts and major historical events.
- Also considers the influence of inner experience, tacking issues such as human survival and wish-fulfilment.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Thinking about Religion, Instead of Just Believing.
Part I: The Pre-history of the Study of Religion: Responses to an Expanding World.
1 Naturalism, God-given Reason, and the Quest for Natural Religion.
2 The Critique of Religion Also Begins with Criticism of the Bible.
Part II: Classic 19th Century Theorists of the Study of Religion: The Quest for the Origins of Religion in History.
3 The Shock of the Old: Max Müller's Search for the Soul of Europe.
4 The Shock of the 'Savage': Edward Burnett Tylor, Evolution and Spirits.
5 Evolution in the Religion of the Bible: William Robertson Smith.
6 Setting the Eternal Templates of Salvation: James Frazer.
Part III: Classic 20th Century Theorists of the Study of Religion: Defending the Inner Sanctum of Religious Experience or Storming It.
7 From Evolution to Religious Experience: Phenomenology of Religion.
8 Religious Experience Creates the World of the Modern Economy: Max Weber.
9 Tales from the Underground: Freud and the Psychoanalytic Origins of Religion.
10 Bronislaw Malinowski, Bipolarity and the "Sublime Folly" of Religion.
11 Seeing with the Social Eye: Émile Durkheim's "Religious Sociology".
12 Eliade: Turning the "Worm of Doubt".
13 Conclusion: Science of Religion, the Bible and Prince Charming.