Religions_whatever else they may be_are configurations of cultural information reproduced across space and time. Beginning with this seemingly obvious fact of religious transmission, Harvey Whitehouse goes on to construct a testable theory of how religions are created, passed on, and changed. At the center of his theory are two divergent 'modes of religiosity:' the imagistic and the doctrinal.
Harvey Whitehouse's Modes of Religiosity is very serious, part of a new movement that challenges everything that is usually written about religiosity. -- Mary Douglas, University College, London
Recommended. -- E.O. Springsted, General Theological Seminary * CHOICE *
An important book on ritual theory. * International Review Of Biblical Studies *
For the specialist in religious studies as well as the scholar willing to venture into a different aspect of this discipline, there is no doubt on the part of this reviewer that careful attention to Whitehouse' text, theory and arguments will pay large dividends. * Bridges *
This book is wide-ranging and is a valuable contribution to the study of religion. * History of Religions, May 2008 *
In his ambitious new book, Harvey Whitehouse develops his influential 'modes of religiosity' theory, robustly defends it against his critics and bravely provides predictions to be tested against the world's religions, past and present. It is a huge step forward in our understanding of religion-the most curious, creative, and at times deeply destructive, force that resides within the human mind. -- Steven Mithen, University of Reading
Series: Cognitive Science of Religion
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.44