This comprehensive introduction to theories of religion is the first single-volume exploration of ideas put forward by both believers and non-believers.
James Thrower analyzes the different types of explanations of religion, not just the thoughts of individuals, advanced primarily -- but not exclusively -- from within the Western tradition. He begins by looking at religious explanations of religion, which define religion as revelation, experience or philosophy (Plato, Kant, and Hegel). He then examines the naturalist, or nonreligious, explanations, from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology, including the "masters of suspicion" (including Feurbach, Nietzsche, Marx, Tylor, Frazer, and Freud). The scope of this book ranges from the classical, Semitic, and Indian religious traditions through contemporary thinkers.
Thrower concludes by considering the future of the religions of the world in light of the increasingly close inter-religious encounters that are becoming a feature of the global village of the twenty-first century.
|Religious Theories of Religion|
|Religion as Revelation||p. 9|
|Religion as Experience||p. 49|
|Religion as Philosophy||p. 74|
|Naturalistic Theories of Religion|
|Religion as Human Construct: Some Greek and Roman Theories of Religion||p. 93|
|Religion as Primitive Error||p. 99|
|Religion as Psychological Construct||p. 126|
|Religion as Social Construct||p. 161|
|Conclusion: What is Religion?||p. 202|
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For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 28th May 1999
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34