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Religion : The Classical Theories - James A. Thrower


The Classical Theories

Paperback Published: 28th May 1999
ISBN: 9780878407514
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Religious Theories of Religion
Religion as Revelationp. 9
Religion as Experiencep. 49
Religion as Philosophyp. 74
Naturalistic Theories of Religion
Religion as Human Construct: Some Greek and Roman Theories of Religionp. 93
Religion as Primitive Errorp. 99
Religion as Psychological Constructp. 126
Religion as Social Constructp. 161
Conclusion: What is Religion?p. 202
Indexp. 206
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ISBN: 9780878407514
ISBN-10: 0878407510
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 28th May 1999
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34

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