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Religious Criticism

Steven J. Friesen

in Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195131536
eISBN:
9780199834198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195131533.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Lays out a theoretical orientation that allows Friesen to compare the evidence for the imperial cult institutions of mainstream society with a visionary religious text like Revelation, which was ... More


Maps of Nothing in Particular: Religion as a Cross-cultural Taxon

William E. Arnal and Russell T. McCutcheon

in The Sacred Is the Profane: The Political Nature of "Religion"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199757114
eISBN:
9780199979530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757114.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores more recent work in the field of religious studies in which the question of defining religion is again addressed and in which the modern parameters of the category of religion ... More


Crystallization of a Religious Tradition: The Sikh Panth

Pashaura Singh

in Life and Work of Guru Arjan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679212
eISBN:
9780199080687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679212.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

Wilfred Cantwell Smith argues that it is somehow incorrect to refer to Guru Nanak as ‘the founder of Sikhism’. This chapter shows that the pattern of development and consolidation of the Sikh Panth ... More


Modes of (Non-)Religiosity and Unbelief

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812608
eISBN:
9780199919406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This theoretical chapter builds upon the argument of Ulrich Berner that it is often more fruitful to heuristically structure religious fields not just along the lines of religion, but by ... More


Scriptures and Histories

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of his appreciation for the work of Wilfred Cantwell Smith. He reflects on W. C. Smith's article “The Study of Religion and the Study of the Bible” ... More


Longing and Gender: A Response to Holly Hillgardner and Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier

Amir Hussain

in Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823274666
eISBN:
9780823274710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823274666.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter is a response by Muslim theologia, Amir Hussain to the work of Holly Hillgardner and Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier. It takes the connections between the Christian and Indic traditions discussed ... More


Religion as Alternative Reality

Mark Juergensmeyer

in God at War: A Meditation on Religion and Warfare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190079178
eISBN:
9780190079208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190079178.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 3 explores the notion that, like war, religion is an imagined alternative reality. The chapter begins with the remarkable success of the Left Behind novels, Evangelical Protestant novels that ... More


Defining the Religious: Comprehensive Qualitative Orientation

John J. Thatamanil

in Circling the Elephant: A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823288526
eISBN:
9780823290314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823288526.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter takes on the following tasks. First, it contends that genealogy of religions does not dispel the possibility of advancing new theories of the religious. Genealogical inquiry can provide ... More


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