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The study of religions

Keith Ward

in A Century of Theological and Religious Studies in Britain, 1902-2002

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263051
eISBN:
9780191734090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263051.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses the study of religions. The first section attempts to define the term ‘religion’, and shows that specific definitions of religion clearly express the inclinations of their ... More


Defining Religion

Steve Bruce

in Researching Religion: Why We Need Social Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198786580
eISBN:
9780191828904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786580.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Religious Studies

We cannot explain if we cannot identify what needs explaining. This chapter challenges the idea that religion is particularly difficult to define. It demonstrates that what are often called ... More


Secular Law and the Realm of False Religion

Jakob De Roover

in After Secular Law

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775366
eISBN:
9780804780704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775366.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter examines how secular law is drawn into defining religion. It argues that in making such determinations, secular authorities are bound to smuggle in one particular theological conception ... More


Conclusion

Ira Helderman

in Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781469648521
eISBN:
9781469648545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648521.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Religion

By the Conclusion, the diversity that exists among psychotherapists’ approaches to Buddhist traditions is clear. However, Prescribing the Dharma also informs larger questions in religious studies by ... More


Introduction

Patrick Gray

in Varieties of Religious Invention: Founders and Their Functions in History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199359714
eISBN:
9780190264253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359714.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Introduction presents the chapters comprising the book and describes the focal questions with which they are concerned: (1) Who is traditionally regarded as the founder, and what other ... More


God

Michael Ruse

in Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190241025
eISBN:
9780190241056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241025.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The best way to approach the question of Darwinism as a religion is to give a polythetic definition of religion—a number of features (God, origins, humans, race and class, morality, sex, sin and ... More


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