Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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Edited by: Robert A. Segal & Kocku von Stuckrad.

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The Vocabulary for the Study of Religion offers a unique overview of critical terms in the study of religion(s). This first dictionary in English covers a broad spectrum of theoretical topics used in the academic study of religion, including those from adjacent disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, historiography, theology, philology, literary studies, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, and political sciences.

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Economics of Religion

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Author(s): Anne Koch
Abstract: The economics of religion, as a very recent perspective, is based on academic traditions that initially described interrelations between religion and the economy, and increasingly analyze i…


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Author(s): Anne Koch
Abstract: The purported economization of life in general and the predicted growing spiritual marketplace in particular make economy a structural influence in religious fields and an urgent theme for …


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Author(s): Ralph W. Hood Jr.
Abstract: Ecstasy can be broadly defined as a state of ergotrophic arousal marked by increased activation of the sympathetic nervous system. It typically includes a changed sense of self that is euph…


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Author(s): Catherine Clifford
Abstract:  This entry explores the etymology of the terms “ecumenism” and “ecumenical” in Greco-Roman culture and in the New Testament, and the technical ecclesiastical meaning of the terms as they d…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler | Marvin Döbler
Abstract: The entry provides an overview of current research and a systematic framework to categorize the different aspects of education, and specifically religious education. Education is a polysemo…


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Author(s): William S.F. Pickering
Abstract: Effervescence is a socio-psychological phenomenon that may accompany certain political and religious events. It is associated with popular ferment and excitement in which individuals find t…