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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Author(s): Irene J.F. de Jong
Abstract: Narrative plays a crucial role in religion. Most religious texts are wholly or substantially in narrative form (myth, Bible) or embed narratives (prayers and hymns). And many epic narratives have a semi-religious status or at least, with gods playing a central role, contribute significantly to religious beliefs. In the course of the twentieth century (semi-)religious narrative texts like the Bible and Homeric epics started to be studied specifically as narratives, an approach which helped to explain their quality as world lit…

Nation / Nationalism

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Author(s): Anthony Smith
Abstract: The concept of the nation may be defined as a territorial human communi…


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Author(s): Mark McNally
Abstract: While the concept of nativism emerged within the context of nineteenth-century American religious history, it has since developed into two distinct forms; one that is dominant in American h…


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Author(s): Keith Prof. Yandell
Abstract: Metaphysical and epistemological naturalism are widely accepted in contemporary philosophy. This situtation is historically atypical and, in various ways, is strongly influenced by the success of natural science. Its presence is most obvious in philosophy of mind and efforts to “naturalize philosophy” —  meaning to “replace some area of philosophy by some discipline in or sub-discipline in the natural sciences.” The roots of epistemological naturalism lie in classical empi…


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Author(s): Bron Taylor | Joseph Witt
Abstract: Conceptions of nature and its relationship to religion have varied widely. For some early scholars of religion, nature provided the base set of experiences out of which humans developed the…

New Age

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Author(s): Olav Hammer
Abstract: In contemporary West…
Date: 2014-09-16

New Religious Movements

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Author(s): James Lewis
Abstract: “New religious movements” (NRM) is an academic expression applied to a res…

New Year

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Abstract:   ⸙Calendar and New Year Bibliography