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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Elective Affinity

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Author(s): Andreas E. Buss
Abstract: The term “elective affinity” originated in the natural sciences, was made popular by Goethe’s novel Die Wahlverwandtschaften, and was introduced by Max Weber into the social sciences. Here it refers to (1) a…


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Author(s): Alexander Nagel
Abstract: Concepts of elites are discussed from a sociological and from a religious studies perspective. In the first part, sociological distinctions between monistic and pluralistic theories of elit…


(6 words)

Abstract:   ⸙Body / Embodiment Bibliography 

Emic / Etic

(8 words)

Abstract:   ⸙ Insider / Outsider Bibliography 


(2,728 words)

Author(s): Ole Riis
Abstract: A religious community contains not only teachings but also emotions which members are expected to nurture as they participate in rituals and confront religious symbols. The community decide…


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Author(s): Daniel Siegel
Abstract: Empathy is both a technical term used in a range of scientific and clinical fields and a common term used in everyday discourse. In popular usage empathy refers to the ability to understand…


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Author(s): Kieron O'Hara
Abstract: The Enlightenment was a social and intellectual movement of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It was characterized by skepticism about authority and by respect for the power of reas…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Abstract:   ⸙Hallucinogens and Entheogens Bibliography 


(4,283 words)

Author(s): Laurence Coupe
Abstract: The word “environment” is here used to refer to both the human and non-human spheres, but with special emphasis on the dependence of the former on the latter. We explore the range of associ…
Date: 2014-09-16