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): Andrew Chignell
Abstract: Fideism (literally “faith-ism,” from the Latin fides) is the view that one can legitimately hold propositions on faith without having sufficient epistemic evidence for them, without feeling rationa…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Antonius Robben
Abstract: Fieldwork is the empirical study of people, cultures, and subjects with qualitative methods through prolonged participation and good rapport in local settings. Scientific data are gathered …


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Author(s): Michael McBride
Abstract: Financing is the act of raising or providing funds. Any organization, including religious institutions, must engage in financing activities to cover expenses. Churches and parachurch organi…