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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Phenomenology of Religion

(4,611 words)

Author(s): Thomas Ryba
Abstract: Phenomenology of religion has been a characteristic approach of the science of religion. With affinities to philosophical phenomenology, it claims to possess methods which deliver (relative…


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Author(s): Sean Gurd
Abstract: Philology is not a method but a tradition of textual scholarship reaching back into Greco-Roman antiquity. The entry outlines four aspects that have been of central importance to its develo…

Philosophy of Religion

(3,025 words)

Author(s): Charles Taliaferro
Abstract: Philosophy of religion consists in philosophical reflection on matters of religious significance; this includes addressing questions about the nature of God, the soul, the origin and contin…


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Author(s): Simon Coleman
Abstract: Pilgrimage is a form of sacralized mobility that has increased in popularity over the past century, measured in terms of number of participants. The reasons for such growth are taken to inc…
Date: 2014-09-16

Pluralism and Plurality

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Author(s): David Basinger
Abstract: There are a plurality of religions and of variants within each. Religious pluralism is one response to this plurality of religious thought. The two alternative, competing responses are reli…
Date: 2014-09-16