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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Theater / Theatricality

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Author(s): Erika Fischer-Lichte
Abstract: Proceeding from the history of the terms “theater” and “theatricality” and their usage in different languages, the entry surveys the great variance of their possible meanings. A basic defin…


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Author(s): Richard Gale✝
Abstract: A theodicy makes available to God a morally exonerating reason for allowing evil. There are a variety of different kinds of evil and thus a variety of different kinds of theodicies, among w…


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Author(s): Apostolos Athanassakis
Abstract: Theogonies are about the origins of the gods. Cosmogonies are about the origins of the world. In the early archaic period of Greece Hesiod composed his Theogonia, which was both a cosmogony and a theogony. The world a…


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Author(s): Volker Küster
Abstract: Theology must itself define its position in relation to religious studies as well as other religion. As an academic discipline it is an invention of Western Christianity, refined through th…

Theories of Religion

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Author(s): Robert Segal
Abstract: Theories of anything are generalizations about a category — here religion. Most modern theories of religion come from the social sciences. Older ones came from the humanities, above all fro…


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Abstract:   ⸙Other-Worldly and This-Worldly Bibliography 


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Author(s): Richard Gale✝
Abstract: Western theists are divided on how to conceive of God’s relation to time. Biblically based theists hold God to be everlasting in the same time that contains worldly events. By contrast, Sai…
Date: 2014-09-16