Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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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): Raphael Cohen-Almagor
Abstract: The origins of the concept of tolerance are explored via looking at the writings of Castellio, Locke, and Mill. The contest between rival religious and political opinions sparked discussion…


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Author(s): John Morton
Abstract: Totems are emblems of individual and collective identity. They usually consist of animate objects, leading early commentators to think of them as spirits associated with primitive nature wo…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Christian Kopff
Abstract: Tradition concerns practices, verbal expressions, and concepts handed down from the past. Traditions facilitate human interaction, systems of thought and practice that have “stood the test …


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Author(s): Wouter Hanegraaff
Abstract: “Trance” is an umbrella term comprising a wide variety of psychophysiological conditions also known by terms such as “ecstasy,” ”dissociation,” or “alterations of consciousness.” All variet…

Transcendence and Immanence

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Author(s): Wessel Stoker
Abstract: This entry clarifies the pair transcendence and immanence and outlines their historical development. The pair functions in the secular age in a society that is characterized by an immanent …


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Abstract:   ⸙Initiation / Transformation Bibliography 


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Author(s): Steven Engler | Mark Gardiner
Abstract: Translation plays a basic and relatively unexamined role in the study of religion. Comparative, cross-cultural study, education, and dissemination presuppose the existence of primary and se…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Klaus Boehnke
Abstract: In the social sciences, “transmission” refers to the conveyance of cognitions, emotions, and behavior between agents. Most typical are studies on the intergenerational similarity of value p…

Transnational / Transnationalism

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Author(s): Ludger Pries
Abstract: Religion is a social phenomenon as old as the human race and has been present in all human formations known today. Religious ideas, religious practices, and religious organizations extend a…


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Author(s): Selma Leydesdorff
Abstract: This article describes the development of the meaning of the word “trauma” and the way the term is now used in a much wider way by public speech. Originally, trauma was only used in a psych…


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Author(s): William Doty
Abstract: Trickster figures are often rather comical, but by representing taboo topics such as sexuality they often teach by negative example. Sometimes considered as important shapers of features of…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Shira Wolosky
Abstract: Trope is a rhetorical term, describing linguistic structures as they appear in text and speech, a tool for analyzing various language samples. But trope has in fact been central to religiou…


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Author(s): Lenn Goodman
Abstract: Intuitively, sentences are true when they correspond to facts. While some philosophers find correspondence problematic and take their standard of truth from coherence, or the fit of one cla…
Date: 2014-09-16