Nine Theories of Religion

Paperback | September 10, 2014

byDaniel Pals

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Nine Theories of Religion, third edition, considers nine of the most important religious theories that have been put forward since the scientific approach to religion first caught the imagination of nineteenth century scholars. In each case, the theory is presented by discussing the backgroundof its major spokesman, discussing key ideas as they are presented in text, noticing its distinctive features in comparison with other theories, and recording the main objections raised by its critics.

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Nine Theories of Religion, third edition, considers nine of the most important religious theories that have been put forward since the scientific approach to religion first caught the imagination of nineteenth century scholars. In each case, the theory is presented by discussing the backgroundof its major spokesman, discussing key idea...

Daniel L. Pals is Professor of Religious Studies and History at University of Miami. He is the author of Introducing Religion: Readings from the Classic Theorists (OUP, 2008).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199859094

ISBN - 13:9780199859092

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. Animism and Magic2. Religion and Personality3. Society as Sacred4. Religion as Alienation5. A Source of Social Action6. The Verdict of Religious Experience7. The Reality of the Sacred8. Society's "Construct of the Heart"9. Religion as Cultural System10. ConclusionIndex

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"Daniel Pals is a clear, thoughtful writer. The book's introduction is a superb opening into the historical arena of religious studies." --Dr. Anthony Sciglitano, Seton Hall University