Seth Kunin Theories of Religion: A Reader

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Theories of Religion: A Reader

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This book provides a comprehensive selection of readings that relate to and explore the definition of religion. The texts come from a wide range of approaches, unified both by the questions they are addressing and their broadly social scientific perspective. The disciplines covered include anthropology, phenomenology, psychology and sociology. The editors have also included some key texts relating to the feminist approach to and critique of religion.

            The first section of the book includes some of the foundational texts, such as materials by Marx, Freud, and Durkheim. The remaining sections look at more recent discussions of the issues from the different disciplinary perspectives. Each reading is introduced by a biographical sketch of the author. The book also includes introductory discussions to each section that both raise the key issues developed in a particular discipline and address the disciplinary approaches from a more critical stance.

            Theories of Religion: A Reader is an invaluable critical resource, accessible to a broad audience as well as students of theology and religious studies.

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About the Author:

Seth D. Kunin, dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Durham, is author of Religion: the Modern Theories, coeditor of A Companion to Religious Studies and Theology, and editor of Themes and Issues in Judaism. Jonathan Miles-Watson is lecturer in anthropology at the University of Wales Swansea.

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Religion: The Modern Theories has helped me structure my teaching of this material and it has helped my students as a text book which supports and accompanies my teaching of the material. All that I was missing were the original sources that Kunin was drawing on. Now Kunin has graciously decided to furnish me with those very selections themselves. I will now have the sources available in a parallel volume ! and refer one back to the other. -- Dr. Neil Gillman, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Jewish Philosophy, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Religion: The Modern Theories has helped me structure my teaching of this material and it has helped my students as a text book which supports and accompanies my teaching of the material. All that I was missing were the original sources that Kunin was drawing on. Now Kunin has graciously decided to furnish me with those very selections themselves. I will now have the sources available in a parallel volume ! and refer one back to the other.

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