Introduction: Modern Dilemmas in Writing on Religion

Daniel Gold

in Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520236134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929517 | DOI:
Introduction: Modern Dilemmas in Writing on Religion

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This chapter initiates a discussion on the aesthetics of writing on religion, engaging some questions raised by its apparent centrality in the field of religious studies. Most religion scholars seem to share a fascination with the human depth of the material they study, which makes the aesthetics of writing on religion more central to the institutional coherence of their field. A number of the most influential writers on religion have consistently managed to express something of the depth that they see in the data of religious life to others inside and outside the academy. The chapter declares the attempts of the book to rethink religious studies in a way that takes seriously the aesthetic dimensions of an influential strand of humanistic writing on religious life. This forms the foundation of the argument on the sufferings of interpretative writing from modern dilemma.

Keywords: aesthetics of writing; religious studies; human depth; institutional coherence; humanistic writing; interpretative writing

Chapter.  3938 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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