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The study of religions

Keith Ward

in A Century of Theological and Religious Studies in Britain, 1902-2002

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263051
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734090 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263051.003.0011

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The study of religions

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This chapter discusses the study of religions. The first section attempts to define the term ‘religion’, and shows that specific definitions of religion clearly express the inclinations of their propagators. The patterns of religion are examined, followed by a discussion of the various anthropological approaches. The phenomenological approach and social theories of religion are studied, along with reasons and religious belief. The problem of religious diversity is discussed in the latter portion of the chapter.

Keywords: study of religions; defining religion; patterns of religion; anthropological approaches; phenomenological approach; social theories; religious belief; religious diversity

Chapter.  10715 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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