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Religion studies is a discipline that aims to understand world religion from a secular and objective point of view. The academic study of religion differs from theology in how scholars must maintain a critical historical perspective on the material they study. The field employs techniques from various disciplines and areas of study, including but not limited to philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, literature, and psychology. One may approach the study of religion from either a reductionist or a non-reductionist point of view, and may choose to narrow their study to various sub-fields based on method, religion of concentration, region, time period, or comparative study.

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  1. What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? Almost everyone would agree that we-in the West, at least-largely do. And clearly the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly in the last few centuries. In what will be a…
  2. Many of the traditions which we think of as very ancient in their origins were not in fact sanctioned by long usage over the centuries, but were invented comparatively recently. This book explores examples of this process of invention - the creation…
  3. Michel de Certeau considers the uses to which social representation and modes of social behavior are put by individuals and groups, describing the tactics available to the common man for reclaiming his own autonomy from the all-pervasive forces of…
  4. Introduction / Mark C. Taylor -- 1. Belief / Donald S. Lopez, Jr. -- 2. Body / William R. LaFleur -- 3. Conflict / Bruce Lincoln -- 4. Culture / Tomoko Masuzawa -- 5. Experience / Robert H. Sharf -- 6. Gender / Daniel Boyarin -- 7. God / Francis…
  5. With the rise of science, we moderns believe, the world changed irrevocably, separating us forever from our primitive, premodern ancestors. But if we were to let go of this fond conviction, Bruno Latour asks, what would the world look like? His…

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