Introduction

The Persistence of Comparison

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Abstract

This is an introduction to the commissioned papers of the review panel of William Paden’s New Patterns for Comparative Religion: Passages to an Evolutionary Perspective (2016).

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  • Mancini, Silvia (2007). Comparativism in the History of Religions: Some Models and Key Issues. Religion 37, pp. 282-293.

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  • Masuzawa, Tomoko (2005). The Invention of World Religions: Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism. Chicago, IL and London: University of Chicago Press.

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  • Paden, William E. (2016). New Patterns for Comparative Religion: Passages to an Evolutionary Perspective. New York and London: Bloomsbury.

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  • Patton, Kimberley C. & Benjamin C. Ray (2000). A Magic Still Dwells: Comparative Religion in the Postmodern Age. Berkeley, CA and London: University of California Press.

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  • Segal, Robert A. (2001). In Defense of the Comparative Method. Numen 48 (3), pp. 339-373.

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  • Smith, Jonathan Z. (1990). Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

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  • Van der Veer, Peter (2016). The Value of Comparison. Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press.

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