Is There a Better Way to Study Religion? The View of William E. Paden

in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
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This review praises William Paden’s focus on some of the key issues in the study of religion. It questions Paden’s position on three topics: (a) the relationship between evolutionary psychology and functionalism; (b) the compatibility of Durkheim with Eliade; and (c) the ‘newness’ of Paden’s new comparativism.

Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

Journal of the North American Association for the Study of Religion



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