What is Religion?

Origins, Definitions, and Explanations


What is Religion? consists of fourteen essays written by a selection of scholars who represent a wide spectrum of approaches to the acedamic study of religion.
Each of the essays is an effort not only to take stock of the present controversy concerning appropriate methodologies for the study of religion, but also to take one giant step beyond that to formulate a precise definition of religion.
Given the considerable confusion today about what it is exactly that religious studies scholars take to be their subject matter when they presume to professionally teachabout religion, this volume provides a much needed forum for leading scholars to debate and clarify what professors of religious studies understand as the central object or objects under their scrunity.
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Biographical Note

Thomas A. Idinopulos, Ph.D., University of Chicago, is Professor of Religious Studies at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His publications include Religion and Reductionism (co-editor, Brill, 1994) and The Sacred and its Scholars (co-editor, Brill, 1996)
Brian C. Wilson, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, is Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University.

Review Quotes

' I recommend this book [...] because it exposes tensions and strategies in the academic study of religion in the United States and Canada.'
Armin W. Geertz, The Journal of Religion, 2001.


This volume will be of interest not only to historians of religous specialists in Religious Studies, but also to anthropologists, sociologists, historians and specialists in Cultural Studies.


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