GEORGES BATAILLE'S SURREALISTIC THEORYOFRELIGION ROBERT A. CAMPBELL Georges Bataille offers a perspective on religion that emphasizes what might be considered the most corrupt and undesirable elements of human existence. In a previous issue of this journal, Carl Olson (1994) presents an
Make no mistake, the reasoned and systematic, measured and precise critique of religious studies that Manuel Vásquez levels in More than Belief: A Materialist TheoryofReligion (2010) in fact upends our discipline like so many money-lenders’ tables in the temple. From the perspective of Latin
many of those already enumerated, have insisted that the manner in which this category plays a, perhaps the constitutive role in Religious Studies, necessitates thoroughgoing critique of the discipline in all its venues and manifestations.
While our great predecessors in theoryofreligion did not
Materialist TheoryofReligion . Vásquez’s book felt like a cool drink of water after a long slog through a hot, inhospitable desert. More than Belief directly addressed the problematic bifurcation that I had observed in the literature on religion and the body that divided analytical systems into opposing
Abstract: Theories of anything are generalizations about a category — here religion. Most modern theoriesofreligion come from the social sciences. Older ones came from the humanities, above all from philosophy. The main questions that theories seek to answer are of the origin, the function, and