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The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion

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496 pages
This prestigious Companion offers the most comprehensive survey to date of the study of religion. Featuring a team of international contributors, and edited by one of the most widely respected scholars in the field, The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion provides an interdisciplinary and authoritative guide to the subject.

  • Examines the main approaches to the study of religion: anthropology, the comparative method, economics, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and theology.
  • Also covers a diverse range of topical issues, such as the body, fundamentalism, magic, and new religious movements
  • Consists of 24 essays written by an outstanding team of international scholars
  • Reviews, within each chapter, an outline of a particular subfield and traces its development up to the present day
  • Debates how the discipline may look in the future
  • Represents all the major issues, methods and positions in the field
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List of Contributors
Introduction Robert A. Segal
Contents
Part I:APPROACHES 1. Anthropology of Religion Fiona Bowie  2. The Comparative Method Paul Roscoe
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Economics of Religion Rodney Stark
Literature and Religion Stephen Prickett
Phenomenology of Religion Thomas Ryba
Philosophy of Religion Charles Taliaferro Psychology of Religion Roderick Main
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Sociology of Religion Grace Davie Theology Ian Markham
CONTENTS
Part II:TOPICS10. Body Richard H. Roberts 11. Death and Afterlife Douglas J. Davies 12. Ethics G. Scott Davis 13. Fundamentalism Henry Munson 14. Heaven and Hell Jeffrey Burton Russell 15. Holy Men/Holy Women Lawrence S. Cunningham 16. Magic Gustavo Benavides 17. Modernity and Postmodernity Colin Campbell 18. Mysticism Jeffrey J. Kripal 19. Myth Robert A. Segal 20. Nationalism and Religion Mark Juergensmeyer 21. New Religious Movements Lorne L. Dawson 22. Pilgrimage Simon Coleman 23. Ritual Catherine Bell 24. Secularization Steve Bruce Consolidated Bibliography Index
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