Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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Subject: Religious Studies

Edited by: Robert A. Segal & Kocku von Stuckrad.

The Vocabulary for the Study of Religion offers a unique overview of critical terms in the study of religion(s). This first dictionary in English covers a broad spectrum of theoretical topics used in the academic study of religion, including those from adjacent disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, historiography, theology, philology, literary studies, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, and political sciences.

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Author(s): Theodore Vial
Abstract: The word “baptism” comes from the Greek word for washing. Baptism can be by immersion (in ritual bath or flowing water), affusion (pouring water over head), or aspersion (sprinkling). Bapti…


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Author(s): Helio Carpintero
Abstract: Behavior is here considered as a biological activity of living organisms that ensures their self-preservation. But in the case of human beings, it is a complex process that largely depends …


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Author(s): Brian Clack
Abstract: Beliefs seem to be a conspicuous element of religion, but what does it mean to believe anything, not just something religious? After presenting the characterization of belief as a specific propositional attitude, this article considers two distinct accounts of belief: representationalism and dispositionalism. The differences between religious beliefs and “ordinary” beliefs are then outlined, and issues concerning the nature and justification of religious belief are addressed. Finally, there is a consderation of debates over the definition of religio…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Abby Day
Date: 2014-09-16