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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Deconstruction

(2,702 words)

Author(s): Barry Stocker
Abstract: This article on deconstruction focuses on the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, though other authors are also noted. Derrida’s work on religion is tied to his views of the limits of experience…

Deconversion

(2,919 words)

Author(s): Stephen Kent | Ashley Samaha
Abstract: Researchers use “deconver…
Date: 2014-09-16

Definitions of Religion

(2,515 words)

Author(s): Daniel Dubuisson
Abstract: There are many competing definitions, both of a religion — a specialized human institution, proper to a given culture — and of
Date: 2014-09-16

Demography

(2,981 words)

Author(s): Göran Larsson
Abstract: Demography focuses on how a population changes over time, for …

Demythologization

(1,466 words)

Author(s): David Fergusson
Abstract: Rudolf Bultmann’s project of demythologization sought to reject the long outmoded, pre-scientific worldview of the New Testame…

Deprivation

(2,463 words)

Author(s): Christian Karner
Abstract: Relating the standard sociological definition of deprivation — as “inequality of access to social goods” — to a multi-axial understanding …

De-secularization

(6 words)

Abstract:   ⸙Secularization and De-secularization Bibliography 

Deus otiosus

(1,272 words)

Author(s): Robert Segal
Abstract: The term deus otiosus refers to the widespread, whether or not universal, belief that the creator God, upon finishing creati…

Deviance

(1,964 words)

Author(s): Jay Johnston