Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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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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God / Goddess

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Author(s): Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati
Abstract: This contribution offers a critical approach to the category of “god”/“goddess,” key terms characterized by long-standing intellectual debate and controversy in the history of the study of …


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Author(s): Stephen Hunt
Abstract: The term ‘group’ has various connotations relevant to providing understanding of the dimensions and groundings of religious life. Moreover, given that the human group is defined in contrast…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Donald Carveth
Abstract: Guilt entails the idea of a debt one is obliged to repay. Legal or metaphysical guilt and psychological or experiential guilt need not correspond. One can be guilty but not feel it; one can feel it, but not be it. Guilt may be co…
Date: 2014-09-16