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Religious Studies
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The prophets of Israel with their criticism of Canaanite worship, as well as the philosophers of antiquity with their attacks on Greek myths, held aloof from what we now call religion, an attitude that is essential in the study of religion. The same applies to Islamic geographers, Christian missionaries, European explorers, and students of mythology from the days of the Enlightenment, also of comparative linguistics from the days of Romanticism, especially w…

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Colpe, Carsten, “Religious Studies”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.49>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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