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A Century of Theological and Religious Studies in Britain, 1902-2002$
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Ernest Nicholson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263051

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263051.001.0001

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The study of religions

The study of religions

Chapter:
(p.270) (p.271) 10. The study of religions
Source:
A Century of Theological and Religious Studies in Britain, 1902-2002
Author(s):

Keith Ward

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263051.003.0011

This chapter discusses the study of religions. The first section attempts to define the term ‘religion’, and shows that specific definitions of religion clearly express the inclinations of their propagators. The patterns of religion are examined, followed by a discussion of the various anthropological approaches. The phenomenological approach and social theories of religion are studied, along with reasons and religious belief. The problem of religious diversity is discussed in the latter portion of the chapter.

Keywords:   study of religions, defining religion, patterns of religion, anthropological approaches, phenomenological approach, social theories, religious belief, religious diversity

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