Studying Religion: An Introduction

Studying Religion An Introduction Widely used as a primer a text and a provocation to critical thinking Studying Religion aims to develop students skills The book clearly explains the methods and theories employed in the study of re

  • Title: Studying Religion: An Introduction
  • Author: Russell T. McCutcheon
  • ISBN: 9781845530129
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Widely used as a primer, a text and a provocation to critical thinking, Studying Religion aims to develop students skills The book clearly explains the methods and theories employed in the study of religion Essays are offered on a range of topics from the history and functions of religion to public discourse on religion and the classification of religions The worksWidely used as a primer, a text and a provocation to critical thinking, Studying Religion aims to develop students skills The book clearly explains the methods and theories employed in the study of religion Essays are offered on a range of topics from the history and functions of religion to public discourse on religion and the classification of religions The works of key scholars from Karl Marx, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Rudolf Otto to Mircea Eliade, James G Frazer, and Sigmund Freud are analysed and explored Studying Religion represents a shift away from the traditional focus of describing the exotic or curious religious Other to an examination of how religious behaviours and institutions are studied The book will be invaluable to students of religious studies.

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    1. This is an unconventional textbook, but a good one. The chapters are really short, but packed with info. The actual content of the book's chapters make up roughly 55-60 pages (accounting for blank and half-filled pages). The chapters begin with little abstracts and address some of the major issues that you'd expect a religious studies scholar like McCutcheon to highlight:Intro: What is the Study of Religion?1: What's in a Name? [on definition-related issues]2: The History of "Religion" ["religio [...]

    2. I like the way the topics of the chapters are broken down. I appreciate the glossary. I'm not sure what to do with 74 pages of 2 pages overviews of scholars. Chapter 6 "The Insider/Outsider Problem" is, in my opinion, one of the better framed presentations of the topic.BUT the writing is ATROCIOUS. Almost every page has ridiculously long & complex sentences with parentheses, brackets within parentheses, dashes, subordinate clauses etc. etc. I don't think this a good text for first year Intro [...]

    3. I've now read three of McCutcheon's books. While his basic idea is great, it seems that in all of his writing he mostly repeats himself. For example, in this book I was hoping to get some ideas of methodology in studying religion. But it didn't happen. Basically, he mostly likes to write about how Eliade and Rudolf Otto were wrong, and how most religious scholars follow them, therefore being incorrect also. The argument is that Eliade and Otto say that religion is a thing into itself. It has for [...]

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