9780807077054

Interpreting The Sacred

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807077054

  • ISBN10:

    0807077054

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2003-04-15
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Summary

William Paden's classic exploration in religious studies, with a new introduction In the current climate, Interpreting the Sacred provides a fresh, thorough way to consider and compare various religious belief systems. Paden puts forth the idea that our understanding of religion influences our understanding of ourselves and our world. Updated with a new introduction, this book is for anyone who wants to consider and discuss religious beliefs. "To appreciate the fascinating, forbidding landscape of current religious theory, one needs a clear map annotated by an observant guide. Interpreting the Sacred qualifies on both counts." -Christian Century William Paden is professor and chair of the department of religion at the University of Vermont.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Interpretive Frames
1(14)
The Challenge: Critical Interpretations of Religion
15(13)
As Society, So Religion
28(20)
As the Psyche, So the Gods
48(19)
Comparative Perspective in the Study of Religion
67(20)
Religious Interpretations of Religion: Views from the Inside
87(23)
The Contextuality of Interpretation
110(15)
Plurality: Issues and Implications
125(12)
Notes 137(16)
Index 153

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