This anthology provides students with a useful collection of theoretical essays concerning the nature of religion and the methodological means by which scholars analytically approach the subject. Organized in a point/counterpoint fashion, this volume will foster in-class discussion and the honing of a student's own critical perspectives.
This textbook anthology includes excerpts from fundamental works in the discipline, both classic and contemporary. It discusses the creation and present state of religious studies as an academic discipline, recounts the search for the origins of religion, and examines a variety of approaches to the subject, including phenomenological, historical, sociological, anthropological, psychological, ecological, feminist, and postmodern perspectives. Works by Frazer, Doniger, Durkheim, Weber, Isenberg, L<'e>vi-Strauss, Freud, Jung, Erikson, Hewitt, Daly, Foucault, and Derrida are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)