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Seven theories of religion by Daniel L. Pals

Seven theories of religion (edition 1996)

by Daniel L. Pals, E.B. Tylor (Author), J.G. Frazer (Author), Sigmund Freud (Author), Emile Durkheim (Author)4 more, Karl Marx (Author), Mircea Eliade (Author), E.E. Evans-Pritchard (Author), Clifford Geertz (Author)

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Title:Seven theories of religion
Authors:Daniel L. Pals
Other authors:E.B. Tylor (Author), J.G. Frazer (Author), Sigmund Freud (Author), Emile Durkheim (Author), Karl Marx (Author)3 more, Mircea Eliade (Author), E.E. Evans-Pritchard (Author), Clifford Geertz (Author)
Info:New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Collections:Your library
Tags:religion, history of religion, history, 19th century, 20th century, church, animism, personality, society, sacred, Durkheim, Karl Marx, Freud, anthropology

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"A sequence of attempts to explain religion scientifically"
  Philosophate02 | Oct 27, 2016 |
Pals surveys the major names: Tylor, Frazer, Freud, Durkheim, Marx, Eliade, Evans-Pritichard, and Geertz to describe seven main theories of religion in the history of religions. This is one of seminal theoretical works on religion.
1 vote gmicksmith | Jan 29, 2015 |
Articles by Tylor, Frazer, Freud, Durkheim, Karl Marx, Eliade, Evans-Pritchard, Geertz. Theories about what "religion" is, how it arises. This is part of an effort to frame a scientific theory of religion.

The Author is a professor/chairman at the University of Miami.
  keylawk | Dec 29, 2012 |
Interesting read that gives you a sound grasp of the main theories “explaining" religion. These range from superstitious primitive explanation of the natural world, projection and avoidance of human responsibilities, a means of creating allegiances of individuals to the group, illusion masking social oppression, expressions of the sacred over time, fundamental beliefs underpinning what is normal, expected, unexceptional social practices that to question is to ask for a destruction of all that is ordinary.

These theories as theories can be debated and weaknesses exposed as the book does. But what is interesting is to take them head on and consider the theological implications. Do we want a Christianity that has a bishop thanking God for deliverance from a car bomb, which had seen his wife and child killed days earlier? Do we want a Christianity that is about fellowship and community alone? Does Christianity side with the poor or the land-owners in 3rd world countries?

The last approach is a cause for more concern. Karen Armstrong explores the raise of fundamentalism since the early 20th century. Enlightenment, industrialisation and Liberals questioning all the key questions of their faith as part of the intellectual revolutions are experienced as attacking what is normal, right and ordinary, For them they are expected to question such fundamental “facts” that to do so would cause a major existential crisis that most of us are not capable of dealing with.

It’s to acknowledge that changing bible-belt Christians, Jewish settlers and Islamic jihadists need more then critical arguments. Friends at my Meeting some years ago went to an international Quaker conference about 5 years ago in South America but Evangelical African Friends saw them as pagans! ( )
1 vote ablueidol | Nov 12, 2006 |
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Seven Theories of Religion introduces a sequence of "classic" attempts to explain religion scientifically, presenting each in brief outline and in non-technical language. It considers first the views of E.B. Tylor and James Frazer, two Victorian pioneers in anthropology and the comparative study of religion. It explores the controversial "reductionist" approaches of Freud, Marx, and Emile Durkheim, then explains the program of their most outspoken opponent, the Romanian-American scholar Mircea Eliade. Further on, it examines certain newer methods and ideas advanced by the English ethnographer E.E. Evans-Pritchard and by the American Clifford Geertz, two of the present century's most celebrated names in fieldwork anthropology. Each chapter offers biographical background, exposition of the theory, comparative analysis, and critical assessment. Easily accessible to students in introductory religion courses, Seven Theories of Religion is an enlightening treatment of this controversial and fascinating subject.

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