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Theory for Religious Studies
In this handy volume, two professors of religious studies provide the student of religious studies - whether the motivated undergraduate, graduate student, or professor - with a brief review of theorists' work from the perspective of religious studies. For example, in 5-10 pages, the reader will get a review of Emmanuel Levinas's work as it offers insights for scholars in ...more
Published September 15th 2004 by Routledge
(first published January 4th 2004)
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This is the book that EVERY Religious Studies doctoral student should have; it should be handed out at the beginning of their graduate program and required reading for the ABD. I would have spared myself easily months of confusion and angst if I had had this book recommended to me. If it's not a perfect text, then it's at least an ESSENTIAL one.
Jul 18, 2014 Tim Mayer rated it really liked it
I loved this book. When I was getting my degree in religious studies this was one of the books for my senior seminar. The book starts off describing the influence of the "predecessors" Freud, Marx, Nietzsche and Saussure. Then it has an alphabetical listing of the theorists. Some are actual theorists of religion, but most are from other social sciences--sociology, anthropology, gender studies. Their influence on religious studies and allied fields is examined. I didn't have time to read ...more
Timothy Beal is Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and former director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. He has published ten books, including Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and one of Publishers Weekly’s ten Best Religion Books of 2005; ...moreMore about Timothy Beal...