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The Elementary Forms of Religious Life by Émile Durkheim
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Mar 16, 08

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Read in March, 2008

My anthropology pal told me about this book after I read Eliade and I am so glad he did. I understand Durkheim's position as an armchair anthropologist and why certain people are critical of him, but he is able to get necessary distance and observation over massive forms within all religious life. It is very focused as far as the examples are concerned yet broad when you realize you are identifying a mass of Protestant beliefs and forms in religious life. Thanks for the suggestion!

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