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Seven Theories of Religion
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, ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published April 18th 1996)
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An excessively academic study stifled by its polite rhetoric; half the book is fluffed introduction. Selection of theories & major figures is almost incoherent, jammed together for the sake of the project rather than naturally flowing from the actual impact on major thinkers in the last two centuries. This is one of those highly summary books which gives the illusion of information by its selectivity of main ideas from various sources, but in the end makes no conclusions or syntheses or sign ...more
This is not a book to read in hopes of discovering a general theory of religion. It is, instead, a wonderful study of why such a one-size-fits-all theory will be difficult if not impossible for cultural anthropologists to construct. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and learned much about the truths the seven great students of human religions unearthed and also the errors that rendered each one's work far from perfect.
sangat menarik sekali ketika melihat pandangan agama dari berbagai tokoh, katakanlah marx yang mengatakan agama adalah candu, implikasi logis durkheim merupakan fakta dan fenomena sosiologis, agama itu hanyalah ilusi oleh freud dan beberapa tokoh lain pun memakai berbagai pandangan masing-masingnya. dan silahkan anda akan menambahkan subyektifis anda sendiri mengenai agama menurut anda pribadi..
I thoroughly recommend this book to help one study the many theories of religions from the academic standpoint. This book is really well put together. I used this book to get me through one of my collage classes at UNCG. It's an amazing book and believe me, I really put this book to good use.