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Title: Approaches to the Study of Religion
Author: Connolly, Peter
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Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 1999
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780304337101
Volumes: 1; Pages: 304
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It has been argued that religious studies is a polymethodic discipline, and that the student of religion should be familiar with the approaches of the major disciplines concerned with understanding the nature of religion, not least because the approach adopted has profound influence on the phenomena chose for investigation and the conclusions reached. This book is the first textbook, specifically designed for undergraduate students, that provides the essential background on methods of the major relevant disciplines. Presenting each of the significant approaches to religion in an informed manner, the book brings together experienced researchers from feminism, anthropology, sociology, phenomenology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. It presents a consistent approach throughout, with each chapter dealing with the same themes: the historical development of the approach, the characteristics of the approach, and the surrounding issues and debates.