Explaining religion: criticism and theory from Bodin to Freud

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Scholars Press, Jan 2, 1996 - Religion - 231 pages
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J. Samuel Preus traces the development and articulation of a modern "naturalistic" approach to the study of religion by examining ideas about the origin of religion in the works of nine western thinkers: Jean Bodin, Herbert of Cherbury, Bernard Fontenelle, Giambattista Vico, David Hume, Auguste Comte, Edward Brunett Tylor, Emile Durkheim, and Sigmund Freud. He argues that beginning in the sixteenth century increasing critical detachment from theological presuppositions and commitments made it possible for the question of origins to be posed from an altogether non-religious point of view. This new modernist paradigm was characterized by the conviction that religion could be explained in scientific terms, like any other object of critical investigation.

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While Preus does a great job outlining each of the scholars included, his writing becomes confusing, due to the inability to see which statements are his own and which are the scholars. Preus does a ... Read full review

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Not a bad introduction to the classic thinkers about religion- Durkheim, Freud, etc. Read full review

Contents

Jean Bodin
3
Herbert of Cherbury
23
Bernard Fontenelle
40
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About the author (1996)

J. Samuel Preus is Ruth N. Halls Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Indiana University.

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