"The Heathen in His Blindness"--: Asia, the West, and the Dynamic of Religion

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BRILL, 1994 - Religion - 563 pages
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Today, most intellectuals agree that (a) Christianity has profoundly influenced western culture; (b) members from different cultures experience many aspects of the world differently; (c) the empirical and theoretical study of both culture and religion emerged within the West. The present study argues that these truisms have implications for the conceptualization of religion and culture. More specifically, the thesis is that non-western cultures and religions differ from the descriptions prevalent in the West, and it is also explained why this has been the case. The author proposes novel analyses of religion, the Roman 'religio', the construction of 'religions' in India, and the nature of cultural differences. Religion is important to the West because the constitution and the identity of western culture is tied to the dynamic of Christianity as a religion.
  

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Finally here is a book that shows us why the social sciences are not 'science' and how to go about making them real sciences.

Contents

INTRODUCTION i
8
NOT BY ONE AVENUE ONLY
33
THE WHORE OF BABYLON AND OTHER REVELATIONS
69
MADE IN PARIS LONDON AND HEIDELBERG
110
REQUIEM FOR A THEME
153
SHALL THE TWAIN EVER MEET?
188
GUILTY AS CHARGED MY LORDS AND LADIES?
223
A HUMAN TRAGEDY OR THE DIVINE RETRIBUTION?
265
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO SEEK
318
IMAGINE THERE Is No RELIGION
377
PROLEGOMENA TO A COMPARATIVE SCIENCE OF CULTURES
441
AT THE END OF A JOURNEY
501
REFERENCES
517
NAME INDEX
553
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S.N. Balagangadhara, Ph.D. (1991) in Philosophy, University of Ghent, is currently associated with the department of philosophy at the same university. His interest and publications are mainly in the area of comparative science of cultures.

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