Religion Defined and Explained

  • Peter B. Clarke
  • Peter Byrne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 3-27
    3. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 28-54
    4. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 55-75
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 79-97
    3. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 98-121
    4. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 122-147
    5. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 148-172
    6. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 173-203
    7. Peter B. Clarke, Peter Byrne
      Pages 204-206
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 207-216

About this book

Introduction

This book examines a selection of major types of theory explaining religion: religious, philosophical, sociological, socio-economic and psychological. It treats of the presuppositions behind such theories and the grounds of their necessity and validity. It looks at major styles in the definition of religion. It argues that the case for making religion the subject of large scale theorising has not been made and contends that the explanation of religion proceeds better by concentrating on the specifics of religious history and the interconnections between religious ideas.

Keywords

argue bibliography dynamics history history of literature knowledge philosophy religion subject

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter B. Clarke
    • 1
  • Peter Byrne
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230374249
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1993
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-38986-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37424-9
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