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Theories of Religion: A Reader

Edited by Seth Kunin, Jonathan Miles-Watson


Provides an anthology of key texts on the broad range of social scientific theories of religion

The aim of this book is to provide the student with an anthology of key texts on the broad range of social scientific theories of religion. The texts included come from a wide range of approaches to religion - unified both by the questions that they are addressing and the broadly social scientific perspective. The disciplines covered include: Anthropology, Phenomenology, Psychology and Sociology. We have also included some key texts relating to the Feminist approach to and critique of religion. The initial section of the book includes some of the foundational texts relating to the study of religion, for example material by Marx, Freud and Durkheim. The remaining sections look at more recent discussions of the issues from the different disciplinary perspectives. The book also includes introductory discussions that raise both the key issues developed in a particular discipline and also address the disciplinary approaches from a more critical stance. Each reading is introduced by a paragraph giving biographical details of the author.

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Phenomenology and the History of Religions
Sociological Approaches
Feminist Approaches

About the Author

Seth Kunin is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Durham. He is author of Religion: The Modern Theories (EUP, 2003).

Jonathan Miles-Watson is Lecturer in the Anthropology at the University of Wales Swansea.


Religion: The Modern Theories has helped me structure my teaching of this material and it has helped my students as a text book which supports and accompanies my teaching of the material. All that I was missing were the original sources that Kunin was drawing on. Now Kunin has graciously decided to furnish me with those very selections themselves. I will now have the sources available in a parallel volume … and refer one back to the other.
- Dr. Neil Gillman, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Jewish Philosophy, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America