Advertisement

Understanding Religion

Chapter
  • 60 Downloads

Abstract

The Christian theologian Augustine (354–430) once said, “If you do not ask me what time is, I know; if you ask me, I do not know.”1 The same point applies to the terms religion and religious. At first sight these words appear to be self-explanatory, yet they defy precise definition because they carry different meanings for different people.

Keywords

Religious Tradition Christian Theologian World Religion Latin Term Proper Point 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Bibliography

  1. Argyle, M. Religious Behaviour. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1958.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Baird, R. D. Category Formation and the History of Religion. The Hague, Netherlands: Mouton, 1971.Google Scholar
  3. Bellah, R. Beyond Belief. New York: Harper & Row, 1970.Google Scholar
  4. Berger, P. L. The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1967.Google Scholar
  5. Bowker, J. W. The Sense of God: Sociological, Anthropological and Psychological Approaches to the Origin of the Sense of God. Oxford, Eng.: Clarendon Press, 1973.Google Scholar
  6. De Vries, J. The Study of Religion: A Historical Approach. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1967.Google Scholar
  7. De Waal Malefijt, A. Religion and Culture: An Introduction to Anthropology of Religion. New York: Macmillan, 1968.Google Scholar
  8. Dewey, J. A Common Faith. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1969.Google Scholar
  9. Eliade, M. A History of Religious Ideas. 2 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978, 1982.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Eliade, M. The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969.Google Scholar
  11. Eliade, M. The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion. New York: Harper & Row, 1961.Google Scholar
  12. Frazer, J. G. The New Golden Bough. T. H. Gaster (ed.). New York: Criterion Books, 1959.Google Scholar
  13. Freud, S. Civilization and Its Discontents. New York: Norton, 1961.Google Scholar
  14. Freud, S. The Future of an Illusion. Edinburgh, Scotland: Horace Liveright and the Institute of Psycho-analysis, 1938.Google Scholar
  15. Fromm, E. The Forgotten Language. New York: Grove Press, 1951.Google Scholar
  16. Hick, J. Philosophy of Religion. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1973.Google Scholar
  17. Holm, J. The Study of Religions. New York: Seabury Press, 1977.Google Scholar
  18. Hume, D. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1947.Google Scholar
  19. Huxley, J. S. Religion Without Revelation. New York: Harper & Row, 1957.Google Scholar
  20. James, W. The Varieties of Religious Experience. New York: Collier Books, 1970.Google Scholar
  21. Jung, C. G. Psychology and Religion. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1938.Google Scholar
  22. King, W. L. Introduction to Religion: A Phenomenological Approach. 2nd ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.Google Scholar
  23. Kristensen, W. B. The Meaning of Religion: Lectures in the Phenomenology of Religion. The Hague, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, 1960.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Ling, T. Karl Marx and Religion. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1980.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Müller, F. M. Natural Religion. London: Longmans, 1881.Google Scholar
  26. Ling, T. Introduction to the Science of Religion. London: Longmans, 1873.Google Scholar
  27. Novak, K. Ascent of the Mountain, Flight of the Dove. New York: Harper & Row, 1971.Google Scholar
  28. Parrish, F. L. The Classification of Religions: Its Relation to the History of Religions. Scottsdale, Ariz.: Herald Press, 1941.Google Scholar
  29. Schmidt, W. The Origin and Growth of Religion: Facts and Theories. New York: Lincoln MacVeagh, 1931.Google Scholar
  30. Schuon, F. The Transcendent Unity of Religions. New York: Harper & Row, 1975.Google Scholar
  31. Sharpe, E. J. Comparative Religion: A History. New York: Scribner’s, 1975.Google Scholar
  32. Smart, N. The Phenomenon of Religion. New York: Herder & Herder, 1973.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  33. Smith, W. C. The Meaning and End of Religion. New York: Mentor Books, 1962.Google Scholar
  34. Tart, C. States of Consciousness. New York: Dutton, 1975.Google Scholar
  35. Van der Leeuw, G. Religion in Essence and Manifestation. 2 vols. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.Google Scholar
  36. Vernon, G. Sociology of Religion. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962.Google Scholar
  37. Waardenburg, J. Classical Approaches to the Study of Religion. 2 vols. The Hague, Netherlands: Mouton, 1974.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  38. Wallace, A. F. C. Religion: An Anthropological View. New York: Random House, 1966.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© St. Martin’s Press, Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria CollegeUniversity of TorontoCanada

Personalised recommendations