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Introduction

  • Gabriel Motzkin
Part of the Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture book series (PSCC, volume 1)

Abstract

In our culture, religion often appears to be a marginal phenomenon. For most people presently alive, religion may still be the way by which they think about their lives. In the West, however, most books that are written have nothing to do with religion. Within universities, religion is even more marginal, tucked away in departments of comparative religion or hauntingly present in old and empty churches erected by anonymous founders who have rotted long ago. For scientists, religion is a non-scientific activity that occupies people when they are outside the university. For humanists, religion is part of the context of the past; it is studied as an influence on texts, but not as a source of wisdom. Nor do religious influences inform the discourse of the humanities.

Keywords

Religious Experience Historical Explanation Historical Writing Contextual Explanation Immanent World 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Motzkin
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  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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