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Religious Worlds: The Comparative Study of Religion

by William E. Paden

PUBLISHED: 31st August 1994
ISBN: 9780807012291
ANNOTATION:
"A useful overview of contemporary trends in the study of the faiths of today's world".—Publishers Weekly. "A good introduction to the phenomenology of religion. Stressing that religions are not just systems of belief, but forms of behavior . . . Paden focuses on four key complementary categories: myth, ritual, gods and systems of purity".—Choice. Includes new preface.
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PUBLISHED: 31st August 1994
ISBN: 9780807012291
ANNOTATION:
"A useful overview of contemporary trends in the study of the faiths of today's world".—Publishers Weekly. "A good introduction to the phenomenology of religion. Stressing that religions are not just systems of belief, but forms of behavior . . . Paden focuses on four key complementary categories: myth, ritual, gods and systems of purity".—Choice. Includes new preface.

Annotation

"A useful overview of contemporary trends in the study of the faiths of today's world".—Publishers Weekly. "A good introduction to the phenomenology of religion. Stressing that religions are not just systems of belief, but forms of behavior . . . Paden focuses on four key complementary categories: myth, ritual, gods and systems of purity".—Choice. Includes new preface.

Publisher Description

From Gods, to ritual observance to the language of myth and the distinction between the sacred and the profane, Religious Worlds explores the structures common to all spiritual traditions.

Author Biography

William Paden is professor and chair of the department of religion at the University of Vermont.

Review

One of the best thought out and written introductions to the study of religion I have seen thus far. It not only explains but invites discussion and comment. --Charles H. Long, University of California, Santa Barbara "A good introduction to the phenomenology of religion. Stressing that religions are not just systems of belief, but forms of behavior...Paden focuses on four key complementary categories: myth, ritual, gods and systems of purity." --Choice

"[Religious Worlds] provides clear bases of comparison from all of the world religions." --American Anthropologist

"A richly textured study of religion . . . . erudite and written in a very lucid prose style." --Philosophy East & West

"A useful overview of contemporary trends in the study of the faiths of today's world." --Publishers Weekly

"A work of thoughtful breadth." --Religious Studies Review

Product Details

Author
William E. Paden
Short Title
RELIGIOUS WORLDS 2/E
Language
English
Edition
2nd
ISBN-10
0807012297
ISBN-13
9780807012291
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
1994
Publication Date
1994-08-31
Subtitle
The Comparative Study of Religion
Country of Publication
United States
Publisher
Beacon Press (MA)
Pages
208
Audience
General/Trade
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