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Reddit Lecture -The Concept of Religion-1

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Published on Nov 14, 2012

What is religion? What do people mean when they talk about religion? Religion is generally assumed to be a universal aspect of human experience found in all cultures.
More recently, however, a diverse array of scholars have called into question the very field of religious studies by demonstrating that "religion" is not a universal entity but a culturally specific category that took shape among Christian-influenced Euro-American intellectuals and missionaries.
In this reddit course, I (Jason Ānanda Josephson) will be discussing the history of the concept of "religion" and an investigation debates around its universality. In effect I'll be tracing the construction of religion as a modern concept and discussing all that this entails.
Please leave your comments about this on Reddit in r/historyofideas.

http://www.reddit.com/r/HistoryofIdea...
If you'd like to know more check out my book: http://www.amazon.com/Invention-Relig...

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