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Reddit Lecture -The Concept of Religion-2

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Published on Dec 3, 2012

Is "religion" really a cross-cultural universal? Where do the modern European words for religion--from the German "religion" to the Portuguese "religião"--come from? (Hint: the Latin "religio," which originally meant something rather surprising).

This is the second in a series of lectures for Reddit in which, I (Jason Ānanda Josephson) will be discussing the history of the concept of "religion" and investigating debates around its universality.

Lecture 1 is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tiQF...

Talk 2 is about the history of most modern Euro-American terms for religion and discusses the double-abstraction which has produced the modern category of religion.
Please leave your comments about this on Reddit.

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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