A Magic Still Dwells: Comparative Religion in the Postmodern by Kimberley C. Patton, Benjamin C. Ray

By Kimberley C. Patton, Benjamin C. Ray

The 1st thorough overview of the sector of comparative faith in 40 years, this groundbreaking quantity surmounts the possible intractable department among postmodern students who reject the comparative pastime and those that verify it. The members show broader imaginative and prescient of faith, concerning diversified scales of comparability for various reasons, is either justifiable and necessary.
A Magic nonetheless Dwells brings jointly best historians of religions from a variety of backgrounds and vantage issues, and attracts from traditions as diversified as Indo-European mythology, old Greek faith, Judaism, Buddhism, Ndembu ritual, and the spectrum of religions practiced in the United States. The members take heavily the postmodern critique, clarify its impression on their paintings, uphold or reject numerous premises, and in different circumstances show new comparative ways. jointly, the essays symbolize a state of the art review of present matters within the comparative examine of faith.

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