Explaining and Interpreting Religion: Essays on the Issue

Robert Segal

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This collection of recent essays on the social scientific study of religion makes the fundamental claim that on the one hand social scientists cannot be facilely grouped into -explainers- rather than -interpreters- of religion and that on the other hand scholars of religious studies - religionists - cannot fend off the social scientific challenge by rejecting explanation for interpretation. Not only are the concepts of explanation and interpretation defined differently in different fields, but by most definitions of the terms religionists and social scientists alike both explain and interpret religion. An acute hiatus between religionists and social scientists remains, but it is over how, not whether, religion gets explained and interpreted.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages155
ISBN (Print)0820419141
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1992

Publication series

NameToronto Studies in Religion


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