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Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown

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With this influential book of essays, Jonathan Z. Smith has pointed the academic study of religion in a new theoretical direction, one neither theological nor willfully ideological. Making use of examples as apparently diverse and exotic as the Maori cults in nineteenth-century New Zealand and the events of Jonestown, Smith shows that religion must be construed as conventional, anthropological, historical, and as an exercise of imagination. In his analyses, religion emerges as the product of historically and geographically ...

Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown 1988, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226763606

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Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown 1982, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226763583

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