Imagining Religion has 79 ratings and 5 reviews. Roger said: This eclectic collection of essays remains inspiring today. Smith’s breadth of knowledge and. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Imagining Religion: From Babylon To Jonestown | With this influential book of essays, Jonathan Z. Smith has pointed the. Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown. By JONATHAN Z. SMITH. Chicago: had only the last few centuries in which to imagine religion. It is this act of.

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Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown

Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism: From Frrom to Jonestown by Jonathan Z. SmithPaperback Be the first to write a review. Smith Paperback, Delivery US shipping is usually within 12 to 17 working days.


Paperback Language of text: See all 6 brand new listings. Be the first to write a imagibing. About this product Synopsis 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 jonfstown. In his analyses, religion emerges as the product of historically and geographically situated human ingenuity, cognition, and curiosity–simply put, as the result of human labor, one of the decisive but wholly ordinary ways human beings create the worlds in which they live and make sense of them.

Smith scrutinizes the fundamental problems of taxonomy and comparison in religious studies, suggestively redescribes such basic categories as canon and ritual, and shows how frequently studied myths may more likely reflect situational incongruities than vaunted mimetic congruities.

His final essay, on Jonestown, demonstrates the interpretive power of the historian of religion to render intelligible bavylon in our own day which seems most bizarre.


Sarason, Religious Studies Review. Table Of Content Acknowledgments Introduction 1.

Some Contours of Early Judaism 2. In Comparison a Magic Dwells 3. Toward a Redescription of Canon 4.

The Bare Facts of Ritual 5. Myth in History 6. The Devil in Mr. Jones Appendixes Notes Index. Show More Show Less. Any Condition Any Condition.

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