Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 46, No 1 (2017)

Siblings Veiled by Ideology? Reflections on the Epistemological Kinship between the Phenomenology of Religion and Soviet Scientific Atheism

Stefan Ragaz
Issued Date: 18 Apr 2017


The essay proposes that historically Soviet scholarship on religion should not only be understood as the result of Marxist-Leninist ideology, but also as a phenomenological approach to religion operating in many ways with the same epistemological foundation as the Western phenomenology of religion.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsor.30968


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