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9. Towards a Secular Theory of Religious Experience

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1. Title Title of document 9. Towards a Secular Theory of Religious Experience - Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Olav Hammar; University of Southern Denmark; Denmark
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; History
4. Subject Keyword(s) comparative religion;religious experience; secular approaches; theory
6. Description Abstract The title of this chapter is calqued on that of a book that the recipient of the present Festschrift edited together with Mikael Rothstein (Jensen & Rothstein 2000). The aim of that book was to present views on religion that were freed from theological agendas, even in their most vestigial guises. Two common elements emerge from the contributors’ papers – over and above the negative self-definition as not pursuing a religious goal. First, the term ‘secular’ is to be taken as shorthand for employing the same naturalistic and critically informed kinds of theories and methods that are found in the natural sciences, the social sciences and humanities. Second, given that the prime agent in the world of religions is the human being, and not spirits, gods or ancestors, understanding human motivations is paramount to understanding religion. The present chapter constitutes a belated voice in the same chorus that collectively made itself heard in Jensen’s and Rothstein’s volume, and argues for similarly discarding any remaining vestiges of religious agendas when approaching that staple of our discipline: religious experience.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Feb-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.28096
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) international,
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