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Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on ReligionModern Fascinations$
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Daniel Gold

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520236134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520236134.001.0001

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Introduction: Modern Dilemmas in Writing on Religion

Introduction: Modern Dilemmas in Writing on Religion

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(p.1) Introduction: Modern Dilemmas in Writing on Religion
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Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion
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Daniel Gold

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236134.003.0001

This chapter initiates a discussion on the aesthetics of writing on religion, engaging some questions raised by its apparent centrality in the field of religious studies. Most religion scholars seem to share a fascination with the human depth of the material they study, which makes the aesthetics of writing on religion more central to the institutional coherence of their field. A number of the most influential writers on religion have consistently managed to express something of the depth that they see in the data of religious life to others inside and outside the academy. The chapter declares the attempts of the book to rethink religious studies in a way that takes seriously the aesthetic dimensions of an influential strand of humanistic writing on religious life. This forms the foundation of the argument on the sufferings of interpretative writing from modern dilemma.

Keywords:   aesthetics of writing, religious studies, human depth, institutional coherence, humanistic writing, interpretative writing

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