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Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion: Modern Fascinations

Daniel Gold


This book addresses a fundamental dilemma in religious studies. Exploring the tension between humanistic and social scientific approaches to thinking and writing about religion, the author develops a line of argument that begins with the aesthetics of academic writing in the field. He shows that successful writers on religion employ characteristic aesthetic strategies in communicating their visions of human truths, and examines these strategies with regard to epistemology and to the study of religion as a collective endeavor. The author looks at whether a peculiarly expressive genre of writing ... More

Keywords: religious studies, humanistic approach, social scientific approach, aesthetics, visions, human truths, epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520236134
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Gold, author