1. The Magic and Drudgery in J.Z. Smith's Theory of Comparison
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Ivan Strenski [+]
University of California Riverside (retired)
Ivan Strenski was the Holstein Family and Community Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, until his retirement in 2015.
Jonathan Z. Smith has gained considerable notoriety for popularizing the phrase ‘in comparison a magic dwells.’ But, this assertion remains largely unanalyzed, despite it’s remarkable currency in discussions of comparison. I shall argue that Smith’s notion of comparison is largely undeveloped, leading to the corresponding undeveloped and unsophisticated conceptions of comparison in the study of religion.