Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

1. The Magic and Drudgery in J.Z. Smith's Theory of Comparison

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

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.

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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.

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Strenski, Ivan . 1. The Magic and Drudgery in J.Z. Smith's Theory of Comparison. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 7-16 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28088. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28088. Feb 2016

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