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

3. Comparative and Historical Studies of Religions: The Return of Science

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

Luther H. Martin [+-]
University of Vermont
Luther H. Martin is Professor Emeritus of Religion, University of Vermont. He also has been a Distinguished International Fellow at the Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen’s University Belfast, and a Visiting Professor at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He is the author of Hellenistic Religions (1987) and of numerous articles in this field of his historical specialization. He has also published widely in the field of theory and method in the study of religion, especially, in the area of cognitive theory and historiographical method, and has coedited several volumes in this area, including Past Minds: Studies in Cognitive Historiography (2011). He is a founding member of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion and is co-editor of its Journal of the Cognitive Science of Religion.

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Comparative and historical studies of religion have often been considered to be related but different pursuits. From a theoretical perspective, however, the two inquiries are similarly defined by a subject matter that is separated from the researcher by distance, the one by space, the other by time. Recent insights from the cognitive sciences suggest that these two modes of inquiry engage similar mental processes. As such, conventional methods developed by comparativists and by historians might prove to be mutually profitably even as both are assessed and/or corrected by the mental constraints on method being identified by cognitive scientists of religion.

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Martin, Luther. 3. Comparative and Historical Studies of Religions: The Return of Science. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 33-45 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28090. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28090. Feb 2016

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