Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

71. Does the academic study of religion deny the existence of god?

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Blair Alan Gadsby [+-]
Blair Alan Gadsby is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Religious Studies (M.A., 1992) and is currently Adjunct Faculty of Religious Studies at Mesa Community College in Arizona teaching World Religions, among other courses. He is also researching the pluralistic forms of Islam on the east African coast in the city of Mombasa in Kenya, where he lived in the 1980s and witnessed firsthand the multi-religious civic harmony that can be achieved in a dominantly Islamic region.

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Religion in Five Minutes provides an accessible and lively introduction to the questions about religion and religious behaviour that interest most of us, whether or not we personally identify with -- or practice -- a religion. Suitable for beginning students and the general reader, the book offers more than 60 brief essays on a wide range of fascinating questions about religion and its study, such as: How did religion start? What religion is the oldest? Who are the Nones? Why do women seem to play lesser roles in many religions? What’s the difference between a religion and a cult? Is Europe less religious than North America? Is Buddhism a philosophy? How do we study religions of groups who no longer exist? Each essay is written by a leading authority and offers succinct, insightful answers along with suggestions for further reading, making the book an ideal starting point for classroom use or personal browsing.

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Gadsby, Blair. 71. Does the academic study of religion deny the existence of god?. Religion in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 265-268 Aug 2017. ISBN 9781781794654. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=33045. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33045. Aug 2017

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