Towards a General Theory of Religion
Religions of a Single God - A Critical Introduction to Monotheisms from Judaism to Baha'i - Zeba A. Crook
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Zeba A. Crook is Professor of Religious Studies at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. He is a specialist in early Christianity and Graeco-Roman culture, but was drawn to the study of religion more broadly, and the study of these three religions in particular by teaching it. That his course on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam at Carleton University has attracted an average of six hundred students per year since he arrived there in 2003 shows the enduring interest in this material among young adults.
This chapter surveys a portion of the history of studying religion, and introduces some of the complex issues that scholars of religion wrestle with. Scholars of religion disagree on so many things, substantial and seemingly insubstantial, but the one feature that permeates all of their work despite those differences is that the study of religion differs from being religious. It is not that they are incompatible. They’re just different.