IMAGINING RELIGION FROM BABYLON TO JONESTOWN PDF

Imagining Religion has 79 ratings and 5 reviews. Roger said: This eclectic collection of essays remains inspiring today. Smith’s breadth of knowledge and. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Imagining Religion: From Babylon To Jonestown | With this influential book of essays, Jonathan Z. Smith has pointed the. Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown. By JONATHAN Z. SMITH. Chicago: had only the last few centuries in which to imagine religion. It is this act of.

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Like he says in the early chapters in the book, that reigion of religions should not attempt toward unification, integration, and systemization, this book as a whole also remains a bit disconnected and unfocused. He begins with the problem of classification, and stresses again and again the structuralist insight of how things only obtain significance by being placed in relation to a bunch of other things but in more concrete historical contexts.

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Set up a giveaway. Green – – Utopian Studies 4 2: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His final essay, on Jonestown, demonstrates the interpretive power of the historian of religion to render intelligible frim in our own day which seems most bizarre.

From his first essays collected in Map Is Not Territory to his more recent musings in To Take Place and Drudgery Divine, he has outraged, stimulated, challenged, and restructured the study of religion in the modern academy.

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Each essay here is a little gem, and should be read and savored by any babylkn student.

Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown by Jonathan Z. Smith

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In a sense the joy of this book is not neccessarily due to the subject matter but the opportunity to observe a rigorous and intelligent scholar at work. Gitai Ben-ammi rated it really liked it Jul 03, His final essay, on Jonestown, demonstrates the interpretive power of the historian of religion to render intelligible that in our own day which seems most bizarre. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sisyphus rated it it was amazing Mar 06, Want to Read saving…. Judaism Paperback Books in Russian.

About all I got from this crappy little book is several hours of utterly wasted time. Smith does have one real flaw, though, which is that he assumes that everyone is as intelligent and careful as he is.

Essays by Jonathan Z. Request removal from index. Jul 28, Roger Green rated it really liked it.

RowlingHardcover The Bare Facts of Ritual 5. His final essay, on Jonestown, demonstrates the interpretive power of the historian of imagning to render intelligible that in our own day which seems most bizarre. Smith scrutinizes the fundamental problems of taxonomy and comparison in religious frpm, suggestively redescribes such basic categories as canon and ritual, and shows how frequently studied myths may more likely reflect situational incongruities than vaunted mimetic congruities.

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Smith scrutinizes the fundamental problems of taxonomy and comparison in religious studies, suggestively redescribes such basic categories as canon and ritual, and shows how frequently studied myths may more likely reflect situational incongruities than vaunted mimetic congruities. Return to Book Page. Allison rated it liked it Jul 23, His final essay, on Jonestown, demonstrates the interpretive power of the historian of religion to render intelligible that in our own day which seems most bizarre.

From Babylon to Jonestown by Jonathan Z. Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion.

Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown

About this product Synopsis With this influential book of essays, Jonathan Z. See all 6 brand new listings. Religion has no independent jonestkwn apart from the academy. Smith has pointed the academic study of religion in a new theoretical direction, one neither theological nor willfully ideological. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Religion is solely the creation of the scholar’s study.