Theorizing Religions Past

Theorizing Religions Past

Archaeology, History, and Cognition

by Luther H. Martin and Harvey Whitehouse

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/01/2004

Historians bound by their singular stories and archaeologists bound by their material evidence don't typically seek out broad comparative theories of religion. But recently Harvey Whitehouse's "modes of religiosity" theory has been attracting many scholars of past religions. Based upon universal features of human cognition, Whitehouse's theory can provide useful comparisons across cultures and historical periods even when limited cultural data is present. In this groundbreaking volume, scholars of cultures from prehistorical hunter-gatherers to 19th century Scandinavian Lutherans evaluate Whitehouse's hypothesis that all religions tend toward either an imagistic or a doctrinal mode depending on how they are remembered and transmitted. Theorizing Religions Past provides valuable insights for all historians of religion and especially for those interested in a new cognitive method for studying the past.
Religion & beliefs
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Cognitive Science of Religion
AltaMira Press,U.S.
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United States
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