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Overview: Religion

from Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology

"Religion’s referent can be endlessly illustrated, but its nature is notoriously hard to define. R. Otto argued that a specific quality – a ‘sense of the holy’ – may be found in all its core instances, while M. Eliade (1907–86) highlighted the distinction between the sacred and the profane. Others have maintained that the luxuriant variety of rites, beliefs, and symbols that go under the label ‘religion’ can only be characterized by a kind of family resemblance or organized under a number of functional headings..."

Heim, S. Mark. "Religion." Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, edited by Ian A. McFarland, et al., Cambridge University Press, 1st edition, 2011. Credo Reference, http://lscsproxy.lonestar.edu/login?url=https://search.credoreference.com/
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Academic Study of Religion

Queen, Edward L., II. "academic study of religion." Encyclopedia of American Religious History, edited by Edward L. Queen, et al., Facts On File, 4th edition, 2018. Credo Reference, http://lscsproxy.lonestar.edu/login?url=https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/fofr/academic_study_of_religion/0?institutionId=5037.

Academic Study of Religion

from Encyclopedia of American Religious History.
The academic study of religion has been a major component of American higher education since the founding of the first university in what would become the United States, Harvard, in 1636. In fact, most of the early institutions of higher education had their impetus in the desire to ensure the existence of an educated ministry. Since that time, the nature of the academic study of religion has changed dramatically, with many in the field questioning whether ministerial study qualifies as coming under the academic study of religion.

Queen, Edward L., II. "academic study of religion." Encyclopedia of American Religious History, edited by Edward L. Queen, et al., Facts On File, 4th edition, 2018. Credo Reference, http://lscsproxy.lonestar.edu/login?url=https://search.credoreference.com
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