Aesthetics And Analysis In Writing On Religion Modern by Daniel Gold

By Daniel Gold

This booklet addresses a primary difficulty in spiritual experiences. Exploring the stress among humanistic and social medical methods to pondering and writing approximately faith, Daniel Gold develops a line of argument that starts off with the aesthetics of educational writing within the box. He exhibits that winning writers on faith hire attribute aesthetic concepts in speaking their visions of human truths. Gold examines those ideas with reference to epistemology and to the research of faith as a collective exercise.

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In the fashion of Tylor and Frazer, Marett often seems to present exotic examples as tantalizing curiosities, detached from their contexts and ordered through type. But among his types are basic religious feelings that he sees as transcending a Tylorean evolutionism and continuing to resonate in the religious sensibilities of his own contemporaries. Thus the book that emerged from his Gifford lectures he titled Faith, Hope, and Charity in Primitive Religion—an apparent oxymoron that reflects the ambivalent sentiments still found among scholars occupying the middle ground in religious studies.

31 She had returned in 1898 after seventeen years as a private scholar based in London. During that time she had visited Greek archeological sites and museums throughout Europe, lectured with great success on Greek art and archeology, and produced several books. 32 In Cambridge Harrison’s perspectives changed and widened. Her Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion drew on her archeological expertise to present a view of Greek religion that gave priority to ritual. Innovative, but solid, it was well received among classicists; not so her next major work, Themis, which was more daring.

Smith—of influential contemporary scholars perhaps the one most consciously indebted to the British rationalist tradition—treats his human subjects much more sympathetically than did his nineteenthcentury predecessors. His presentations of small-scale religions as traditions of problem solving, as will be seen in chapter 5, evoke feelings not of condescension toward primitives engaged in bad science but of empathy at human beings caught in very difficult situations. The scholars more celebratory of the symbolic material itself—Geertz, say, or Doniger—present it from a convinced naturalistic perspective and orient it to vital intellectual questions as they probe its human depth.

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