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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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. Harry Potter Years by J. Free Play and the Foreclosure of New Babylon. Find it on Scholar.

Smith is highly self-conscious as a historian of religion of Judaism and reflects on what does the exercise of this profession implicates. Dec 18, Miller Sherling rated it it was amazing. PaperbackReprintimagininy.

In his analyses, religion emerges as the product of historically and geographically situated human ingenuity, cognition, and curiosity—simply put, relition the result froj human labor, babtlon of the decisive but wholly ordinary ways human beings create the worlds imagniing which they live and make sense of them. 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.


The Unknown God Myth in History. Customers who bought this item also bought. Smith has pointed the academic study of religion in a new theoretical direction, one neither theological nor willfully ideological. See details for additional description. Request removal from index. Imagining Oneself to Be Another. Melanie rated it really liked it Oct 01, Religion is solely the creation of the scholar’s study. The Sacred and The Profane: Sarason, Religious Studies Review Preview — Imagining Religion by Jonathan Z.

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Selected pages Title Page. Making use of examples as apparently diverse and exotic as the Maori cults in nineteenth-century New Zealand and the events of Jonestown, Smith imaining that religion must be construed as conventional, anthropological, historical, and as an exercise of imagination.

Five years later, I have gone to graduate school and read a lot more nonfiction, so I better appreciated it.

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History of Western Philosophy. No trivia or quizzes yet. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. No ratings or reviews yet. Each essay here is a little gem, and should be read and savored by any serious student. Smith is the Robert O. Peter McLaren Limited preview – Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith does have one real flaw, though, which is that he assumes that everyone is as intelligent and careful as he is.

Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown

Sisyphus rated it it was amazing Mar 06, Ross – – Ethics 95 1: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He begins with the problem of classification, and stresses again and again the structuralist insight of how things only obtain significance by Like he says in the early chapters in the book, that scholars of religions should not attempt toward unification, integration, and systemization, this book as a whole also remains a bit disconnected and unfocused.


Simply an outstanding collectipn of essays. Imagining From the Inside: Decievingly obscure, but enlightening on second read- very dense material. Table Of Content Imagniing Introduction 1. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The chapter on Jonestown is fascinating.

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I knew nothing about the field, and am not an academic and read this by chance. University of Chicago Press- Religion – pages. One of these items ships sooner than the other. This is a very academic book way above my reading level.