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Before ReligionA History of a Modern Concept$
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Brent Nongbri

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300154160

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300154160.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Before Religion
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Brent Nongbri

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300154160.003.0001

This chapter explores the history of the concept of religion, using data from diverse fields of research to show that religion does have history. The concept of religion as a sphere of life separate from politics, economics, and science is a recent development in European history, one that has been projected outward in space and backwards in time with the result that religion appears to be a natural and necessary part of the world. It argues, however, that this appearance turns out to be thin and tends to dissipate under close historical examination.

Keywords:   religion, European history, politics, economics, science, concept of religion

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