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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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What Do We Mean by “Religion”?

What Do We Mean by “Religion”?

(p.15) One What Do We Mean by “Religion”?
Before Religion

Brent Nongbri

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the definition of religion in a more precise manner. It uses the term “the modern notion of religion” to refer to a dominant way the term is used in the U.S. now. It argues that religion and faith are not mysterious things that have always been present to some degree in all human cultures in all history. It explains that there is a history of religion that needs to be uncovered than just plainly assuming that it's simply there.

Keywords:   religion, history, modern notion of religion, human cultures, United States

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