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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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Renaissance, Reformation, and Religion in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Renaissance, Reformation, and Religion in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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(p.85) Five Renaissance, Reformation, and Religion in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
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Before Religion
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Brent Nongbri

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300154160.003.0006

This chapter presents an account of the development of the notion of religion. It seeks to answer the question: if religions have not simply “just been there” since antiquity, how did this particular way of conceiving of the world, the manner of carving the world into “religious” and “not-religious,” became dominant? It also provides results of some disparate strands of scholarship that have been converging toward to a useful understanding of the emergence of the religious/secular divide.

Keywords:   religions, religious, non-religious, secular, notion of religion, conceiving of the world

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