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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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Conclusion: After Religion?

Conclusion: After Religion?

(p.154) Conclusion: After Religion?
Before Religion

Brent Nongbri

Yale University Press

This chapter argues that the idea of religion is not as natural or universal as it mostly assumed to be. It explains that religion has a history: it was born out of the mix of Christian disputes about truth, European colonial exploits, and the formation of nation-states. Despite this, religion continues to be a focus of study based largely on the assumption that religion is simply a fact of human life and always has been.

Keywords:   religion, Christian, history, nation-states, human life, European colonial exploits

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