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Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power

Stephen S. Bush


Three understandings of the nature of religion—religion as experience, symbolic meaning, and power—have dominated scholarly discussions, in succession, for the past hundred years. Proponents of each of these three approaches have tended to downplay, ignore, or actively criticize the others. But why should the three approaches be at odds? Religion as it is practiced involves experiences, meanings, and power, so students of religion should attend to all three. Furthermore, theorists of religion should have an account that carefully conceptualizes all three aspects, without regarding any of them ... More

Keywords: social practice, religious experience, meaning, power, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199387403
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen S. Bush, author
Brown University