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The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith

Timothy Larsen

Abstract

Throughout its entire history the discipline of anthropology has been perceived as having a bias against Christian faith. Many of its most prominent theorists have been agnostics who assumed that ethnographic findings and theories had discredited religious beliefs. E. B. Tylor, the founder of the discipline in Britain, lost his faith through studying anthropology. James Frazer saw the material in his highly influential work, The Golden Bough, as demonstrating that Christian thought was based on the erroneous thought patterns of ‘savages’. On the other hand, some of the most eminent anthropolog ... More

Keywords: anthropology, British social anthropology, Christianity, ethnography, theology, faith and doubt, history of social sciences, agnosticism, Christian intellectuals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657872
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657872.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Larsen, author
McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College