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Emotion, Identity, and ReligionHope, Reciprocity, and Otherness$
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Douglas J. Davies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199551538.001.0001

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Merit, Grace, and Pardon

Merit, Grace, and Pardon

(p.164) 7 Merit, Grace, and Pardon
Emotion, Identity, and Religion

Douglas J. Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how the fact of reciprocity and the notion of merit easily lead to what is often identified as religious behaviours and ideas, not least that of merit as salvation capital. In fact, this natural spectrum demonstrates just how difficult it is to separate ‘religious’activities from the apparently secular forms of ordinary reciprocal exchange and the attributing of status and prestige to people in everyday life.

Keywords:   merit, grace, pardon, reciprocity

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