The Concept of Deity: A Comparative and Historical Study. The Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion in the University of Oxford, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Concept of Deity

A Comparative and Historical Study. The Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion in the University of Oxford, 1st Edition

By E.O. James

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202 pages

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Description

For good or ill, most, if not all, of the great institutions which have formed the framework of society have had their roots in the idea of Deity as a beneficent providential order of transcendental reality. In being handed down through countless generations the beliefs, concepts and customs have assumed a great variety of new outward forms in the process of transmission and development. To determine their true meaning and function as a cohesive force and as an expression of ultimate reality, the comparative and historical methods can be employed with considerable advantage. This book, first published in 1950, provides a valuable comparative study of religion.

Table of Contents

1. The Primitive Conception of Providence 2. The Worship of Nature 3. Oriental Pantheism 4. Anthropomorphism 5. Monolatry and Monotheism 6. Dualism 7. The Philosophy of Theism 8. The God of Religion 9. Divine Revelation

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Anthropology of Religion

This collection of previously out-of-print titles brings togther some key texts from the early study of the anthropology of religion. An important reference collection, these books will prove invaluable to students of religion and anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General