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A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects free pdf A leading scholar explores the importance of physical objects and sensory experience in the practice of religion. "A History of Religion in 51/2 Objects" takes a fresh and much-needed approach to the study of that contentious yet vital area of human culture: religion. Arguing that religion must be understood in the first instance as deriving from rudimentary human experiences, from lived, embodied practices, S. Brent Plate asks us to put aside, for the moment, questions of belief and abstract ideas. Instead, beginning with the desirous, incomplete human body, he asks us to focus on five ordinary objects stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread with which we connect in our pursuit of religious meaning and fulfillment. As Plate considers each of these objects, he explores how the world s religious traditions have put each of them to different uses throughout the millennia. Religion, it turns out, has as much to do with our bodies as our beliefs. Maybe even more."

About S.Brent Plate

S. Brent Plate teaches religious studies at Hamilton College and is cofounder and managing editor of "Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief." His writings have been published in the "Washington Post," "Huffington Post," "Chronicle of Higher Education," " Christian Century," and "Religion Dispatches." His books include "Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World" and "Blasphemy: Art that Offends." He lives in Clinton, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

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Author : S.Brent Plate
Publisher : Beacon Press
Data Published : 30 March 2015
ISBN : 0807036706
EAN : 9780807036709
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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