Faces in the Clouds

Faces in the Clouds : A New Theory of Religion

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Religion is one of the most universal and most studied human phenomena, yet there exists no widely shared definition for it. This ambitious study provides and defends such a definition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 155.4 x 234.2 x 24.6mm | 592.2g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • frontispiece, 32 pp plates, halftones, line drawings
  • 0195098919
  • 9780195098914
  • 583,578

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readers will be intrigued by the book's more general thesis that this anthropomorphism is no less pervasive outside the field of art and aesthetic appreciation of nature, and by Guthrie's attempt to explain why this is so ... The explanation is surely plausible, and Guthrie presents it in a lively and lucid fashion. * Ronald W. Hepburn, British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 37, No. 3, July '97 * 'fascinating study of anthropomorphism'
Philip J. Stewart, Human Sciences Centre, Oxford, Social Anthropology, Volume 2, Part 2 - 1994 'The subtitle may be deceptive. What is offered here is not so much a "new" account of religion, as something potentially more interesting, namely a sophisticated and clearly argued defence of a classical view, generally neglected in recent studies of religion. Guthrie must be commended for paying attention to recurrent features of religious representations, which are too often neglected or treated as self-evident by cultural anthropologists. Such careful
attention to psychological findings and hypotheses is rare, and is the main reason why the book will be indispensable to all students of religion.'
Pascal Boyer, King's College, Cambridge, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion `Academic and seminary libraries will need this provocative and carefully argued explanation.'
Library Journal `"Witty, elegant, magnificently written....A stunning achievement that will have an enormous impact on religious studies."'
Robert Orsi, Indiana University `"A scholarly contribution to our understanding of the springs of the immagination."'
James W. Fernandez, University of Chicago `"Guthrie's argument is interesting, clearly set out, and well taken....The book is lucid, engaging, and very well written."'
Wayne Proudfoot, Columbia University
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About Stewart Guthrie

Stewart E. Guthrie is Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University and is the author of A Japanese New Religion.
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