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Religion Is... What It Does: A Reply to Anthony B. Pinn

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In this chapter Jeppe Sinding Jensen and Anthony B. Pinn both focus on the idea of religion as a technology. Agreeing with Pinn’s definition, Jensen argues that the advantage of envisaging religion in this manner helps us to understand some things as other things. By this, he means that conceiving of religion as a technology returns us to the idea, so prevalent in the early study of religion, that religion has a function. By introducing value into a traditional classification system, Jensen argues, religion successfully creates, regulates, and disseminates important social “stuff.” Though Jensen takes Pinn to refer to the mind, Pinn rejects this and argues that an understanding or definition of religion cannot fail to take into consideration the body.

Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationWhat Is Religion? : Debating the Academic Study of Religion
EditorsAaron W. Hughes, Russell T. McCutcheon
Number of pages12
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication year1 Dec 2021
ISBN (print)978-0-19-006497-6
ISBN (Electronic)9780190064976
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

    Research areas

  • Definition, Function, Religion, Society, Technology

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